The Great World

The Great World

by David Malouf

Paperback(1st Vintage International ed)

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The Great World is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and of fall from innocence, of survival and witness. Absorbed by the twentieth-century history of Australian life, the novel focuses on the unlikely friendship of two men who meet as POWs of the Japanese during WWII: Digger Keen, and Vic Curran. For both men, war was supposed to be a testing ground of masculine and nationalist virtue. Instead, it becomes an ordeal that lays bare the painful reality which lies behind a nation's myth of itself.
“The rare serious novel that doesn't condescend to its characters, this book has a limpidity and an elliptical sense of time that save it from becoming a blockbuster-style epic—despite having some of that form's easy pleasures—and render it poetic.”—The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679748366
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/20/1993
Series: Vintage International
Edition description: 1st Vintage International ed
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 1,053,233
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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