The Dead Heart - Douglas Kennedy Reviews
Description:ISBN 0349106452 / Genre: Fiction / Author: Douglas Kennedy / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 208 Pages / Book is published 1995-04-13 ... more
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by - written on 09/07/12 (Very useful, 28 readings)
I can empathise with the map-gazing protagonist of this novel - and we happen to share a name, too. He pores over an atlas, looking for escape and adventure, and strikes upon the wild heart of Australia as the place to do this, an expanse of nothing as far as the cartographers are concerned, ripe to disappear into for a while. There's something wonderfully seductive about a map, where everything only exists in suggestion and approximation; nothing viewed from this distance can really resemble the reality on the ground, so the imagination tends to fill in the abstract and undefined. As author Douglas Kennedy's first novel (coming after a number of travel ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/03/10 (Very useful, 172 readings)
This was Douglas Kennedy's first novel, having previously written three works of non-fiction of the travel variety. It's quite unlike any of his later stories, but a similarly gripping read nonetheless. The basic premise is that of an American journalist, Nick Hawthorne, who is facing a bit of a mid-life crisis when he is unexpectedly seduced by a map of Australia he finds in a book shop. The story therefore begins with his arrival in Darwin, where he's trying to find a suitable vehicle for driving across thousands of miles of open, totally deserted outback to Perth, in the west of the country. After paying considerably more than its worth for an ... Read the complete review
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