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Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He's a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, published by HarperCollins in 2018, is a much-loved national bestseller and critically acclaimed, winning the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In addition, at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four ABIA Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies was published by HarperCollins in October 2020 and is already a national bestseller.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
'As Australian as outback red dirt and as universal as the sky young Molly Hook's journey takes place beneath, All Our Shimmering Skies is an open-hearted wonder, by turns heartbreaking and full of hope, no less than an instant classic' VENERO ARMANNO
'Australia has a new literary hero. Molly Hook – part Cordelia, part Jo March, part Pippi Longstocking – pulls us into a story and a landscape that is mythic, beguiling and almost hallucinatory in its beauty. And instantly recognisable as our own' KRISTINA OLSSON
'This is storytelling at its absolute purest, a truly courageous expression of longing, hope and love … against unimaginable odds' ASHER KEDDIE
'A work of shimmering originality and energy, with extraordinary characters and a clever, thrilling plot … unputdownable' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘Even better than Boy Swallows Universe…There’s a whiff of southern gothic here, with Molly reminding me of Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird’ THE AUSTRALIAN
‘Tumultuous and ultimately beautiful… poetic and full of grace.’ HERALD SUN--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B081G1SYY3
- Publisher : 4th Estate (1 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3240 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 302 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,169 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But Dalton’s second novel lacks its authenticity. BSU was gritty and raw and the mysticism perfectly balanced the earthiness. Maybe its autobiographical aspects were more vital than I realised.
Because his second novel underplays the relatable and ramps up the mystical, and you can see him trying on every page. After a while his affectatious references to the gravedigger girl, and the silver screen lady and the pilot who fell from the sky, and the elliptical conversations with the sky, and the run molly run, and the ludicrousness of 13yo uneducated Molly’s precocious knowledge of Walt Whitman and bush survival tips, and Yukio’s lack of English but word-perfect recall of Shakespearean dialogue, and the simplistic “hate” that served as explanation for all the bad guys’ behaviour, was all too much.
Add in Longcoat Bob, a bunch of inhuman lepers, a baby who falls from the sky, in fact all the “sky gifts”, a cave mouth shaped like a vagina for comic relief, and rambling unedited mythologising, and I thought Dalton was trying way too hard, even fearfully, to up the trajectory from his first hugely entertaining and truthful book.
Unfortunately also, the liberal too-clever splashes of “if you don’t master your fear, your fear will master you” “are you carrying the load or is the load carrying you?” eventually diluted down to formulaic pretentiousness.
Dammit, I was so looking forward to it as well. Maybe that was Dalton’s problem.
As a bonus, the landscape and people of the Top End, which Dalton describes with amazing clarity, will have us booking our tickets to experience first hand the wonders of Darwin and its surrounds.
This is a quintessential Australian novel destined to be a classic.
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Descriptions are evocative without being maudlin. Characters are sympathetically and realistically developed.
An enjoyable and thought provoking read; one that will linger in the memory.