Milk by Beverley Farmer

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December 1983–January 1984, no. 57
Lucy Frost reviews 'Milk' by Beverley Farmer

Milk

by Beverley Farmer

McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 178 pp, $6.95 pb, 0 14 00 7184 9

Milk by Beverley Farmer

Reviewed by
December 1983–January 1984, no. 57

Ismini at sixteen, carefully putting together the surprise birthday dinner for her father, ponders the untranslatable realities of words:

One morning on a hot wooden jetty her father had hauled a squid out of the flashing sea. Dripping, its bright mantle fading, it had shuddered and wheezed at her feet, blind in the white sun, as it died.

Oh what is it, Baba?

Kalamari.

Mummy, Baba’s caught a kalamari!

Oh yes, look. A squid.

In English it was a different creature.

Lucy Frost reviews 'Milk' by Beverley Farmer

Milk

by Beverley Farmer

McPhee Gribble/Penguin, 178 pp, $6.95 pb, 0 14 00 7184 9

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