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The Anzac Girl Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS7I8E
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Anzac Girl, set in the rural Australia, deals in universal themes, equally as American as baseball, a sport that makes a strange, macabre appearance throughout a novel about a land where cricket is played. It does so in the form of an antique bat, autographed by Babe Ruth, no less, taken from a Yank in a wartime poker game and passed through several generations, not as a gaming tool or a souvenir, but as the primordial club often pictured by cartoonists in the hands of troglodytes. This is symbolically significant, because the story moves through an atmosphere of brutality, domestic violence and sexual assault, largely fed by what Australians of an earlier era called "Black Drink." One man find such issues difficult to face without blanching, but here there is no sensationalism or wallowing in sordidness, but rather a presentation of things as we know them to be, even when we would rather not. The characters seem as fated by their circumstances as those of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a land as Gothic as Carson McCullers' South and noire as Walter Van Tilburg Clark's West.

Langtree has achieved a remarkable tour de force, covering three generations and forty years in a work of just under eighty thousand words. She accomplishes this with flashbacks and fast forwards, telescoping time in and out, speeding up to cover years in a few sentences, and slowing to freeze moments in detailed bas relief. She begins at the end of the story and brings it full circle in spare crafted prose, pulling the reader without effort through a series of discrete, yet seamless episodes, each mercifully short for this reader, since they provided convenient breaks from the author's drill bit intensity.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, because it's outside my usual reading genre but I absolutely loved it. The Anzac Girl, set in Australia, is a fascinating glimpse into the complex dramas that can play out between generations. Author Christine Leigh Langtree tells the story of the Cooper family through the perpsectives of grandmother, mother and son, and she effortlessly describes the love, angst, and anger that arise in those twined relations. Langtree is a skilled story teller and an elegant writer. I highly recommend this book.
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By LO on June 2, 2011
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I had a hard time putting this book down once I started it. Bought it on a whim and am glad I did. Great story, I enjoyed it.
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