May 09, 2021
Hunting the Wild Pineapple
Posted by Thea Astley

Leverson the narrator, at the centre of these stories calls himself a people freak Seduced by north Queensland s sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established Queenslanders.Leverson s ironical yet compassionate view makes every story, every incident, a pointed example of human weaknesLeverson the narrator, at the centre of these stories calls himself a people freak Seduced by north Queensland s sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established Queenslanders.Leverson s ironical yet compassionate view makes every story, every incident, a pointed example of human weakness or strength.

  • Title: Hunting the Wild Pineapple
  • Author: Thea Astley
  • ISBN: 9780140058437
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hunting the Wild Pineapple Leverson the narrator at the centre of these stories calls himself a people freak Seduced by north Queensland s sultry beauty and unique strangeness he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of mis

    Annabel

    This is the single most amazing book I have ever read I studied this book for the better part of a year, and was still coming up with new ideas, concepts meanings behind the words that Astley has masterfully sewn into its plot Even now I m discovering new allusions, quotes and references Reading the anthology at face value, you know you re reading something beautiful Delve a little deeper, attempt to discover Astley greater purpose and you ll realise just how ingenious Astley truly was this is a [...]


    Ian Tymms

    One of my all time favourite books Clever, insightful, dry and sometimes very funny Astley wields words like a circus knife act and I find myself too terrified to flinch.


    Emma

    Exquisite written series of loosely linked short stories depicting lives of quiet desperation amongst the remote fecundity of far north Queensland These are a little bit sad, silly and sadistic in turn I think of art as something with the power and originality to change how I perceive or experience the world and I think this has done that for me.


    T.D. Whittle

    This is a marvelous collection, and I cannot believe I ve lived in Australia for nearly a decade now but not read Thea Astley I have been missing out She s an astonishing writer, in all ways This set of short stories was published over thirty years ago, but it is fresh and snappy and poignant I laughed aloud at some parts and got a bit weepy in others.I cannot seriously recommend any of the stories as better than others, but I do have my favourites The Curate Breaker , A Northern Belle , Ladies [...]


    Emily

    It s been a while since I ve read this, but I remember the feeling of an interesting conflict within the stories From the cover one might imagine this will be a nice book of short stories about the beach, however I distinctly remember each story containing a seriously dark, disturbing or unsettling element Some even slipping into the almost surreal Though it may not necessarily fall into the nice, light read that someone may be looking for it definitely provided some engaging stories, and a diff [...]


    Eileen

    My yearly reading of a Thea Astley work Choosing the collection of short stories Hunting the Wild Pineapple reminded me of how much I enjoy reading her work Ladies only need apply was the one that stood out for me.


    Chel

    PMQ library.Tried to read this book to gain another dimension of Astley This book was a series of cameos about characters in the top part of Australia.Although some characters were interesting, salt of the earth, Far North Queensland types, the book itself seemed disjointed.



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