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The Traveller by [Addison, Garrett]
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Length: 207 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Garrett is forty something, Australian, and also a geek, husband, father and novelist. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and has been lucky enough to live in or visit most of Australia and much of the world. He now lives in Melbourne with his family. Not averse to change, thus far, he has been an Army officer, software consultant and author. But this is just the beginning. 'The Traveller' is his second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVV1NF4
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #933,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garrett Addison is an author I have not read previously....His story grips and you never quite understand why...narrated by a nameless !st person it for me, had an eerie compulsion rich with Harold Pinteresque intimidation. 'The Theatre of the Absurd' & 'Avant-garde' also spring to mind. Addison conjures up a lurking menace as the central, amoral character travels from location to location and you never quite comprehend why or what he is doing... apart from a manifest loathing of his female boss and a sense that something is terribly wrong. Words are used less for communication than for the justification by the speaker's self to himself and as a weapon against others.
No car chases, no brutal violence just a deep uneasiness pervades the narrative. It was compelling and refreshingly different...I found that once the first chapter was over it became more self conscious and absorbed into a structured pattern that critics could describe as a 'Comedy of Menace.' If you wish for something to break the usual expressions, do try this....I enjoyed the experience.
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Italian Poet F. T. Marinetti is known as a pioneer of the avant-garde movement in fiction for his idea of “words in freedom.” Fiction that explodes the traditional boundaries and formulas and calls to the reader to read the words but look within for the meaning. “The Traveller” by Garret Addison, for this reader, fits into that avant-garde genre. Whether intended or not, the narrative gives a vibe of being deeply symbolic and requiring deeper thought on the part of the reader.

The unnamed protagonist is living an ordinary life with his family. A life he seems to dread. As he prepares for the trip with his wife the reader gets a sense of crushing routine. He packs the usual clothes in the usual suitcase and contemplates the inevitable blow to his ego that yet another encounter with his soul crushing boss will bring. She doesn’t trust him and makes clear that he is incompetent at every opportunity. He seems unwilling through obligation to the other unnamed characters in a situation destructive to his sense of being. When his change comes it does so sort of without explanation or cause. The protagonist experiences a great deal of introspection within the story because the real story is his evolution within the setting. The realizations that what he does drives his life.

Despite it’s unusual structure, “The Traveller” is a quite easy book to follow. There are greater themes but they are displayed in somewhat common activity. It seems our protagonist is prepared to rise above his daily existence when we meet him and he’s as surprised with who he becomes as we are.

If you’re looking for an action packed, thrill-a-minute kind of novel “The Traveller” may not be the right novel for you. If you’re looking for something a bit abstract that brings readers to their own conclusions about what’s really going on in the story (I won’t spoil the story by telling you the conclusions I drew), “The Traveller” might just be the perfect novel for you.
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I quite enjoyed the way the character in this book is so totally and absolutely immersed in his work, and his consuming hatred of his boss. This was an interesting read, and I found the fact that most of the main characters remain nameless throughout intriguing. I also kept trying to guess which country he was in, especially after the stopover at Johannesburg on his way to it. A good story, written in a totally unique style, with a main character that you find yourself feeling real feelings for – including dislike now and then – and that’s the kind of realism that makes for an excellent read.
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An entertaining read I enjoyed.
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