The Grass Library by David Brooks

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April 2020, no. 420
Ben Brooker reviews 'The Grass Library' by David Brooks

The Grass Library

by David Brooks

Brandl & Schlesinger, $26.95 pb, 224 pp

The Grass Library by David Brooks

by
April 2020, no. 420

From the Man’s horse ‘blood[ied] from hip to shoulder’ in Banjo Paterson’s ‘The Man from Snowy River’ (1890) to the kangaroos drunkenly slaughtered in Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright (1961), non-human animals have not fared well in Australian literature. Even when, as in Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals (2014), the author’s imagination is fully brought to bear on the inner lives of animals, their fate tends towards the Hobbesian – ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’ – reflecting back to us our own often unexamined cruelty. The rare exceptions, such as J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello (2003), incorporating a fictionalised series of animal-rights lectures, serve only to point up the rule.

Ben Brooker reviews 'The Grass Library' by David Brooks

The Grass Library

by David Brooks

Brandl & Schlesinger, $26.95 pb, 224 pp

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