Harland’s Half Acre by David Malouf

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October 1984, no. 65
Laurie Clancy reviews 'Harland’s Half Acre' by David Malouf

Harland’s Half Acre

by David Malouf

Chatto & Windus, $17.95 pb, 230 pp

Harland’s Half Acre by David Malouf

Reviewed by
October 1984, no. 65

Apart from the theme of growth and adolescence (with which it often merges), perhaps the most common preoccupation of Australian novelists is the progress of a young man (usually) or woman towards artistic achievement and fulfilment. Frequently the field of art is pictorial. Patrick White’s The Vivisector, Thea Astley’s The Acolyte, Tony Morphett’s Thorskeld, and Barbara Hanrahan’s The Scent of Eucalyptus and Kewpie Doll, to name only those, all deal in some form or other with a painter of either actual or potential genius. It is, of course, one of the classic themes of twentieth-century fiction everywhere, but its pervasiveness among our writers suggests a self­conscious need to articulate the Australian experience and identity. Who better than the great artist to do it?

Laurie Clancy reviews 'Harland’s Half Acre' by David Malouf

Harland’s Half Acre

by David Malouf

Chatto & Windus, $17.95 pb, 230 pp

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