A Long Way From Home

A Long Way From Home

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"A novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country-continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000 mile race, the Redex Trial. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in south eastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed school teacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you someplace else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves. Set in the 1950s, this a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way."--
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735273863
Branch Call Number: CAREY
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Long way from home : a novel

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While the book was well written and the horrors Australia's treatment of their aboriginals is sensitively integrated into the plot, the ending was unsatisfying. I do not personally enjoy stories of dysfunctional families, even when the dialogue is funny. Irene is a modern woman trapped in the mores of a 1950's world. Her husband mis-manages her inheritance and accuses her of adultery. There is no resolution. The navigator defends himself against a white bully and spends 10 years in jail. There is no resolution. Other female characters in the book drift out of the story line and the dark skinned son resolves nothing with his father. The car rally was interesting. We knew they'd win but it was a fascinating description of the undeveloped land between major cities in Australia.

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uncommonreader
Mar 05, 2018

I could not overcome Carey's tone - a middle-class, jokey perspective. Just too clever.

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