Tamarisk Row Paperback – Import, 22 January 2019
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- Publisher : And Other Stories (22 January 2019)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1911508369
- ISBN-13 : 978-1911508366
- Item Weight : 310 g
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 1.9 x 13.1 cm
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extraordinary work. It tells the story of Clement, a small boy in a small town in
1940s Australia. Clement sees his world through various prisms and the
backyard in which he spends most of his time contains an ever-expanding world of its
own, centred around an imaginery racecourse. Alongside Clement's world is that of his
father, a semi-professional gambler, always waiting for his horse to draw clear in the home straight and make his fortune.
Murnane writes in the 2007 foreward to this book: "The text of "Tamarisk Row" may seem to a hasty reader to be an account of so-called actual events on the surface of a well-known planet, but my hope was always..that an appreciative reader of my book would seem to be viewing fictional scenes and personages as though through coloured glass." And indeed this a book in which scales and perspectives seem out of kilter and throughout I felt I was being offered only a glimpse of Murnane's unique way of seeing the world. The wooziness of a world seen through coloured glass is reinforced by the language of the novel. Sentences are long and recursive containing numerous clauses and subclauses requiring frequent rereading and giving the impression of a kaleidoscope expanding and contracting.
This is the first of several of Murnane's books which And Other Stories are republishing. I am excited to read more of his work.
This in my reader response but be prepared to accept what the novel demands of you: you will understand once you turn to the first page and close on the last. Different, challenging in its intensity for reader stamina, as surely as any horse breaking the barrier and heading off around the race track for home.