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Inhaltsangabe: 'Stunning - the work of a powerful imagination' Carol Shields. Snake is Kate Jennings first novel, she has written poetry and an award-winning collection of short stories. My life is about to begin. This is the only thought in Irene's head the day she marries a handsome second-world war veteran. But irritation, frustration and disappointment follow as the couple start their life together on a remote Australian farm. Rex, hard-working, reliable, agonised by love not returned and 'imprisoned in loneliness', bears mostly silent inarticulate witness to Irene's flailing attempts to escape their claustrophobic existence. So do Girlie and Boy, their children, who to Rex seem like 'the blurred faces on...a passing train. Faces that never gained definition no matter how hard they stared.' Stark yet strangely comic snapshots document the inexorable disintegration of the family. Kate Jennings' black humour and muscular prose, both pared down and rich in startling imagery, distils time and place in a work of literature that carves its exquisitely painful mark deep into the mind.
Rezension: Snake is the story of a marriage. A bad marriage, to be exact. The ring is hardly on Irene's finger before she begins to realize she's made a terrible mistake. Over the course of this very slim novel by Australian writer Kate Jennings, Irene's realization hardens into grim conviction. Nevertheless, she and her husband, Rex, remain together, scratching out a living and a life on a remote farm somewhere in postwar Australia. Eventually they have children, Girlie and Boy; Irene gets a job in town writing cheerful farm stories for a local paper; Rex farms and the years go by while this mismatched pair grow farther and farther apart.
There is something almost biblical about Jenning's tale--in the desolate landscape where Rex and Irene's farm is beset by locusts, snakes and other pests, in the Jobian trials they endure and in the inevitability of terrible retribution for the sin of living loveless lives. Yet the book's spare, almost flat narration saves Snake from becoming inflated by the importance of its own themes.
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Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate 01/02/2001, 2001. Buchzustand: Good. This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9053-9781841152851
Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 2001. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. 1841152854 Paperback. Some light creases on covers but a good reading copy. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005900158
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Buchbeschreibung Fourth Estate Ltd, 2001. Softcover. Buchzustand: New. New. No remainder marks. Display copy with light shelf wear. Page edges lightly tanned from age. Front cover edges very lightly chipped. Spine not creased. Text unmarked. BookNest - providing professional service for more than 17 years. ; 7.64 X 5.04 X 0.55 inches; 160 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 44287