Rhubarb Paperback – 1 May 2004
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About the Author
Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in the south of Western Australia. First published in 2004, Rhubarb won him a Best Young Australian Novelist Award by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2005. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2010 and was shortlisted for Australia's most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
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All of the characters were real, flawed, people that we could know. The two leads, Eleanor and Ewan, were beautifully drawn and I could feel their pain but I didn't feel sorry for them; it is not that kind of book.
Eleanor is blind, Ewan is a shut-in, lost in his music for comfort. They both have routines and places or things that keep them safe and both lock themselves away from others, from real contact with people; until slowly, tentatively, they find each other.
There are times when the author's use of metaphor seems not to serve the story but it wasn't too distracting and in a way, perhaps it was part of what made me think the book was beautiful.
I really liked the Australian quality of this book too (it is set in Fremantle). Delightful!
Great novel can't wait to see more of Craig Silvey's work.