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The passage of love / Alex Miller.

By: Miller, Alex, 1936-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 585 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760297343; 1760297348.Subject(s): Married people -- Fiction | Australians -- United States -- Fiction | Authors -- Fiction | Marital conflict -- Fiction | Reminiscing in old age -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. DDC classification: A823.4 Summary: Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning...At twenty-one years, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition. When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other.
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Fiction Davis (Central) Library
Fiction Collection
Fiction Collection MILL Available T00632560
Fiction Hakeke Street Library
Fiction Collection
Fiction Collection MILL Available T00632545
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Critically acclaimed, two-time winner of the Miles Franklin award, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and numerous other literary awards, Miller's new work is an exquisitely personal novel of love and creativity.

Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning...At twenty-one years, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition. When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other.

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Kirkus Book Review

An old writer looks back at the formative moments and people of his early years in this thoughtful autobiographical work by an award-winning Australian novelist.The fictional writer, Robert Crofts, is 79 and hasn't been working on a book since his last came out, "now more than two years ago," when he recalls his fascination as a boy in postwar England with the Australian Outback. From this first-person prelude, Miller (The Simplest Words, 2016, etc.) shifts into third and introduces Crofts at age 19, just as he has quit three years of cowboy work "in the vast hinterland of the Australian north." Croftswho was Miller's alter ego in his first published novel, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain (1988)meets a woman who encourages him to write and a man who faults his prose and urges him to learn from great literature by attending university. Conflicting demands that can throttle creativity will be a big motif in this bildungsroman. Under the influence of his wife, Crofts will shift households several times, abandoning one novel, ending up on a remote farm where he enjoys the outdoor labor but suffers from writer's block. Then his wife leaves to study Italian in Perugia and suffers a breakdown. Along the way, he meets a fascinating European couple in Melbourne who survived torture and imprisonment in wartime Germany. They deliver some fine ruminations on art and commitment in a novel that also traces those themes through a crucial pregnancy and Crofts' relationships with three women. Miller's writing sometimes drifts toward the saccharine, but he almost always pulls backas he pulls back from the narrative several times in interludes that return to the first person of the much older man and highlight how memory has many layers.A rich addition to the growing shelf of autofiction from a seasoned storyteller. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.