Dark path

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December 2007–January 2008, no. 297
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The Trout Opera by Matthew Condon

Vintage, $32.95 pb, 592 pp

Dark path

by
December 2007–January 2008, no. 297

Ten years in the making, Matthew Condon’s vibrant modern epic, The Trout Opera, has been worth the wait. It has an expansiveness and generosity of spirit that has become uncommon in Australian fiction (unless we think of an altogether different book, but on a similar scale, Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria, 2006). Sent in 1996 to report on the slow death of the Snowy River, Condon met the storied old-timer Ron Reid, who in his more than eighty years had rarely left the Dalgety region. From Reid’s yarns came the germ of a novel. Essentially, it is an affectionate and many-stranded variation on that old cultural chestnut in Australia: the search for the original of ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s ‘The Man from Snowy River’.

Peter Pierce reviews 'The Trout Opera' by Matthew Condon

The Trout Opera

by Matthew Condon

Vintage, $32.95 pb, 592 pp

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