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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
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 mother.Then, in the near future, a racist demagogue – a kind of Australian Trump – talks to 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, and her dog, into a gated community.This is Australia, in all its glories and its foibles – and its insularity and fear. These stories are a reflection of where we are now, and where we may be headed. Bitingly satirical, outstandingly original and written in a remarkable range of voices, A Couple of Things Before the End is a stand-out fiction debut of 2020
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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  • Literary Fiction
  • Australian Fiction
  • Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Comedy
  • General Fiction
Target audience
adult
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stories
Label
A Couple of Things Before the End
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BORROWBOX:BLI_740361
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
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BORROWBOX:BLI_740361
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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