Phil Brown reviews 'The Daughters of Mars' by Thomas Keneally

The Daughters of Mars

by Thomas Keneally

Vintage, $32.95 pb, 592 pp, 9781864712254

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alancing the big picture with the intimate details that engage us when reading a novel is not easy. This latest book from veteran Australian author Tom Keneally is epic in scope, but takes us into the intimate worlds of particular people. This is the way to tell a story about an event as mammoth as World War I. Keneally, the author of Schindler’s Ark (1982) and many other fine works of fiction and non-fiction, knows this well and has done it many times before. This time around, though, the story is overwhelmed by the attention to detail on which he obviously prides himself.

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Published in June 2012, no. 342
Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a Brisbane journalist and author. He is the author of two books of poetry – Plastic Parables and An Accident in the Evening – and two books of humorous memoir – Travel with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do, both of which were published by UQP. He is senior writer for the News Limited lifestyle magazine Brisbane News.