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The Boys Who Stole the Funeral Paperback – 1 Oct 1989


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"When The Boys who Stole the Funeral: a novel sequence was first published in Australia in 1980, it proved that real novels can be written in verse, and pioneered new possibilities for narrative poetry. In a sequence of 140 varied and resourceful sonnets, Les A. Murray describes how two boys steal the body of an old Digger, Clarrie Dunn, from an undertaker's, to return it to the country where Clarrie wished to be buried. Underlying the wry narrative, the theme of blood and blood sacrifice contends with the more delicate theme of Christian reconciliation: the poem probes the dark divisions in each human soul, and culminates in a thrilling vision of the Grail of the New World, a cup of commonality, not rarefied and mystical but grittily real for those who are willing to receive it. This is the first British publication".

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