Every Move You Make by David Malouf

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October 2006, no. 285
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James Ley reviews 'Every Move You Make' by David Malouf

Every Move You Make

by David Malouf

Chatto & Windus, $39.95 hb, 224 pp

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Every Move You Make by David Malouf

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October 2006, no. 285

David Malouf’s fiction has been justly celebrated for its veracity. His prose, at once lyrical and precise, has an extraordinary capacity to evoke what a character in an early story called the ‘grainy reality’ of life. For Malouf, small concrete details convey a profound understanding of the defining power of memory. He has a strong sense of the way the most mundane object can embody the past, how its shape or texture can send us back to a specific time and place and mood, just as Proust summons a flood of memory from the aroma of a madeleine dipped in tea. This tangible quality to memory is essential to our sense of self. The prisoners of war in The Great World (1990), for example, cling to their memories as a bulwark against the potentially overwhelming horror of their experiences. They treasure anything, however small, that provides a physical link with home, knowing that these relics help them to reconstruct the past and thus retain a grip on their identity and their sanity.

James Ley reviews 'Every Move You Make' by David Malouf

Every Move You Make

by David Malouf

Chatto & Windus, $39.95 hb, 224 pp

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