by Frank Moorehouse
Angus and Robertson, 1982, ISBN 0207145636, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“These twenty-three stories, selected by the author from his first three books, Futility and Other Animals, The Americans, Baby and The Electrical Experience, can be appreciated either individually or as links in a discontinuous narrative – the technique of which Frank Moorhouse is the acknowledged master. Written between 1964 and 1974, in Moorhouse’s late twenties and early thirties, they span in a breath-taking sweep the vast distances between the uncertainties of life in Sydney’s bohemian intelligentsia and the apparent certainties of life in country town Australia.
A leading country town resident is T. George McDowell, a manufacturer of aerated soft drinks, a Rotarian and an apostle of Progress, whose old-time attitudes are brilliantly juxtaposed with the shifting values of Moorhouse’s urban tribe. Among its number is Cindy, a university lecturer who lives with Roger, the father of her forthcoming child, and who is unable to quite shake off the fears and doubts that her conventional upbringing have instilled in her; on its fringes is Becker, the American Coca-Cola executive who is overwhelmed and eventually destroyed by his contact with Australia.”