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`Muck is a masterpiece.¿ ¿Raimond Gaita `The dynasty has started with my father as the founding father and me his only son, the founding son. He looks forward to the day when he can watch his grand children out there in the clover-covered paddocks frolicking among the cowpats. Playing with a pony, getting stung by bees. The most wholesome activities in the world ...¿ His parents have bought a big dairy farm, to be their estate and his legacy. On it they plan to build a grand manor house, where they can live out their fantasy of being self-appointed aristocrats while keeping him¿their pride and heir¿away from the local gold-digger girls. With staff to milk the cows and break in the race-horses, he is free to prepare himself for his illustrious future¿principally by poncing about like Lord Muck. Muck is about what happens when things go wrong¿hilariously, tragically¿on the path to adulthood. Set in Sydney and New Zealand, it features a cow called Miss Beautiful, an encounter with the Prime Minister, and a church-going atheist who sings like Dean Martin. It is about overbearing parents, farm life, mental illness and the extremes of human vanity. Most of all it is about a young man and the world he constructs in order to survive his family and¿somehow¿discover a self of his own.

On cover: A memoir.

A sequel to: Hoi Polloi.

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This Australian poet and playwright focuses on his severely dysfunctional family from the perspective of a self-centered teenage boy with a penchant for sarcasm, dark humor, and meanness. The author's aggressive angst is largely isolated to a farm in New Zealand that houses a snobbish mother's paranoia, a blowhard father's weaknesses, and the kid narrator's self-conscious approach to life. His father instilled in him a distrust of the uneducated "Gunna - the man who is "gunna do this, gunna be that." and it shows in Sherborne's interactions with locals. "Norman and Bill may have knowledge, but it's cow knowledge, hardly knowledge in the real sense," he says. Occasionally Sherborne allows his poetry to rise to the surface, as in descriptions of his father's gaze from a Sydney balcony: "And all the yachts that sail there only sail with his permission. All the fish must trespass out of sight below the surface." Sherborne's bleak moral emerges when a favored calf expires from over-imbibing in milk: it's all muck. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.