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Wake in Fright (Text Classics) af Kenneth…
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Wake in Fright (Text Classics) (original 1961; udgave 2013)

af Kenneth Cook (Forfatter), Peter Temple (Introduktion), David Stratton (Efterskrift)

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Wake in Fright tells the tale of John Grant's journey into an alcoholic, sexual and spiritual nightmare. A middle class teacher, he finds himself trapped in a nightmarish outback community crippled by gambling debts. An undisputed modern classic, it is the original and the greatest outback horror story. The small mining town of Bundanyabba - The Yabba' - and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.'… (mere)
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Titel:Wake in Fright (Text Classics)
Forfattere:Kenneth Cook (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Peter Temple (Introduktion), David Stratton (Efterskrift)
Info:Text Classics (2013), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Wake in Fright af Kenneth Cook (1961)

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If Summer of the Seventeenth Doll the movie was compromised beyond salvation by its attempts to Americanise it, Wake in Fright not only survived its international production team, but became, by all account a fine film which did justice to the book. I'm looking forward to finding a copy of it. Apparently the rights were first bought with Dirk Bogarde in mind as the star - perfect! Although that didn't happen, one of my favourite English actors played the role of the doctor when the movie finally eventuated. Donald Pleasence, again, one could scarcely imagine a more suitable actor for the role.

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https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/wake-in-fright-by-kenneth... ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Update: Tuna is listed separately now. As people have read this entry and voted for it, I wasn't sure whether I should delete it.

This is a review of Tuna, by Kenneth Cook. Goodreads does not list this strong book by a notable writer.

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Having read Wake in Fright a while back, I noticed a copy of this on the shelves and it's definitely a small-handbag book, so in it went.

I read this immediately after a discussion on FB with my friend Linda which involved questions of what is 'Australian' and what is 'racist'. And here I was on page one of this, plumb in the middle of exactly that. The central character is a fisherman in a coastal town, a little Aussie battler, I think would be a fair characterisation, and dagoes are giving him grief. He and his mates despise the Italians. But that doesn't change how one acts when one has to. When an Italian on another boat goes overboard, he does everything he can to save him. Racism is more complex than a lot of people make out: perhaps they are still waters that run deep. Jack's off-sider in this is an Aborigine who sees himself as less than white people but definitely superior to the Italians, by the way.

The Italian's death opens up an opportunity for Jack to go for broke, buy a boat he can fish for tuna from, instead of the piddling small catches which are his lot to date. I can see why this is compared with The Old Man and the Sea. It feels like a sea adventure book written by somebody who knows his ground (so to speak). I couldn't put it down.

rest here: https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/tuna-by-kenneth-cook/ ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Update: Tuna is listed separately now. As people have read this entry and voted for it, I wasn't sure whether I should delete it.

This is a review of Tuna, by Kenneth Cook. Goodreads does not list this strong book by a notable writer.

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Having read Wake in Fright a while back, I noticed a copy of this on the shelves and it's definitely a small-handbag book, so in it went.

I read this immediately after a discussion on FB with my friend Linda which involved questions of what is 'Australian' and what is 'racist'. And here I was on page one of this, plumb in the middle of exactly that. The central character is a fisherman in a coastal town, a little Aussie battler, I think would be a fair characterisation, and dagoes are giving him grief. He and his mates despise the Italians. But that doesn't change how one acts when one has to. When an Italian on another boat goes overboard, he does everything he can to save him. Racism is more complex than a lot of people make out: perhaps they are still waters that run deep. Jack's off-sider in this is an Aborigine who sees himself as less than white people but definitely superior to the Italians, by the way.

The Italian's death opens up an opportunity for Jack to go for broke, buy a boat he can fish for tuna from, instead of the piddling small catches which are his lot to date. I can see why this is compared with The Old Man and the Sea. It feels like a sea adventure book written by somebody who knows his ground (so to speak). I couldn't put it down.

rest here: https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/tuna-by-kenneth-cook/ ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
The film adaption of "Wake in Fright" is one of the most disturbing I have ever seen and deserves greater acclaim. The novel does not reach the same heights of the film but there is still much to like about Kenneth Cook's finest moment.

A suburban teacher is forced to work at a very remote locality in order to pay off his university fees and while heading back to Sydney for holidays, lands in an outback town (in the film it's clearly Broken Hill but it could be anywhere). There things go downhill quickly.

Then as now, Australian outback small towns and its residents are seen as friendly if slightly eccentric. Don't be fooled, many are not. Read "Wake in Fright" if you don't believe me. ( )
1 stem MiaCulpa | Dec 18, 2018 |
Historia de un lúser muy lúser en medio de Australia y sus pueblos feos. Muy buena ( )
  aliolica | Jun 24, 2016 |
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Wake in Fright tells the tale of John Grant's journey into an alcoholic, sexual and spiritual nightmare. A middle class teacher, he finds himself trapped in a nightmarish outback community crippled by gambling debts. An undisputed modern classic, it is the original and the greatest outback horror story. The small mining town of Bundanyabba - The Yabba' - and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.'

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