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The Resource When Colts Ran

When Colts Ran

Label
When Colts Ran
Title
When Colts Ran
Statement of responsibility
Roger McDonald
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister's Prize for Literature In this sweeping epic of friendship, toil, hope and failed promise, multi-award-winning author Roger McDonald follows the story of Kingsley Colts as he chases the ghost of himself through the decades, and in and out of the lives and affections of the citizens of 'The Isabel', a slice of Australia scattered with prospectors, artists, no-hopers and visionaries. Against this spacious backdrop of sheep stations, timeless landscapes and the Five Alls pub, men play out their fates, conduct their rivalries and hope for the best. Major Dunc Buckler, 'misplaced genius and authentic ratbag', scours the country for machinery in a World War that will never find him. Wayne Hovell, slave to 'moral duty', carries the physical and emotional scars of Colts's early rebellion, but also finds himself the keeper of his redemption. Normie Powell, son of a rugby-playing minister, finds his own mysticism as a naturalist, while warm-hearted stock dealer Alan Hooke longs for understanding in a house full of women. They are men shaped by the obligations and expectations of a previous generation, all striving to define themselves in their own language, on their own terms. When Colts Ran, written in Roger McDonald's rich and piercingly observant style, in turns humorous and hard-bitten, charts the ebb and flow of human fortune, and our fraught desire to leave an indelible mark on society and those closest to us. It shows how loyalties shape us in the most unexpected ways. It is the story of how men 'strike at beauty' as they fall to the earth
Summary
Life on the land is a study in contrasts: shadow and light, abundance and blight, the transcendent moment eroded by the persistence of time. And it's against this backdrop, in the shearing sheds of Eureka Station, across the sweeping hills and lagoons of the Flintlock district and the fleeting camaraderie of the Five Alls pub, that men play out their fates, conduct their affairs and hope for the best.
Tone
Writing style
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379055
Cataloging source
NOV
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1941-
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Roger McDonald
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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Fiction / General
Target audience
adult
Label
When Colts Ran
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300008636
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742741505
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
When Colts Ran
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300008636
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742741505
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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