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A Couple of Things Before the End

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A Couple of Things Before the End
Title
A Couple of Things Before the End
Statement of responsibility
Sean O'Beirne
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couple of things before the end
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stories
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Language
eng
Summary
This brilliant collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of an old and a new Australia.A woman on a passenger ship in 1958 gets involved with a young, wild Barry Humphries. A man looks back to the 1970s and his time as a member of Australia's least competent scout troop. In 1988, a teenage boy recalls his sexual initiation, out on the tanbark. In 2015, two sisters text in Kmart about how to manage their irascible, isolated mum.Then, in the near future, a racist demagogue addresses the press the day after his electoral triumph. As the cities heat up and lose their water, a lady from one of the 'better suburbs' makes every effort to get her family into an exclusive gated community.Outstandingly original, bitingly satirical and written in a remarkable range of voices, A Couple of Things Before the End is a powerful vision of where we are – and where we may be headed. 'These voices, so superbly heard and rendered, threw me into fits of laughter and slyly broke my heart.' —Helen Garner'Astonishing ... an inventive collection of missives from the end of history. Complicated and savage and difficult and funny and melancholy, it's both harsh and a caress. How do we speak and write into a future? I think Sean O'Beirne is showing us one way of doing it.' —Christos Tsiolkas'O'Beirne inflects his identifiably Australian characters with a darkly comic and empathetic voice ... altogether, this collection invokes [our] questionable past, ironic present and disturbing future.' —Books+Publishing
Summary
This brilliant collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all its own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of old and new Australia - and into a very frightening future.
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O'Beirne, Sean
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Literature
  • Short Stories
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adult
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A Couple of Things Before the End
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9781743821282
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optical disk
Label
A Couple of Things Before the End
Publication
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OVERDRIVE:28fe7539-c628-4b0e-9184-4d724e67fc98
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781743821282
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optical disk

Library Locations

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