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Border Districts Paperback – Import, 31 January 2019
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- Publisher : And Other Stories (31 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1911508385
- ISBN-13 : 978-1911508380
- Item Weight : 156 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #917,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Border Districts” is a story of a man who moves to a remote town in the border country, where all he wants to do is spend the last years of his life. While he is doing that, he wants to look back at a lifetime of seeing and of reading. Of what he saw and what he read. The images, people and places he witnessed as he grew along the years and the fictional characters he came across, the words he soaked in and the books he cherished. And where memory enters any novel/novella, secrets are bound to make an appearance and that’s exactly what happens, which also play with your head.
Murnane’s writing is soothing and yet I could sense the urgency and the head-rush that came with it. Like I said, I had not heard of him until this read and now I can’t wait to read everything he has written. His prose jumps at you and takes you captive. It is that kind of power. The shifting of narrative between seeing and reading is seamless and maybe that’s why I was hooked the way I was.
“Border Districts” is mostly autobiographical in nature, based on Murnane’s move from Melbourne to a remote town. Australia for me has never come this alive in any book. Sometimes unexpected books and authors jump at you and before you know it, you are in love.
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This stream-of-consciousness has vivid imagery and an easy to read style. I was able to read entire book in a couple of sittings.I could even read this book in a noisy pub without getting distracted.
I think I was able to appreciate the author's musings on light and colour because I am reading Leonardo da Vinci concurrently. In that book, Isaacson explains Da Vinci's mastery of light and colour.
Murnane's book also appears to be a commentary on the Australian literary scene. This book is nowhere as savage as Keneally's demonisation of the "Australian Cultural Police" in Jacko: The Great Intruder . Maybe the literary scene has matured in the meantime in Australia.
Gerald Murnane has "rambled" over many of the issues that make up a life. Throughout the book he knits these issues together by referring back to the previous paragraph (e.g. "After I had written the previous paragraph, ...") or referring ahead to a more detailed or a variation on the explanation of the issue. This is a literary technique that I have not seen before but here is done exceedingly well.
The structure of this book is something I need to mention before I finish my "review". It's a relatively short book, just over 100 pages but there are no chapters - the book is a continuous piece of text from beginning to end (thank goodness there are paragraphs). This makes the book slightly difficult to read for a slow reader like myself. But it must have been much more difficult for the author to write. How he composed his thoughts and put them into a plan is a mystery. It's a credit to his skill that the book turns out as good as it is!
Not everybody will like this book. If you love "writing" and want to try something different then you ought to try Border Districts.