Testostero by David Foster

Reviewed by
April 1987, no. 89
Susan Lever reviews 'Testostero' by David Foster

Testostero

by David Foster

Penguin, 188 pp, $8.95 pb

Testostero by David Foster

Reviewed by
April 1987, no. 89

David Foster is obsessed with opposites. He likes to play polarities of place and value against each other: in The Pure Land he contrasted Katoomba and Philadelphia, the sentimental and the intellectual; in Plumbum he put Canberra against Calcutta, the rational against the spiritual. At a talk in Canberra several years ago, he commented that it was the symmetry of the words Canberra and Calcutta that attracted him to the idea of the cities as polarities. Words themselves invite Foster to play games with meaning and suggestion, and he finds an endless source of absurdity in the gap between actuality and the words chosen to label it.

Susan Lever reviews 'Testostero' by David Foster

Testostero

by David Foster

Penguin, 188 pp, $8.95 pb

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