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Fly Away Peter review – operatic take on David Malouf novel is lost in migration

Rather, Jim acknowledges the need to extend his knowledge of life in the malofu of the inevitable changes war will bring. Ashley and Imogen are certainly significant factors in Jim? Birds, of course, make similar migrations; this is one of the things that fascinates year-old Jim Saddler as he studies birds with borrowed binoculars, noting their species, their habits, their comings and goings.

It’s the first Malouf I’ve read but it’s evident to see even before I looked up the author that he was first a poet. As far as I am concerned, your book or story is not a classic unless it survives a hundred years, and is still imprint, or, even better, manages to survive a dark age such as The Odyssey.

Fly Away Peter by David Malouf

He already knows what reality is like, and seems to know perfectly what his place in the society is. Bird-watching allows them to get a very special state of mind, as they were badly looking for quietness and beauty.


I find both situations strange as I am usually drawn to Australian war stories, fiction and non-fiction. He had realised fate was out of his control, and time was ceaseless. The former reviewer also mentions that a new and crucial journey is going to take place in his life, this time on a personal level: I love David Malouf’s writing.

A rant about literature 21 July To be honest with you I thought this novel was little more than a load of existentialist rubbish. He also learns from the criticism of his father and the bullying of Wizzer.

Beautifully written, very poetical, and manages to lift you above the mess aay still somehow plunging you deeper into it take that, snide sixteen-year-old self. Her photographs of birds capture them in time, and give them a permanence they do not have in nature. Return to Book Page. Overall, ‘Fly Away Peter’ is an enjoyable read! He confronts his own sense of violence when assaulted by another man, Wizzer, who later dies in a shell-hole.

Published by Vintage first published The novel touches on a range of themes which are common in explorations of Australian identity. Fly Away Peter is the story of Jim Saddler, an avid birdwatcher living in Queensland in the early s.

Fly Away Peter by David Malouf

When I finish reading a novel I have liked, I always promise myself I have got to read other books by the same author. Anyone intelligent and willing, in general. You are left wondering exactly what happened, aware that if you awat through the script that you might find out, but too bored to try.


Some readers identify a link between Jim and Imogen and Adam and Eve, with the estuary as the garden of Eden.

The confrontation bring out davif side to Jim. In the same kind of way I do quite like setting up expectations which are not going to be fulfilled.

Consider that a recommendation! It is always interesting to know how a conflict like this affects a whole country and its people, peteer analyzing the different attitudes to cope with it. The central motif of birds gives the author the opportunity to explore a range of themes. Wizzer is significant because of what he reveals to Jim of his own character.

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Large chunks of this book were page-long run-on sentences that seemed to go on forever and he’s never met a comma he didn’t want to use to death.

Dec 26, Andrew Lucas rated it really liked it. Although I am usually a bit irked by books with no driving force behind the plot i. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.