A Lifetime on Clouds (Text Classics) by Gerald Murnane
By Gerald Murnane
Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the Nineteen Fifties, the final years prior to tv and the kin motor vehicle replaced suburbia forever.
Earnest and remoted, suffering from his hormones and his spiritual devotion, Adrian goals of problematic orgies with American movie stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering 11 young ones by way of her. He even desires a heritage of the area as a chronicle of sexual frustration.
A Lifetime on Clouds is humorous, sincere and sweetly advised: a much less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.
Gerald Murnane was once born in Melbourne in 1939. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was once released in 1974. It was once through A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and 5 different works of fiction, the newest of that is A heritage of Books. In 1999 he gained the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he received the Melbourne Prize for Literature.
'Unquestionably probably the most unique writers operating in Australia today.' Australian
'A Lifetime on Clouds overjoyed me: i used to be relatively admiring of the author's unfailing skill to claim simply enough and no more.' Les Murray, Sydney Morning Herald
'Murnane attracts out loads of comedy from the gap among what his hero does and what he dreams.' Guardian
'If you just ever learn one Gerald Murnane novel on your lifestyles, i encourage you to make it this one.' Andy Griffiths, in his creation.
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