By Amanda Lohrey
All his lifestyles, Richard Kline has been haunted by way of a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the benefit with which others slip into contented suburban lifestyles or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows indignant, cynical, depressed.
But then a wierd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He reveals himself on a quest, nearly opposed to his will, to solve the “divine discontent” he has suffered due to the fact that youth. From prescribed drugs to New Age remedies to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the hunt for that means in brand new world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human craving for anything extra. it really is hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best providing but - a pilgrim's development for the right here and now.
Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize
‘Lohrey’s language through the novel is a searing pride … with no patronising, disparaging or changing into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a significant guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of speed and a commanding type so one can hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in preserving us suspended within the cocoon of an concept – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives through the day, yet that may without notice ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian booklet Review
Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once provided the Patrick White Literary Award.
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