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Hunting the Wild Pineapple eBook » Hunting the
  • Paperback
  • 178 pages
  • Hunting the Wild Pineapple
  • Thea Astley
  • English
  • 01 February 2018

Hunting the Wild Pineapple❰Epub❯ ➞ Hunting the Wild Pineapple Author Thea Astley – Essayreview.co.uk Leverson the narrator, at the centre of these stories calls himself a people freak Seduced by north Queensland s sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of mis Leverson the narrator, at the centre of these stories calls himself a people freak Seduced by north Queensland s sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established QueenslandersLeverson s ironical yet compassionate view makes every story, every incident, a pointed example Hunting the PDF/EPUB or of human weakness or strength.


About the Author: Thea Astley

Thea Astley was one of Australia s most respected and acclaimed novelists Born in Brisbane in , Astley studied arts at the University of Queensland She held a position as Fellow in Australian Literature at Macquarie University until , when she retired to write full time In she was granted an honorary doctorate of letters Hunting the PDF/EPUB or from the University of QueenslandShe won the Miles Franklin Award four times in for The Well Dressed Explorer, in for The Slow Natives, in for The Acolyte and in for Drylands In she was award the Patrick White Award Other awards include The Age Book of the Year Award for A Kindness Cup, the James Cook Foundation of Australian Literature Studies Award for Hunting the Wild Pineapple, the ALS Gold Medal for Beachmasters, the Steele Rudd Award for It s Raining in Mango, the NSW Premier s Prize for Reaching Tin River, and the Age Book of the Year Award and the FAW Australian Unity Award for The Multiple Effects of RainshadowPraise for Thea Astley Beyond all the satire, the wit, the occasional cruelty, and the constant compassion, the unfailing attribute of Astley s work is panache Australian Book Review.


10 thoughts on “Hunting the Wild Pineapple

  1. says:

    This is a marvelous collection, and I cannot believe I ve lived in Australia for nearly a decade now but not read Thea Astley I have been missing out She s an astonishing writer, in all ways This set of short stories was published over thirty years ago, but it is fresh and snappy and poignant I laughed aloud at some parts and got a bit weepy in others I cannot seriously recommend any of the stories as better than others, but I do have my favourites The Curate Breaker , A Northern Belle , This is a marvelous collection, and I cannot believe I ve lived in Australia for nearly a decade now but not read Thea Astley I have been missing out She s an astonishing writer, in all ways This set of short stories was published over thirty years ago, but it is fresh and snappy and poignant I laughed aloud at some parts and got a bit weepy in others I cannot seriously recommend any of the stories as better than others, but I do have my favourites The Curate Breaker , A Northern Belle , Ladies Need Only Apply , and Write Me, Son, Write Me But the other four stories are as beautiful, in their own ways, and A Man Who s Tired of Swiper s Creek is Tired of Living is one that made my heart catch in my throat Before you judge me, read the bit about the elderly lady, far from home and all that is familiar to her, wandering alone and confused on the airstrip tarmac A few of the stories invoke elements of the Gothic, akin to what one finds in Jean Rhys s The Wide Sargasso Sea , which I think of as Romantic Gothicism in the West Indies Also, there s something about the tone of the narrator, Leverson, whose voice weaves in and out of the stories, as the common thread binding the local characters together, which reminds me vaguely of Tennessee Williams only straight and Australian, if you can imagine I see Leverson as someone a bit outside of it all, perhaps in a TW style elegant white suit and jaunty hat, sipping chilled cocktails and being exceedingly kind and polite, whilst taking mental notes of every passing detail In many or even most of the stories, there is a sense of isolation and building dread, often due to a felt but not clearly understood menace, and then there are the big and little acts of evil perpetrated by looming characters whom the protagonists are unable to escape either due to actual or perceived limitations on their own part and who darken the landscape like an eclipse I would put two of the most powerful stories in the Tropical Gothic category, for certain The Curate Breaker and Ladies Need Only Apply Aside If you like literary Gothicism I certainly do and you want a flavour of how Australian s handle that, you might enjoy Joan Lindsay s Picnic at Hanging Rock There are others, I am sure, but that one springs to mind first as outstanding in its ability to evoke all that sense of Gothic creepiness, whilst taking place in the bright sunlight of the Australian bush Terror in sunlight is an especially clever trick to pull off, I think, when it does not involve crocodiles, snakes, spiders, or the much maligned but mostly harmless dingo Another feather in Thea Astley s writing cap is that you cannot predict her or at least, I could not She does not necessarily give you the character behaviour, the dialogue, or the endings you expect, but neither does she use cheap tricks to mislead you She is simply hugely talented and quietly shocking in an era that does not shock easily The question I cannot answer, which I would have been able to at one time, is how culturally embedded this book is by which I mean, do you need to be an Aussie to get it I think not, because the stories are all set in Far North Queensland, which is the tropics, and which is a far cry from the temperate Victorian south, where I live The people have their own ways up there, just as we do down here, and yet, the stories sing, and go on singing, even to us Southerners

