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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want peger read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Fly Away Peter by David Malouf. For three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in is maalouf timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers.
In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict. Life there is lived from moment to moment. Inevitably, the two young men – sanctuary owner and employee – are drawn t For fy very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers.
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Inevitably, the makouf young men – sanctuary owner and employee – are drawn to the war, and into the mud and horror of the trenches of Armentieres. Alone on the beach, their friend Imogen, the middle-aged wildlife photographer, must acknowledge for all three of them that the past cannot be held. Paperbackpages. Published by Vintage first published The Age Book of the Awwy To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Fly Away Peterplease sign up. Who would even want to read this? Esther Anyone who appreciates the unique and poetic style of Malouf’s, and one who appreciates Australia’s identity created during Dxvid. Anyone intelligent …more Anyone who appreciates the unique and poetic style of Malouf’s, and one who appreciates Australia’s identity created during WW1.
Anyone intelligent and willing, in general. See 1 question about Fly Away Peter…. Lists with This Book. Bird’s Eye View This is an exquisite little novella that begins in beauty on the coast of Queensland and ends almost in the mud of Flanders on the other side of the world.
Birds, of course, make similar migrations; this is one of the things that fascinates year-old Jim Saddler as he studies birds with borrowed binoculars, noting their species, their habits, their comings and goings.
He strikes up a friendship with Ashley Crowther, the young owner of this stretch of Australian farmland, and a Bird’s Eye View This is an exquisite little novella that begins in beauty on the coast of F,y and ends almost in the mud of Flanders on the other side of the world. He strikes up a friendship with Ashley Crowther, the young owner of this stretch of Australian farmland, and also with Imogen Harcourt, a middle-aged photographer with a similar passion.
But then the War breaks out, and Jim and Ashley sign up, in different regiments and at different ranks. There are many books about the Western Front. The ingredients are all much the same: What makes one stand out from another is the quality of the writing, the particular point of view, and whatever aspects of normal life the author chooses to set against the obscenity of war.
The last book I read about Flanders, for example, Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Waywas written with a rich Irish poetry, kept its point of view very much at ground level, and set the War against the very awsy Irish fight for independence back home.
Malouf’s writing is also poetic, but simpler, petef he excels particularly at describing the surroundings of the war, as in the following: Often, as Jim later discovered, you entered the war through an ordinary looking gap in a hedge. One minute you were in a ploughed field, with snowy troughs between ridges that marked old furrows and peasants off at the edge of it digging turnips or winter greens, leter the next you were through the hedge and on duckboards, and although you could look back and still see the farmers at work, or sullenly watching as the soldiers passed over their land and went slowly below ground, there was all the difference in the world between your state and theirs.
They were in a field and very nearly at home. You were in the trench system that vly to the war. But it is Malouf’s juxtaposition of the battlefield to the Australian nature reserve that is so daring. For there is no possibility of a literal resolution that connects them. Indeed, Malouf seems to avoid following narrative links; Ashley and Jim barely meet again, and the biplane so prominently featured on the cover ultimately serves only to offer Jim a metaphor for his own bird’s eye view on life.
Yet it is an important metaphor. The two halves of the book portray beauty and destruction with memorable power. But the coherence of the novel as a whole depends upon the final chapter, which returns to Imogen Harcourt watching the birds among the sand dunes. I had to sleep on this and re-read it for it to fully work, but now I see the beauty in her simple understanding of the life that connects both birds and man.
View all 10 comments. May 05, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it liked it. Davld follows ,alouf same formula as his “Remembering Ppeter. Here, a simple country lad who’s into bird watching.
David Malouf throws in a possible davir interest, most likely pretty, who does photography. Also a rich, young man who becomes his friend.
Both guys goes to war World War 1. The contrast, from the peaceful idyll of their natural world in Australia to the numbing horrors of trench warfare. From colorful birds to rotting corpses. Some characters die, untimely, needles This follows the same formula as his “Remembering Babylon. Some characters die, untimely, needlessly. Finally, towards the end, a couple of paragraphs where the point of everything that has happened is distilled, becomes crystal clear, powerfully written like you’d want to copy or memorize them.
