Chris Flynn reviews 'Inexperience and other stories' by Anthony Macris

Chris Flynn reviews 'Inexperience and other stories' by Anthony Macris

Inexperience and other stories

by Anthony Macris

UWA Publishing $24.99 pb, 230 pp, 9781742588704

Given the Australian propensity for travel, it is odd that the global wanderings of our citizens are not much explored in literary fiction, which is still in the anguished throes of self-examination, arguably stuck in a loop. How refreshing, then, to read Anthony Macris’s fourth book, Inexperience and Other Stories, a short volume which drops the reader into the discomfiting world of an Australian couple overseas.

Our unnamed narrator and his wife, Carol, are determined not to fall into the classic European tourist traps. Fed up with Australia’s ‘shabby modernity’, they arrive in Madrid, which turns out to be not nearly as glamorous as they imagined. After an embarrassing incident the couple decamp to Toledo, where they intend to view several masterpieces by El Greco. It does not take long for cracks to appear in their relationship. This leads to separation and a complete breakdown of their European adventure.

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Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is the author of two novels, A Tiger in Eden (2012) and The Glass Kingdom (2014).

Published in December 2016, no. 387

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