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FREE EPUB Ð MOBI Drylands î ç THEA ASTLEY ↠ In her flat above Drylands's newsagency Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader Little has changed in her 50 years except for the coming of cable TV Loneliness is almost a religion and still everyone knows your business But the town is being outmanoeuvredOut by council rates and bigotry; another sells his property risking the lot to build his dream And all of them are shadowed by violence of some sort these people whose only victory over the town is in leaving it Well written but very depressing depiction of life in a small Australian town More a collection of interlinked stories than a novel as such Astley does a good job getting into the heads of a diverse group of characters

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In her flat above Drylands's newsagency Janet Deakin is writing a book for the world's last reader Little has changed in her 50 years except for the coming of cable TV Loneliness is almost a religion and still ev Janet Deakin had lived in Drylands for as long as she could remember She and Ted had been happy – Ted had passed away some time back and Janet was lonely; she lived alone above the newsagency where she worked Janet tried to interest the townsfolk in books instead of the usual magazines and local paper but she was fighting a losing battle After hours were spent writing her own book – it was for the world’s last readerBut the people of Drylands were struggling – the drought was driving people out The increase in council rates the lack of jobs in the area the young people with nothing to do getting into trouble and causing trouble to all and anyone they could inflict themselves onto The sadness of people the dreams they once shared and had begun to live – all came to a crushing halt one way or anotherAs Janet watched the town die and tried to put it down on paper her loneliness built; she could see others leaving – could understand them cutting their losses and getting away But could she do it herself? Would Ted tell her to just get out? She was sure she could hear him telling her to “just go love just go”I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful novel which won the Miles Franklin Award in 2000 Australian author Thea Astley won the Miles Franklin Award four times – 1962 The Well dressed Explorer 1965 The Slow Natives 1972 The Acolyte and 2000 Drylands She won many other awards as well over the course of her career and passed away in August 2004 This novel covers topics of bigotry and racism bitterness and hatred bullying and small mindedness But it also shows compassion courage and that great Aussie determination A wonderful novel of literary fiction which I highly recommend

Thea Astley Ë Drylands READER

DrylandsEryone knows your business But the town is being outmanoeuvred by drought and begins to empty pouring itself out like water into sand Small minds shrink even smaller in the vastness of the land One man is forced Beautifully crafted provoking and insightful A book with overlapping short profiles that pulled me in so much I wanted novel length chapters on each character Still pondering many aspects