Despite Johnno’s assertion that Brisbane was absolutely the ugliest place in the world, I had the feeling as I walked across deserted intersections, past empty. Collector’s edition of the internationally award-winning poet and novelist’s debut novel, first published in It is the story of a young man growing up in. Johnno: A Novel [David Malouf] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Brought back to Australia by the death of his father, Dante is sorting.

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It is the story of a young man growing up in Brisbane in the 40s and 50s. In this way this book becomes an important piece of social history creating a near perfect feel for Brisbane of this time. I kept on wondering what the book was about as I read it. But a check of the record shows that along with the slightsJohnno had some serious fans from the start. Jjohnno who viewed this item also viewed. Dante grows up in post war Brisbane. If you would like to establish a relationship with us, please contact us to begin a conversation.

Dante jphnno persevered at home but eventually felt himself stagnating and drawn to Europe. But I h Yes, I enjoyed it, having spent many of my formative mxlouf in Brisbane. Aug 07, Velvetink rated it really liked it Shelves: Malouf packs in much deliciou An interesting exploration of the post war Australian generation through the eyes of the burgeoning intelligentsia.

Rather, it is a beautifully told description of events mallouf places over a twenty odd year time span.

Their time together throughout the book centers on the great male Australian tradition of drinking and to a lesser extent visiting brothels and dare devil acts of defiance. Dec 06, Sarah – There is nothing that upsets me more than a bad book! For many Australian men both wars however hideous in outcomes were in the beginning spelt escape and freedom. David Malouf is a wonderful writer.


And Dante seemed to need the same in return. This edition includes some corrections and is limited to copies, bound in white cloth and printed on archival It’s hard to criticize a master writer like Malouf, but this book left me wanting something more. I have always adored novels in which the protagonist is not the narrator On The Road, Breakfast at Tiffany’s etc.

When I was planning my midyear lecture on JohnnoI took a punt and wrote to Malouf asking him to join the discussion. There is a self-loathing at work, something that must be overcome, or it must The book starts and ends with the main character considering his relationship with his father, how little he knew him, and how he had not allowed himself to explore and search out the real essence of his father.

Nov 26, Kali Napier rated it really liked it.

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How much of Johnno was accurate? The beauty and pathos of the novel are in a series of missed moments. An outrageous character of legendary proportions, Johnno is brou Brought back to Australia by the death of his father, Dante is sorting through his father’s belonging when he comes across a photograph of Johnno, a long-time friend.

Share jonno thoughts with other customers. A published poet in the s, Malouf laboured for years over what would be his first novel. Punctuation is a worthwhile tool. Please try again later. He is larger than life. Brisbane, Queensland Australia Australia.

I was seventeen when I had this book prescribed to me for my Year 11 Literature class. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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It’s getting really old. Malouf engages us so wholly with the story that by the end, we feel that Johnno was in fact a character in our own history. I remembered stories from my father from when he was growing up in the same town and time.

The photograph stirs up a lifetime of memories for Dante, leading him to finally set Johnno’s story–which has haunted him for years–on paper. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Mining guides his choices. It was johnnno mediocre even to be a province of hell.


“Johnno” by David Malouf-are we who we think we are, or who is reflected in those around us?

Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Astonishingly well written for a debut novel. In the meantime I sat as quietly as possible while the other students recounted the many merits, crucial characters, events and plot developments that you notice when you read an entire book.

It’s hard to explain why, and my reasons may be too personal to persuade any newcomers to this book, but all I know is that Malouf’s simple sounding sentences, written in that tender, inward-evoking manner, have held my interest for twenty years now. From inside the book. That no one can ever know how we mohnno feel, that we are unknowable and alone forever.

Johnno is a little gem, a wonderful chronicling of a young man’s coming of age, and his relationship with Johnno, a slightly troubled young man, in Brisbane right after World War II. For most of the book, it seem like Johnno is Dante’s sole social outlet and personal adviser.

Collector’s edition of the internationally award-winning poet and novelist’s debut novel, first published in The novel ends with Johnno presumed to have committed suicide though ,alouf reader does not know for sure and his funeral in suburban Brisbane. Stuck in a much earlier era where such things were never mentioned.

Late in the story, Malouf alludes to other relationships Dante has, and only then did I realize he was a better-rounded person.