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Inland [Paperback]

Gerald Murnane


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15 Aug 1990
A book about novel-writing, which explains all the elements of experience which form the author's mind. It shows how authors address their readers and how they are taken on cerebral journeys through maps, libraries and the author's past.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New edition edition (15 Aug 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571154883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571154883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,097,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1939. He is the author of eight works of fiction, including Barley Patch, Inland, The Plains, and Tamarisk Row, as well as a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. Murnane has been a recipient of the Patrick White Award and the Melbourne Prize. Barley Patch won the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books 17 Jun 2013
By Kimmo I. Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In response to the last review, this is one of the best books I have read and Murnane is one of the greatest authors alive. This might not be the best place to start, perhaps Tamarisk Row or the Plains. What this book is about, to quote Murnane from his book of essays, is the "unstable world adrift as an island in the ocean of the heart". It is about "longing to breathe with ecstasy at the smell of enduring lilacs" while deep within a very private place with eyes fixed on the horizon, which might never be reached but it is the journey that matters. The reader who wants plot, dialogue, and narrative should look elsewhere. The reader who wants literary philosophical fiction at its best need look no further.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A boring, deliberately incomprehensible mess 13 May 2013
By D. Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Based on the reputation of Gerald Mernane as one of Australia's preeminent authors, I was looking forward to reading "Inland". Instead, it turned into the longest 169 pages I've ever read. The book is willfully obtuse, as if Murnane is trying to make it as difficult as possible to follow the narrator's voice. It borders on hostile. I kept wait for a payoff, some reward for putting up with this sad lunatic, but while the prose becomes more conventional in the back third of the book, it doesn't lead anywhere interesting.

The problem with "Inland" isn't that the writing is challenging; it's that the writing is tedious. Reading it is a pointless exercise in masochism. This is one of the worst books I've read in my life.
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