Portrait of an Optimist by Donald Horne

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December 1988, no. 107

Portrait of an Optimist by Donald Horne

Penguin, 207 pp, $16.99 pb

Portrait of an Optimist by Donald Horne

by
December 1988, no. 107

Donald Horne, pleasantly surprised that he is now a university professor, looks back at the journalist and aspiring novelist that he was in the 1950s. This is to be the third (and final) instalment in the saga of the education of Donald.

Shortly after the book opens, Donald sets off from Australia on a voyage to England, with his English-born wife, Ethel. On the ship he is a party-goer and maker of trivial fun, at once witty and deeply pessimistic.

Michael Cathcart reviews 'Portrait of an Optimist' by Donald Horne

Portrait of an Optimist

by Donald Horne

Penguin, 207 pp, $16.99 pb

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