The Resource Joyful

Joyful

Label
Joyful
Title
Joyful
Statement of responsibility
by Robert Hillman
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Language
eng
Summary
Joyful is a remarkable, razor-sharp comedy of grief from one of Australia's most dynamic writers. Leon Joyce's years with Tess Wachowicz began with an Emanuel Ungaro taffeta ballgown, part of his collection of women's attire kept in three wardrobes at the South Yarra house. The collection took in Givenchy, Jacques Fath, Schiaparelli, Madae Gres, Helmut Lang, Claire McCardell, Mainbocher, Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Travis Banton, Pucci and Antony Price. Leon is a man unburdened by sexual desire. Nonetheless he adores his wife - only partly for the way she wears his exquisite collection of haute couture - and when she becomes ill and dies he is completely shattered. Then he discovers her correspondence with an unknown lover, and his suffering veers towards madness. Leon hunkers down at his neglected country property, Joyful, with the entire local supply of scotch whisky and a bizarre plan to retrieve (posthumously) Tess's devotion. In this extraordinary comedy of grief, Robert Hillman evokes his characters, from the merely unconventional to the frankly deranged, with kindness, grace and wit. Joyful is a gift that will leave the reader deeply moved and filled with delight. Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award. He lives in Warburton in Victoria's Yarra Valley. 'Hillman allows both men the grace of redemption and the prospect of a better kind of happiness, complete with its scars. Joyful is exactly as it says, a great joy of a book. Robert Hillman is not making fun of grief but rather of his characters' determination to wallow in their sorrow. It is a constant balancing act, skillfully enforced by Hillman and it makes reading Joyful an act of absolute pleasure.' Hoopla 'A detailed work that portrays an entire, sealed world of complex and ultimately connected storylines. The cultural setting is realised in a wonderfully rich Victorian style. Extended studies of social manners, quotes from journals and letters, and the aligning of characters with their passions for books, poetry and music, clothing, all produce a social world that is not only vivid but also ripe for commentary and debate.' Australian Book Review 'A deft and original portrayal of grief, longing and forgiveness.' Gideon Haigh 'A story about redemption and negotiating a place of peace inside despair.' Saturday Paper
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Character
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10320199
Cataloging source
DLC
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1948-
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Hillman, Robert
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Joyful
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:745b47d8-2a99-43bc-932c-525c07ee1671
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921961632
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Joyful
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:745b47d8-2a99-43bc-932c-525c07ee1671
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921961632
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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