By Amanda Lohrey
All his lifestyles, Richard Kline has been haunted via a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the benefit with which others slip into contented suburban lifestyles or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into center age, Richard grows offended, cynical, depressed.
But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He unearths himself on a quest, nearly opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered considering the fact that early life. From prescribed drugs to New Age cures to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the hunt for which means in contemporary world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human longing for anything extra. it's hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best delivering but - a pilgrim's development for the the following and now.
Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize
‘Lohrey’s language in the course of the novel is a searing satisfaction … with out patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental associate, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a stability of speed and a commanding kind that allows you to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in conserving us suspended within the cocoon of an idea – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives through the day, yet which could unexpectedly ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian booklet Review
Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was once presented the Patrick White Literary Award.
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