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The Art of the Engine Driver Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (August 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 073227057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732270575
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,919,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Steven Carroll's subtly crafted novel is a poignant exploration of dashed hopes and suburban desperations...A rich and evocative novel with a strong sense of period." Mail on Sunday "An exquisitely crafted journey of Australian suburban life ... fresh and irresistible" Miles Franklin Literary Award Judges, 2002 "Deceptively simple, this novel has a quiet force" Sydney Morning Herald "A veritable little gem ... a beautiful discovery" Elle France "Subtle, true and profoundly touching ... from the first lines of this very beautiful novel by Steven Carroll, an indefinable charm is at work" Le Monde --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Steven Carroll was born in Melbourne and grew up in Glenroy. He went to La Trobe University and taught English in high schools before playing in bands in the 1970s. After leaving the music scene he began writing as a playwright and became the theatre critic for The Sunday Age. His novels The Art of the Engine Driver and The Gift of Speed were both shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2008, The Time We Have Taken won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, South-East Asia and South Pacific region as well as the 2008 Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize. He has recently given up his lecturing post at RMIT to write full time and lives in Brunswick, Victoria. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set during a fateful night with the omnipresence of a comet commanding the sky and a inter-city train careering the lives of the characters off the rails, this is an examination of suburban Australian life in the 1950's told through the eyes of an innocent young boy, whose father is an abusive alcoholic train driver. Key themes are the lack of opportunity and empowerment for women, the sense of hopelessness of the migrant and working class, but nicely contrasted by the mastery of the train drivers skill. The story is told in the lead up to and during a suburban engagement party with the back story of the characters well intertwined into the tale.
However the languid mood of the book leads to a sense of irritation as the book takes way too long to reach its inevitable end.
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