Plumbum by David Foster

Reviewed by
May 1984, no. 60
Helen Daniel reviews 'Plumbum' by David Foster

Plumbum

by David Foster

Penguin, $5.95, 393pp, 0140070125

Plumbum by David Foster

Reviewed by
May 1984, no. 60

After the zany energy and comic extravagance of Moonlite, the first part of David Foster’s new novel, Plumbum, is curiously sober and the comic vision subdued. In Canberra, which his characters generally regard as preposterous, The Last Great Heavy Metal Rock Band of the Western World is born, but its birth is protracted and the narrative pace is leisurely, sometimes dangerously slow. The reader is lulled, apart from the faint, nervous suspicion that the narrative might suddenly accelerate and take off. And it does, at lunatic speed in the second half of the novel, where Foster is at his fabulous best, absurdist and zany comic.

Helen Daniel reviews 'Plumbum' by David Foster

Plumbum

by David Foster

Penguin, $5.95, 393pp, 0140070125

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