Like this one, where the girl-photographer, remembering Jim Saddler the bird watcher in that certain pose of his when he was closely examining a picture of a bird she showed him the first time they met– “It was that intense focus of his being, it’s ME, Jim Saddler, that struck her with grief, but was also the thing–and not simply as an image either–that endured. Not as she might have preserved it in a shot she had never in fact taken, nor even as she had held it, for so long, as an untaken image in her head, but in itself, as it for its moment was.
That is what life meant, a unique presence, and it was essential in every creature.
To set anything above it, birth, f,y, talent even, was to deny to all but a few among the infinite millions what was also, in malohf end, davod moving. A life wasn’t FOR anything. This is what makes literature great. With a captive, addicted, gullible readers it can solve life’s great mysteries by lying beautifully. Sep 20, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: I find both situations strange as I am usually drawn to Australian war stories, fiction and non-fiction.
Maybe it deserves a re-read with my older, more mature brain It took till page 80 of before we got to anything interesting, before that it was all about Jim and his fascination with the birds. Malouf is reasonably well-known for his poetry and all that work writing poetry was evident in this novel.
Large chunks of this book were page-long run-on sentences that seemed to go on forever and he’s never met a comma he didn’t want to use to death. I can see why I didn’t understand or like this 14 years ago and I can also see why my English teacher was doing cartwheels at the chance to get us to ‘analyse’ this pile of existentialist she described it thus waffle isn’t it an English teacher’s job to get us to love reading by forcing us to read books assured to make us hate it?
I won’t be reading any more of Malouf’s work and this book is getting donated to a hopefully more appreciative home. Feb 22, Bec rated it really liked it. Fly Away Peter is the story of Jim Saddler, an avid birdwatcher living in Queensland in the early s.
Fly Away Peter by David Malouf
When the war arrives inhe enlists, and, travelling to France, becomes a bitter soldier fighting a losing war, while musing on the meaning of life. And that’s about all that happens. The first flu I read this book, I didn’t like it very much. I thought it was boring, slow-paced, with too many descriptions of birds and a rather tame description of the battlefield.
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But then we had to ana Mlouf Away Peter is the story of Jim Saddler, an avid birdwatcher living in Queensland in the early s. But then we had to analyse this book for my english class this year, and I can now say with total honesty, that I still do not like it very much.
But I can respect it now, and definitely respect Malouf as a writer. The whole of Fly Away Peter is crafted davix perfection: The overarching theme of this novel is Jim’s journey from innocence to darkness, and Malouf uses every opportunity to insert a metaphor, a simile, or a piece of symbolism maouf only becomes apparent on a second reading. For those reasons, I have to say that I did not enjoy Fly Away Peter as I would usually enjoy a peteer, but I can certainly admire it for its fine craftsmanship, its attention to detail, and for the fantastic, flt way in which Malouf chronicles one man’s descent from innocence into darkness.
Mar 23, Ainsley rated it did not like it. David Malouf is one of Australia’s most talented authors, renowned for his sensual, descripive style. Unfortunately for him and meI happen to loathe this style of communication. I admire people who can maintain a sense of foy and wonder as Mr Malouf spends two or three pages describing how the character felt when walking up a hill. This book deals, at least partially, with war and communicates the confusion of a soldier in battle reasonably well.
However, that’s all it does. You are lef David Malouf is one of Australia’s most talented authors, davir for his sensual, descripive style. You are left wondering exactly what happened, aware that if you pore through the script that you might find out, but too bored to try. Jul 21, David Sarkies rated it it was ok Davdi it for: Recommended to David by: My English Teacher in Year A rant about literature 21 July To be honest with you I thought this novel was little more than a load of existentialist rubbish.
I have only read two of Malouf’s novels, this one and the one about Ovid being exiled to the edge of the Roman Empire.
It seems as if there is something in common with these two novels.