By Wayne Macauley
Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, Wayne Macauley's first novel, is a bitingly darkish tackle the nice Australian dream. Fable-like, easily readable and finally relocating, it exhibits us the intensity of Macauley's talent.
Bram and his fellow citizens are drawn via a dream: the promise of a highway resulting in a brand new suburb north of town. the homes are outfitted, however the highway by no means comes. one after the other, the dreamers go away, till just a small, hardcore staff 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 choice to stick until the tip, no matter what, each time, that's. however the professionals 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 might be laughing.' Age
'[It was once] like falling right into a bale of barbed cord in the dead of night and battling to get out until morning. The extra I struggled, the extra it received lower than my skin.' Bulletin
'A salutary delusion concerning the horrors looking ahead to our disaffected sleek citizenry...lasting visible photographs and resonant symbolism.' Sydney Morning Herald
'Bewitching...ethereal...hallucinatory...In an period while many Australian novelists are enjoying it safe...Wayne Macauley is an bold expertise worthy watching.' Wet Ink
'Tapping the hidden middle of a unique Australia...this is unique Australian writing at its best.' Courier Mail
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