Vernacular Dreams by Angelo Loukakis

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May 1986, no. 80

Vernacular Dreams by Angelo Loukakis

University of Queensland Press, 179 pp, $19.9$ hb

Vernacular Dreams by Angelo Loukakis

by
May 1986, no. 80

In ‘Partying on Parquet’, the story from Vernacular Dreams chosen by Don Anderson for inclusion in Transgressions, the hapless Steve attempts to hold a party for his HSC tutor Penny. The party is split into two small groups: Penny and her ‘uni friends’ Jan and Greg, and Marina and Pavlos, ‘dumb ethnics like himself whom he had met at Greek dancing class’. Naturally everything goes wrong, from the loudness of heels on the parquet floor to the botched lunge at Penny in the kitchen. But this is not just a simple story of humiliation. Steve is depicted at the end standing under the shower moving from resolutions (‘As for Greg and Jan, the only way he would ever be able to get on top of smart arses like them was to beat them at their own game,’) to what might be called ‘shower dreams’: ‘The steam had got so thick, he could hardly see a thing. He stared up at the ceiling. It was hanging there like a mist, a fog, with the light shining through; and it as his for as long as he wanted.’

Paul Salzman reviews 'Vernacular Dreams' by Angelo Loukakis

Vernacular Dreams

by Angelo Loukakis

University of Queensland Press, 179 pp, $19.9$ hb

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