Crammed with surprises

Trent Dalton’s new novel
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November 2020, no. 426
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Susan Wyndham reviews 'All Our Shimmering Skies' by Trent Dalton

All Our Shimmering Skies

by Trent Dalton

Fourth Estate, $32.99 pb, 436 pp

Buy this book

Crammed with surprises

Trent Dalton’s new novel
by
November 2020, no. 426

The cover of All Our Shimmering Skies is crammed with surprises. Look closely among the Australian wildflowers and you’ll find black hearts, butterflies, lightning bolts, a shovel, a crocodile, a dingo, a fruit bat, a Japanese fighter plane, and a red rising sun.

Trent Dalton has adopted a similar method in writing his second novel, which samples almost every genre you can think of, from war story to magic realism and Gothic horror to comedy. There are references to Romeo and Juliet and a nod to The Pilgrim’s Progress. There is the heightened excitement of a Hollywood spectacular, the earthy mysticism of Aboriginal Dreaming, and a brushstroke of Japanese mythology, all sprinkled with the gold dust of Dalton’s originality.

Susan Wyndham reviews 'All Our Shimmering Skies' by Trent Dalton

All Our Shimmering Skies

by Trent Dalton

Fourth Estate, $32.99 pb, 436 pp

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