A novel of incantatory beauty set in the wilds of Australia from Susan Elderkin, one of Granta's 'Best of British' writers and the sparklingly original author of 'Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains'. In the remote, blood-red landscape of the Australian bush, thirteen-year-old Billy Saint hears the haunting song of an Aboriginal girl. The song tugs at something deep, something larger and more powerful than himself. She has sung Billy up - and he is destined to love her for ever. In an Alice Springs hospital ten years later, recovering from gruesome wounds of mysterious origin, Billy attempts to explain the voices in his head. But only Cecily, the Aboriginal nurse, will listen. What unravels is a mesmerising account of the relationship between a man, the land he loves, and the spirits of the country, struggling to be heard before it is too late. 'The Voices' is as seductively beautiful as the timeless landscape in which it is set. A lament for a disappearing culture, told with great delicacy and power, it will continue to haunt its readers long after the final page has turned.
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Susan Elderkin is the acclaimed author of Sunset over Chocolate Mountains. Born in 1968, she has worked as an ice-cream seller, an English teacher in a Slovakian shoe factory and, for the past five years, as a freelance journalist. She lives in New York.From Publishers Weekly:
The ancestral voices of aborigine spirits play a prominent role in Elderkin's second novel (after Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains), the erratic story of a white boy's coming of age. Billy Saint grows up identifying with kangaroos and communing with nature near his tiny village north of Alice Springs, tendencies that bewilder his mother, Crystal, and her passive husband, Stan, a car mechanic. Billy's troubles begin when he is 16 and he meets a mysterious native girl named Maisie during his wanderings. On an expedition they take together in a car Billy borrows from his father, Maisie calls on hostile spirits and Billy flees, hitting a kangaroo and barely making it home. His injuries include an odd genital mutilation, which happens to be part of an aborigine ritual. Soon after the incident, Billy runs away and becomes a miner, only to encounter the spirits years later, in his early 20s. Most of the story is told in extended flashbacks as the adult Billy lies in a hospital bed, recovering from another l attack by the spirits. Maisie's charms, Elderkin's vivid prose and the limited but effective appearances of spirits make the narrative haunting and intriguing in the early going. But in the novel's second half the voices turn increasingly lurid and cartoonish, and Elderkin's tendency to skip back and forth in time muddies the story. The subplots don't help; one involving Crystal's affair with an aborigine falls flat, and another in which the spirits murder a female tourist when she visits a sacred rock is over the top. Elderkin has some success capturing native Australian spirituality in a way that mirrors her use of the Arizona desert for atmosphere in Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains, but a bit more balance and restraint might have heightened the effect.
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Buchbeschreibung Harper Collins Paperbacks, 19.07.2004., 2004. Buchzustand: Wie neu. Auflage: New Ed. 352 Seiten minimale Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 423903 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 255 19,6 x 12,6 x 2,6 cm, Taschenbuch. Artikel-Nr. 169431