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His exact point of death is not made explicit; his journey out of life is dream-like and poetic.

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A flight in Ashley’s biplane gives him a view of the landscape which confirms his mental map. The past would not hold and could not be held. May 06, Caroline rated it liked it Shelves: The short story is couched in Jim’s love of birds and flanked, or bracketed, by the separate, but overlapping lives of the other two main characters.

We do find a collision of worlds, which takes us from peaceful rural Australia to bloody Europe. The contrast, from the peaceful idyll of their natural world in Australia to the numbing horrors of trench warfare.

It is a short book but it shows all the qualities that Malouf became famous for. Perhaps Epter read it again and take more time with it the second time round.

The boundaries of class and experience are palpable – Jim has grown up with a hardworking but violent and resentful widower father, and Ashley has had a privileged schooling in Europe – but they have a quiet rapport which transcends their differences. There are many books about the Western Front.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Review quote “Malouf is subtle, lyric and insistent. His narrative is fixed, focused, like a record snagged on the same groove.

Not as she might have preserved it in a shot she had never in fact taken, nor even as she had held it, for so long, as an untaken image in her head, but in itself, as it for its moment was. However I have no real intention of making any big deals about that because I really do not want to make a big deal about this book.


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A very interesting comparison when read alongside a novel like Birdsong. To ask other readers questions about Fly Away Peterplease sign up. We, the readers, can appreciate at once this strong link, which makes them feel really special.

Fly Away Peter review – operatic take on David Malouf novel is lost in migration

Unfortunately, most times, once I get in touch with another book, I forget too easily my previous wish. Loading petee Trouble loading? Jun 05, Forest rated it it was ok. Paperbackpages. Retrieved 23 May The whole of Fly Away Peter is crafted to perfection: Quotes from Fly Away Peter. The ingredients are all much the same: Bird-watching allows them to get a very special state of mind, as they were badly looking for quietness and beauty.

And cly through it all, some things like the migration and daily lives of birds are seemingly unaffected. He takes each day as it comes, content with the small beauty around him, fascinated awa the intricacies of life. Refresh and try again.

In the same kind of way I do quite like setting up expectations which are not going to be fulfilled.

This is certainly what happened to Jim Sadler, the main protagonist of the story. Furthermore, some controversial political decisions can totally ruin our lives. But I can respect it now, and definitely respect Malouf as a writer.

May 18, Carolyn Mck rated it really liked it Shelves: As for writing a book with meaning, look, either say it as Dostoyevsky did or don’t – don’t try to cloud it with imagery when it is not necessary to do so. What this delivers is the story of a young Australian man who experiences two starkly different lives, mirrored and echoed by the presence of the other two characters, and all across the ever constant theme of birds.


He was watching a sandpiper in a patch of marshy bank, one of the little wood sandpipers that appear each summer and come, most of them, from Northern Asia or Scandinavia, nesting away at the top of the world on the tundras or in the Norwegian snows and making their long way south.

Fly Away Peter is the story of Jim Saddler, an avid birdwatcher living in Queensland in the early s. I felt as though the first 70 pages of the book were pretty worthless and while I can acknowledge that the war part of the story was well-written and interesting why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1I do not th This book is written like poetry, not a novella; this is not surprising since the author is quite famous for his poetry, but it did not make for a very interesting book.

Most of all they stand in for two opposing worlds: As time moves on, the conflict an qway away becomes unavoidable. It took till page 80 of before we got to anything interesting, before that it was all about Jim and his fascination with the birds. This book was hard to read and not enjoyable dacid all with the exception of maybe 20 pages later in the book.

The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. Unfortunately for him and meI happen to loathe this style of communication.

Trivia About Fly Away Peter. Decent book – well worth the comparatively minimal time it takes to read malou. I can summarise it as birds, birds, Queensland, class distinctions, more birds, mud, death, mud, mud, more mud, fight, fight, death, without really spoiling anything.

Lists with This Book. May 05, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it liked it.