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Johnno : Modern Classics Ser. - David Malouf

Johnno

By: David Malouf

Paperback | 1 September 2008 | Edition Number 1

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David Malouf's first novel recreates the war-conscious forties, the pubs and brothels of the fifties, and the years away treading water overseas.



'Despite Johnno's assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feelings as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty parks with their tropical trees all spilked and sharp-edged in the early sunlight, that it might even be beautiful . . . '

Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city's pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.

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'Australia's finest writer' MIRIAM COSIC, THE AUSTRALIAN
'A jewel of a novel, perfect and modest' PETER CRAVEN, SUNDAY AGE
'Unique - what a book!' DAVID ROWBOTHAM, COURIER MAIL

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