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Growing up with Mr Menzies

Author: John Jenkins
Publisher: Elwood, Vic. : John Leonard, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rarely is a book about growing-up so free from nostalgia, but full of such bittersweet portraits. It is the story of the early years of Felix Hayes, born in 1949 in suburban Melbourne. It is also John Jenkins' meditation - implicit everywhere, and at times direct - on memory and fiction, and on the embodiment of history in the lives of individuals. He is deft with the flexible rhythms of free-verse forms. The  Read more...
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Jenkins, John, 1949-
Growing up with Mr Menzies.
Elwood, Vic. : John Leonard, 2008
(OCoLC)649000032
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Jenkins
ISBN: 9780980526912 0980526914
OCLC Number: 277138821
Description: 160 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: John Jenkins.

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Rarely is a book about growing-up so free from nostalgia, but full of such bittersweet portraits. It is the story of the early years of Felix Hayes, born in 1949 in suburban Melbourne. It is also John Jenkins' meditation - implicit everywhere, and at times direct - on memory and fiction, and on the embodiment of history in the lives of individuals. He is deft with the flexible rhythms of free-verse forms. The evocations of the secret spaces and places, and the relationships, of childhood are caught with beautiful economy and layering of tones and voices. Threaded through is the iconic figure of Mr Menzies, himself a layered character, as a guide to the Australian era that bears his name.

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