Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism'
Penguin, 388 pp, $24.99 pb
What Revolution? The title’s a teaser! Echoes of Lefty/Godot?
You’ll understand if I’m infected by Noel McLachlan’s prose. On page after page, sentences and semi-sentences addressing the reader informally/colloquially (even verblessly!), rich in apostrophes, italics, parentheses, sloping lines between pairs/triads, even quartets/quintets, of words, ending often with exclamation marks and (nine times on one page I’ve counted!) question marks.