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The last pulse, Anson Cameron

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The last pulse
Title
The last pulse
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Anson Cameron
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Language
eng
Summary
A blackly funny novel about an unlikely hero, and his misadventures on the flood he has created. In the drought-stricken Riverland town of Bartel in South Australia, after the suicide of his wife, Merv Rossiter steals a boat. He trucks north with his eight-year-old-daughter Em into Queensland. There he blows up the dam at Waroo Station, releasing a flood through outback New South Wales into South Australia. As the authorities search for them, Merv and Em ride the flood south in their stolen boat, rescuing a Queensland Minister from the water, and then a young blackfella who fancies he sang the river to life all by himself. Meanwhile, in Canberra, the political flotsam carried by Merv's renegade ocean brings the Federal Government to its knees. The Last Pulse is the story of the last flood that will ever flow down the inland artery that was the Darling River. The stream is broken now and the agriculture and lives of South Australians have been appropriated with the water by a people a thousand kilometres to the north. Throughout their misadventures on his flood, Merv promises his daughter they will be heroes in South Australia, and that they are sailing towards victory parades and happiness. The other crewmembers, however, know he is heading towards a violent reckoning with Australia itself. Blackly humorous, poignant, timely, The Last Pulse is Anson Cameron's finest work to date
Summary
In the drought-stricken Riverland town of Bartel in South Australia, after the suicide of his wife, Merv Rossiter steals a boat. He trucks north with his eight-year-old-daughter Em into Queensland. There he blows up the dam at Waroo Station, releasing a flood through outback New South Wales into South Australia. As the authorities search for them, Merv and Em ride the flood south in their stolen boat, rescuing a Queensland Minister from the water, and then a young blackfella who fancies he sang the river to life all by himself. Meanwhile, in Canberra, the political flotsam carried by Merv's renegade ocean brings the Federal Government to its knees. The Last Pulse is the story of the last flood that will ever flow down the inland artery that was the Darling River. The stream is broken now and the agriculture and lives of South Australians have been appropriated with the water by a people a thousand kilometres to the north. Throughout their misadventures on his flood, Merv promises his daughter they will be heroes in South Australia, and that they are sailing towards victory parades and happiness. The other crewmembers, however, know he is heading towards a violent reckoning with Australia itself.
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10448542
Cataloging source
ANL
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1961-
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Cameron, Anson
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Australian fiction
  • Droughts
  • Suicide
  • Floods
  • Sabotage
  • Motherless families
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Dams
  • Water supply
  • Dams
  • Humorous stories
  • Australian fiction
  • Droughts
  • Australian fiction
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Label
The last pulse, Anson Cameron
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Publication
Copyright
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"A Vintage book published by Random House Australia Pty Ltd"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052967769
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780857984982
Lccn
2014472741
System control number
(OCoLC)888163080
Label
The last pulse, Anson Cameron
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Vintage book published by Random House Australia Pty Ltd"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052967769
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780857984982
Lccn
2014472741
System control number
(OCoLC)888163080

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