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The Resource The Ancestor Game

The Ancestor Game

Label
The Ancestor Game
Title
The Ancestor Game
Statement of responsibility
Alex Miller
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Steven Muir, August Spiess and his daughter Gertrude, and Lang Tzu all acknowledge a restless sense of cultural displacement, an ambivalence in their relations with the culture of European Australia. Steven left England for Australia as a young man and his one attempt at returning is unsuccessful. August Spiess, although he speaks frequently of returning to his native Hamburg, fails to make the journey, as does his daughter Gertrude. Lang Tzu's very name defines his fate: 'two characters which in Mandarin signify the son who goes away.'The 'game', however, does have winners. For despite their yearnings for the home of their ancestral dreams, a desire to belong somewhere that is truly their own, none of Miller's characters leaves Australia, and each in their own way comes to see that to be at home in exile may be a defining paradox of the European Australian condition: the paradox of belonging and estrangement that perhaps lies uneasily at the heart of all European cultures.The Ancestor Game, which Robert Dessaix described as 'one of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time', is an enthralling journey into the ancestral dreams and present dilemmas of a rich cast of characters
Summary
Driven to discover the secrets of their ancestry, Steven Muir, Lang Tzu, and Gertrude Spiess each embark on a profound, personal journey, during which their interwoven paths unfold centuries of mystery and enchantment
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, 1993.
  • Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific: Best Book, 1993.
  • Miles Franklin Award, 1993.
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045306
Cataloging source
NLA
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1936-
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Miller, Alex
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Australian Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Ancestor Game
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_164125
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742697222
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Ancestor Game
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_164125
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742697222
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
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