Fractions from the hammock

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to finish Steve Toltz’s sweeping novel about the Dean family. At just over 700 pages  long, this blockbuster was as varied as the endless Australian landscape: sad, poignant, cynical and very funny.

IMG_0080I enjoyed this debut novel by the Australian writer Steve Toltz.

Here’s a taster!

“I think that’s the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential.”

“The game is an analogy for life: there are not enough chairs or good times to go around, not enough food, not enough joy, nor beds nor jobs nor laughs nor friends nor smiles nor money nor clean air to breathe…and yet the music goes on.”

“What a nasty act of cruelty, giving a dying man his last wish. Don’t you realize he doesn’t want it? His real wish is not to die.”

“Let’s not mince words: the inside of the Sydney casino looks as if Vegas had an illegitimate child with Liberace’s underpants, and that child fell down a staircase and hit its head on the edge of a spade.”

Although The White Tiger won the Booker Prize in 2008, this book – in my opinion – was a strong contender.

15 responses

  1. I haven’t read that book so I can’t comment about it. I have read the White Tiger and I found it so immature and facile that I am just amazed that it could have won ANY prize!!

    The quotes sound great…I would be tempted to read the book if I knew that I couldn’t finish a book even half that size! This would sound amazing to any of my friends about 6 years back! *sigh*…that’s what kids do to you!!
    …..sorry to keep rambling at your blog!!

    August 8, 2009 at 07:05

  2. Kata

    Told you you would enjoy it!!

    August 8, 2009 at 08:20

  3. Po

    Gosh Ladyfi, you are generating quite a booklist for me here. I loved that last quote!

    August 8, 2009 at 12:31

  4. Ladyfi, that sounds a riotous book to read! I love it that you have a hammock and lie in it, luxuriating, while reading – A dream for me – I have a hammock too – It sits under my bed in a nice box, awaiting erection – While I have one tree it can be tied to, I lack another post for the other end! Ach, some day – Kudos to you, ladyfi! x

    August 8, 2009 at 12:32

  5. This sounds like something I might enjoy. At the moment, however, I have a stack of books waiting for my attention and I must get through those first! :)

    August 9, 2009 at 06:36

  6. Kudos to you…. you have read so many books this summer!!! I still have a stack of must reads on my shelf!

    August 9, 2009 at 08:09

  7. I’m having so much fun reading your book reviews. Here’s another great one I hadn’t heard about but want to read. Thanks!

    August 9, 2009 at 12:11

  8. Oh my I loved his first line about the loss of innocence – that is so true. Thanks for the review Lady Fi and I will have to read this book – love your hammock!! And I love your skirt or dress too – I can just see the colours in the picture.

    August 9, 2009 at 12:28

  9. Love that hammock pic…and always appreciate a good book rec.

    August 9, 2009 at 13:45

  10. The hammock looks comfy :)

    Another great recommendation from you! Thanks!

    August 9, 2009 at 14:08

  11. Th hammock looks so cozy! I would roast alive if I tried this in the Texas heat, but it looks so pleasant there.

    August 10, 2009 at 17:38

  12. First of all, I cannot read in hammocks … too relaxing and I fall asleep.

    Second, this looks like one heavy book to hold!!!

    Third, it sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    August 11, 2009 at 00:26

  13. I love long books…I just finished a long one myself (The Hour I First Believed…meh).

    August 11, 2009 at 17:28

  14. sprucehillfarm

    I love long sweeping novels! I might have to order that one! Thanks for sharing.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:49

  15. Thanks for the great review! I shall keep it in mind when I need some entertainment!

    August 16, 2009 at 02:01

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