Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe by Wayne Macauley

By Wayne Macauley

Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Wayne Macauley's first novel, is a bitingly darkish tackle the good Australian dream. Fable-like, without problems readable and finally relocating, it indicates us the intensity of Macauley's talent.

Bram and his fellow citizens are drawn by way of a dream: the promise of a highway resulting in a brand new suburb north of the town. the homes are equipped, however the highway by no means comes. one after the other, the dreamers go away, until eventually just a small, hardcore crew is left, together with Bram, One-eyed Michael, and Michael's self-possessed daughter Jodie. because the disused homes fall apart round them they barricade themselves in. they've got a gun, a bulldozer, and a hellbent decision to stick until eventually the top, no matter what, each time, that's. however the gurus produce other ideas.

Wayne Macauley is a Melbourne author. he's the writer of 3 hugely acclaimed novels, Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Caravan Story and The Cook.

'Wayne Macauley has the soul of a poet and his surreal novella is stunningly written...It is a satire of beautiful poise and confidence...If extra Australian literature was once of this calibre, we would be laughing.' Age

'[It was once] like falling right into a bale of barbed cord at nighttime and battling to get out until eventually morning. The extra I struggled, the extra it acquired below my skin.' Bulletin

'A salutary delusion in regards to the horrors waiting for our disaffected smooth citizenry...lasting visible photos and resonant symbolism.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Bewitching...ethereal...hallucinatory...In an period while many Australian novelists are taking part in it safe...Wayne Macauley is an formidable expertise worthy watching.' Wet Ink

'Tapping the hidden center of a special Australia...this is unique Australian writing at its best.' Courier Mail

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