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Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism' by Noel McLachlan

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April 1989, no. 109

Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism' by Noel McLachlan

Penguin, 388 pp, $24.99 pb

Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism' by Noel McLachlan

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April 1989, no. 109

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.

Ken Inglis reviews 'Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism' by Noel McLachlan

Waiting for the Revolution: A history of Australian Nationalism'

by Noel McLachlan

Penguin, 388 pp, $24.99 pb

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