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Still Life with Allen Keys

  • ISBN-13: 9781925706079
  • Publisher: ETT IMPRINT
    Imprint: ETT IMPRINT
  • By Brien Cole
  • Price: AUD $24.99
  • Stock: 96 in stock
  • Availability: Order will be despatched as soon as possible.
  • Local release date: 01/05/2018
  • Format: Paperback (234.00mm X 156.00mm) 126 pages Weight: 220g
  • Categories: Short stories [FYB]
The best of Brien Cole's work is the story of Morning Parrot Trees. And it is superb. The concreteness and fantasy of Fisher's search for the parrot flower are perfectly poised. This is imagiinative writing of a high order. The technique is to take the reader inside the action and never let go. His skill lies in knowing what matters. Perhaps his most impressive characteristic is that he does know what matters and resists wasting words on unneccessary explanations. The best of these stories are mulled over and mature, every detail if lovingly placed. - Rodney Hall, Sydney Morning Herald Brien Cole has the rare ability in a prose writer of handling flamboyant metaphors with credible panache, and rhythm avoiding the ponderous... We experience the casual interchange between fantasy and reality that distinguishes the best of Peter Carey's work - the insinuating reasonableness of the fable rather than simply gawking at the bizarre. Brien Cole's characters are impossible to place socially - blue collar fringe dwellers, bourgeois drop-outs... They communicate only haphazardly with their fellows, yet feel betrayed by nature. A fascinationg collection both of characters and of stories. The most original I have encountered for some time. - Bill Turner, Imprints
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