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By Richard Flanagan

The accrued brief items of nonfiction from one in every of Australia's most sensible novelists. 'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' requested Clark Gable after being brought to William Faulkner at a celebration. 'I write,' responded Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' accumulated right here for the 1st time are some of the best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on every thing from directing movie and writing novels to a close to deadly kayak journey; from baking bread to bushfires to paintings to struggle; from Kosovar refugees at the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay at the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' billion buck pulp mill. glowing, relocating and continuously dazzling, this is often exhilarating examining from considered one of Australia's top writers.

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That strange­ ly different feeling caught us all together. We sat up in the darkness. Suddenly the weak sobbing of one of the young­ er boys shook the dark air. Tearfully, he told us of the catastrophe that had befallen our friend. We understood immediately. Groping in the dark, we gathered around the dead boy, now rapidly beginning to turn cold and stiff, who only at nightfall had still been our comrade. We elbowed aside each other’s warm bodies and touched the flesh which had lost its vital heat, then drew our arms back as if recoiling.

Instantly recovering our spirits, we raised a cheer and went running up to them. The cadets turned round at our cheers, but they stood stiffly and made no reply. They were armed with short daggers. With their hard faces, half-open mouths and well­ shaped heads held straight, they were as beautiful as carefully trained horses. We stopped about a metre away from them and stared at them longingly. No one spoke to them; they too were quiet, looking wan and anxious. These silent cadets, their tender profiles shining in the evening sun peeking through a bare copse on the gentle slope, these young soldiers, silent as if bewildered, exuded an intense, captivating strength like an odour from all over their bodies.

How poor was the meal that was given to us, that awaited us at the end of our long journey. Three basketfuls of scrawny potatoes and a handful of hard rock salt. We were disappointed and angry. But as there was nothing else we could do, we went on patiently eating. We were sitting surrounded by white wTalls and thick crossbeams on the damp tatami of the sanctuary, which was partitioned off from the narrow earth-floored entrance and the toilet by a wooden door. Just by sitting there, we made the interior stuffy.

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