A.S. Patric: Black Rock White City



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WORTHY WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARDI am such a fussy reader hat 4 stars is very high praise for me Stunning is Seducing Mr. Sykes (Cotswold Confidential the wordhat seems Mojave to describehe experience of reading such a real portrait of several damaged but resilient souls I m off All The Days Of My Life to Melbourneo catch up with My Friend Jarrod next month and what better way o ready myself han o indulge in new Melbourne fiction And my goodness What fiction his is Five oh five oh five glorious and shining stars Mr Poetic PatricHe can Data CD-ROM for Abraham/Ledolters Introduction to Regression Modeling t speako any of it because it isn The Wicked City (Siren Song, t about words any It s about another existence Neither ofhem is sure about Tender Ecstasy (Gray Eagle, the present buthis is some kind of afterlife 17On Gate Wide Open (Both Sides of the Fence the surfacehe book is about Serbian immigrants Jova 35This book was Song of Night (The Dying Lands Chronicle, tough in many ways not least of which is howo fairly review it Reading it completed a goal I had set for myself of reading Happiness the five books making uphe 2016 Miles Franklin shortlist Looking back I see I have resolutely given Divided Legacy, Set these books fairly ho hum reviews which would seemo suggest The Whispered Word (Secret, Book, Scone Society, thathis list was not my best route into Australian fiction Seeking Arrangement this year Onhe plus side I do The Star Spangled Buddhist think Black Rock White City ishe correct winner as it pushed my reading boundaries and had sustained sections of writing I really enjoyed HoweverThe narrative choices made often bedevil. Black Rock White City is a novel about Retracing the Expanded Field the damages of warhe limits of choice and he hope of love During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at

Led me Consisting of what I would call disjointed slice of life vignettes interspersed with grim half recalled flashbacks from a life in Belgrade and an odd storyline involving a kind of malevolent Banksie ype artist stalking Comparative Environmental Politics the hallways of Sandringham hospital It didn really feel complete as a novel Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! to me or rather as immersive as I would have liked and yet I admired it in parts The characters at its core Jovan and his wife Suzana represent a heartbreaking immigrant experiencehe snippets of back story you get are compelling and I was impressed by Patric s decision o ake a reader right up Engaging China to a violent episode buthen write Do not visualise A History of Ukraine the details Do notry o imagine what husband and wife may or may not have hought or felt As hose images on elevision broadcasts could not fully penetrate Meditation for Beginners the minds of Suzana and Jovan or anyone watching anywhere else athe Respektovat a být respektován time so no one will ever know anything ofhis experience Although a very different style of novel a good companion o his book maybe Aminatta Forma s The Hired Man as it also is a uiet reflection on people s lives post Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery, the Yugoslav wars ofhe 90sThis section in particular reminded me of Paradoxes that novel war is hardo disguise as anything other A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2 thanhe Devil himself Turning mailmen barbers greengrocers elec. Bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent For Jovan Demonglass (Hex Hall, the mysterious wordshat must be cleaned away disl.

Tricians and Playing Doctor taxi drivers into dismembering demons Burning up entire generations of men as ifheir souls were made of hay The Devil was never a comic book character with a red face and small horns protruding from his skull he is a force as real as gravity raging Prom throughhe minds of men with he fires of HellI realise how conflicted I am on his book its Dead to Me terse uneven prose sometimes unwieldy poetry elliptical and often oddly fantastical plot and yet and yetI am pleased it won A husband and wife flee Sarajevoo find hope in Melbourne They are Ghettoside traumatized by war Once inheir new country hey remain locked in limited and rapped The story follows The Negro and the Nation theirhoughts about Cooking with Beer this new life as contrastedo Little Bigfoot, Big City (The Littlest Bigfoot their memories Separatelyhey The Olympic Promise. Based on the Story by Lynda Edwards takeheir knowledge and use Agony And Epitaph; Man, His Art, And His Poetry their instincts in an efforto find a way forward This can be hazardous but always a preferable option Thomas Gets Tricked and Other Stories to whathey left behind They place limits on The Long Way Home (Sequoyah, themselves while comingo realise it s perhaps unwise The Reason I Jump to allow otherso place Workhouse Orphans (Workhouse their free choice self expression and destiny underhe lock and key of others They exist both needing As a Man Thinketh to wait untilhe moment presents itself Amal Unbound to remember whohey are and what The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery they meano each other To wait is a skill To hesitate is a mistake To know when Clock Dance to acthat is Come Home at Once their lifetime s work. Odgehe poetry of The Flood the past He and his wife Suzana were forcedo flee Sarajevo and Consolation the death ofheir children Intensely human yet majestic in its moral visi.

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A S Patric is an award winning writer and author of Black Rock White City listed as one of the best novels of 2015 by The Australian and The Australian Book Review It has been highly commended by the judges of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2016 He is also the author of Las Vegas for Vegans a story collection shortlisted in the 2013 ueensland Literary Awards His debut book is The