Usher by Matthew Condon

by
September 1991, no. 134
Marian Eldridge reviews 'Usher' by Matthew Condon

Usher

by Matthew Condon

University of Queensland Press, 260 pp, $19.95 pb

Usher by Matthew Condon

by
September 1991, no. 134

The usher of the book’s title is T. Nelson Downs, long-time resident of Burleigh Heads. (The T. Doesn’t stand for anything; it was a parental whim.) He’s one of those wonderful, original, exasperating people full of impossible ideas (such as marketing gigantic ice sculptures for public occasions using skilled tradesmen brought out especially from Florence).

Amateur magician, collector of antiquities, botanist, visionary, T. Nelson is owner and head usher of a cinema he calls the Universe-Cine-by-the Sea. He has installed a galaxy of lightbulbs in the roof, and, to better understand the world, is showing progressively earlier films, even if this means screening Cutting Out Diseased Potatoes from the Warrnambool Herd on Christmas Eve.

Marian Eldridge reviews 'Usher' by Matthew Condon

Usher

by Matthew Condon

University of Queensland Press, 260 pp, $19.95 pb

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