A Lifetime on Clouds

A Lifetime on Clouds

by Gerald Murnane, Andy Griffiths

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Overview

Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the 1950s, the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever.

Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering eleven children by her. He even dreams a history of the world as a chronicle of sexual frustration.

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974. It was followed by A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and five other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A History of Books. In 1999 he won the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

'Unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today.' Australian

'A Lifetime on Clouds delighted me: I was particularly admiring of the author's unfailing ability to say just enough and no more.' Les Murray, Sydney Morning Herald

'Murnane draws out a great deal of comedy from the distance between what his hero does and what he dreams.' Guardian

'If you only ever read one Gerald Murnane novel in your life, I urge you to make it this one.' Andy Griffiths, in his introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781922148506
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Series: Text Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 539 KB

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He spent some of his childhood in country Victoria before returning to Melbourne, where he lived for the next sixty years.

In 1957 Murnane began training for the Catholic priesthood but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a primary-school teacher. He later taught creative writing. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974. It was followed by A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and five other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A History of Books.

In 1999 he won the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature and, after the death of his wife, moved to north-west Victoria.

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