A Couple of Things Before the End

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Sean O'Beirne
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8,75 MB
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A Couple of Things Before the End.pdf
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8297464777352

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This brilliant collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of an old and a new Australia. A woman on a passenger ship in 1958 gets involved with a young, wild Barry Humphries. A man looks back to the 1970s and his time as a member of Australia's least competent scout troop. In 1988, a teenage boy recalls his sexual initiation, out on the tanbark. In 2015, two sisters text in Kmart about how to manage their irascible, isolated mum. Then, in the near future, a racist demagogue addresses the press the day after his electoral triumph. As the cities heat up and lose their water, a lady from one of the 'better suburbs' makes every effort to get her family into an exclusive gated community. Outstandingly original, bitingly satirical and written in a remarkable range of voices, A Couple of Things Before the End is a powerful vision of where we are - and where we may be headed. 'These voices, so superbly heard and rendered, threw me into fits of laughter and slyly broke my heart.' -Helen Garner 'Astonishing ... an inventive collection of missives from the end of history. Complicated and savage and difficult and funny and melancholy, it's both harsh and a caress. How do we speak and write into a future? I think Sean O'Beirne is showing us one way of doing it.' -Christos Tsiolkas 'O'Beirne inflects his identifiably Australian characters with a darkly comic and empathetic voice ... altogether, this collection invokes [our] questionable past, ironic present and disturbing future.' -Books+Publishing

Hailing "a promising new voice" is a useful cliché of criticism, and one which Sean O'Beirne's debut collection (Black Inc.) earns as literally, and as variously, as possible. What we have ... Outstandingly original, bitingly satirical and written in a remarkable range of voices, A Couple of Things Before the End is a powerful vision of where we are - and where we may be headed.

You might like to read another of my Writing NSW reviews on Tall And True, Beneath the Willow by Michael J Murphy. This book of stories by Sean O'Beirne, A Couple of Things Before the End, is a kind of mausoleum of Australian familiarities that creep into the mind the way athlete's foot might creep between toes. It is a book about all sorts of things - weird and wonderful stories of national inanities and more or less rebarbative idiocies.

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