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The Grand Hotel - Gregory Day


Published: 1st July 2010
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Strange things are happening at the Grand Hotel...

A hotel as a work of art in little ol' Mangowak? It was about as unlikely as an indoor creek.'

Robbed of his zest for life by the absurd innovations of his local council, including knocking down the only pub in his beloved home town and roofing over a section of the creek to protect swimmers from the rain, artist Noel Lea exiles himself in the hills above Mangowak, on the southwest Victorian coast. He returns to find an unexpected destiny awaits. At a turning point in the town's history it seems he has a crucial role to play, as the unlikely publican of an even unlikelier hotel.

This is a novel about an Australian pub twenty-first-century style, where the toilets play automated Dadaist recordings, Happy Hour comes with a blessing from the Pope and the patrons' libidos are as voracious as their thirst for the local ale. As events in the hotel take a twist that not even its inventive publican could have imagined, a long-held local mystery begins finally to unravel. Noel and his friends find themselves in uncharted territory, and, to make matters worse, the local authorities are hell-bent on closing them down.

From the award-winning author of THE PATRON SAINT OF EELS and RON MCCOY’S SEA OF DIAMONDS, Gregory Day's third novel is a witty, earthy and lyrical tour de force that takes some well-aimed swipes at the aspirations and absurdities of contemporary life.

Reading Group Book Questions

  1. It has been suggested that a major theme of The Grand Hotel is the fine line between laughter and tears. Do you agree?
  2. In what other ways, and to what ends, is humour employed in the novel?
  3. How does Noel’s belief that time is music get played out in the story?
  4. What role is played by the dancing brolga that Noel spies in the clearing near the start of the book?
  5. Can you name some significant parallels or connections between The Grand Hotel of the past and present? For instance, is there any possible relationship between The Dancing Brolga Ale in the reawakened Grand and The Native Companion Ale in the original one?
About The Author

Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, THE PATRON SAINT OF EELS (2005), won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006. His CDs include THE BLACK TOWER: SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF WB YEATS, which was hailed by the Yeats Society of Ireland as the finest musical interpretations of Yeats ever made, and THE FLASH ROAD: SCENES FROM THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD. His second novel, RON MCCOY’S SEA OF DIAMONDS (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premiers Prize for Fiction. He lives with his family on the southwest coast of Victoria.

ISBN: 9781741669732
ISBN-10: 1741669731
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.63