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Written by David MaloufAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by David Malouf

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 340 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: September 28, 1993
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-74836-6 (0-679-74836-9)
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The Great World is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and of fall from innocence, of survival and witness. Absorbed by the twentieth-century history of Australian life, the novel focuses on the unlikely friendship of two men who meet as POWs of the Japanese during W.W.II: Digger Keen, and Vic Curran. For both men, war was supposed to be a testing ground of masculine and nationalist virtue. Instead, it becomes an ordeal that lays bare the painful reality which lies behind a nation's myth of itself.

"The rare serious novel that doesn't condescend to its characters, this book has a limpidity and an elliptical sense of time that save it from becoming a blockbuster-style epic--despite having some of that form's easy pleasures--and render it poetic."--The New Yorker