Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people's battles - from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In The Great World, his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience. But The Great World is more than a novel of war. Ranging over seventy years of Australian life, from Sydney's teeming King's Cross to the tranquil backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, it is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and lost innocence, of survival and witness.
. Australian Malouf's study of the intense and uneasy relationship between two men from the Depression to World War II.
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The Great World by David Malouf
Absorbing story of two men, friends, set against the backdrop of a Japanese POW camp. A fascinating account of the conditions and mind-changing experience that is war. A great read.