  2. says:

    This is the single most amazing book I have ever read I studied this book for the better part of a year, and was still coming up with new ideas, concepts meanings behind the words that Astley has masterfully sewn into its plot Even now I m discovering new allusions, quotes and references Reading the anthology at face value, you know you re reading something beautiful Delve a little deeper, attempt to discover Astley greater purpose and you ll realise just how ingenious Astley truly was th This is the single most amazing book I have ever read I studied this book for the better part of a year, and was still coming up with new ideas, concepts meanings behind the words that Astley has masterfully sewn into its plot Even now I m discovering new allusions, quotes and references Reading the anthology at face value, you know you re reading something beautiful Delve a little deeper, attempt to discover Astley greater purpose and you ll realise just how ingenious Astley truly was this is a book that is never finished You can read it cover to cover and still have missed something Good luck

  3. says:

    Finished 28.06.2018Genre short storiesRating C 20BooksOfsummerConclusion Not every book can be a home run for one ofmy favorite authors Review Finished 28.06.2018Genre short storiesRating C 20BooksOfsummerConclusion Not every book can be a home run for one ofmy favorite authors Review

  4. says:

    One of my all time favourite books Clever, insightful, dry and sometimes very funny Astley wields words like a circus knife act and I find myself too terrified to flinch.

  5. says:

    Exquisite written series of loosely linked short stories depicting lives of quiet desperation amongst the remote fecundity of far north Queensland These are a little bit sad, silly and sadistic in turn I think of art as something with the power and originality to change how I perceive or experience the world and I think this has done that for me.

  6. says:

    It s been a while since I ve read this, but I remember the feeling of an interesting conflict within the stories From the cover one might imagine this will be a nice book of short stories about the beach, however I distinctly remember each story containing a seriously dark, disturbing or unsettling element Some even slipping into the almost surreal Though it may not necessarily fall into the nice, light read that someone may be looking for it definitely provided some engaging stories, and a d It s been a while since I ve read this, but I remember the feeling of an interesting conflict within the stories From the cover one might imagine this will be a nice book of short stories about the beach, however I distinctly remember each story containing a seriously dark, disturbing or unsettling element Some even slipping into the almost surreal Though it may not necessarily fall into the nice, light read that someone may be looking for it definitely provided some engaging stories, and a different perception of the so seeming idyllic region of Tropical Queensland

  7. says:

    PMQ library.Tried to read this book to gain another dimension of Astley This book was a series of cameos about characters in the top part of Australia.Although some characters were interesting, salt of the earth, Far North Queensland types, the book itself seemed disjointed.

  8. says:

    My yearly reading of a Thea Astley work Choosing the collection of short stories Hunting the Wild Pineapple reminded me of how much I enjoy reading her work Ladies only need apply was the one that stood out for me.

  9. says:

    This collection of short stories had sat on my bookshelf for almost a decade, finally gave myself time to read them Thea Astley is a titan in Australian Literature She s won the Miles Franklin multiple times amongst other literary awards This collection shimmers with brilliance and eccentricity of The Far North The characters are diverse and reflected in the one legged narrator s voice Some characters are despicable and I wasn t quite sure how to reconcile the amazing writing with awfulness This collection of short stories had sat on my bookshelf for almost a decade, finally gave myself time to read them Thea Astley is a titan in Australian Literature She s won the Miles Franklin multiple times amongst other literary awards This collection shimmers with brilliance and eccentricity of The Far North The characters are diverse and reflected in the one legged narrator s voice Some characters are despicable and I wasn t quite sure how to reconcile the amazing writing with awfulness of the story, Ladies Only Need Apply comes to mind Overall pleased to have read it and will make time for another of her novels hopefully before the year is out

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