The Chosen David Ireland

ISBN: 9780099274964

Published: 1999

Paperback

520 pages


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The Chosen  by  David Ireland

The Chosen by David Ireland
1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 520 pages | ISBN: 9780099274964 | 8.26 Mb

Now she seems like a musical note which has escaped into the air that is the river of all music. At night he goes into the dark, looks up at distant stars, miserable that knowledge has robbed us of the old certainties. Once we had souls, and soulsMoreNow she seems like a musical note which has escaped into the air that is the river of all music. At night he goes into the dark, looks up at distant stars, miserable that knowledge has robbed us of the old certainties.

Once we had souls, and souls went up there when we died. Now we have nothing, no souls, no destination, just an arithmetic of meaningless distances.An artist is commissioned to weave the portraits of a random selection of townsfolk in Lost River. For this task he must interview each one - fifty-two in all, one for every week of the year - to discern the gestures by which he might portray them. His work becomes an odyssey through hmankind, its social, political, sexual, humorous and spiritual aspects. The chosen few are enlightened, insane, larrikins, fools, psychopaths, mindles smaterialists...people who have caught a glimpse of something strange, perhaps the borders of a world behind the everyday.The weavers subjects are haunted by the death of one of their number, while he in turn is haunted by thoughts of Yarrow, the woman whose absence underscores his existence.The Chosen is David Irelands first novel in ten years and his finest achievement yet - a prodigously profound and witty vision of humanity by one of the great masters of Australian writing.



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