Felicity Plunkett reviews 'A Short History of Richard Kline' by Amanda Lohrey

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'A Short History of Richard Kline' by Amanda Lohrey

A SHORT HISTORY OF RICHARD KLINE

by Amanda Lohrey

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 259 pp, 9781863957182

A prefatory note to this striking novel tells us that it is Richard Kline’s memoir of ‘a strange event that intervened in my life at the age of forty-two’. The following ‘short history’ interleaves sections of first- and third-person narration, shuffling the pieces of a reflective Bildungsroman that charts Richard’s emergence from a vague but oppressive childhood ‘apprehension of lack’ into something even more elusive.

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Published in March 2015, no. 369
Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. She has a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her first collection of poetry Vanishing Point won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards. Felicity’s chapbook Seastrands was published in Vagabond Press’s Rare Objects series in 2011, and she is the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). She is Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press and a widely published reviewer.

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