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Two old men dying

Author: Thomas Keneally
Publisher: [Strawberry Hills, NSW] : ReadHowYouWant, [2018]. ©2018.
Series: Read how you want 16.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Fiction : English : EasyRead large editionView all editions and formats
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Learned Man is the child of the extraordinary cognitive leap that created humankind, as we know it, thought to have sprung from the Rift Valley in Africa and soon after travelling to ancient Australia. Shelby, the acclaimed documentary-maker, like Learned Man influenced by Heroes, thinks embattled Eritrean society holds promise that it might represent the new cognitive leap, the one that will reconcile our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Australian fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Keneally
ISBN: 9781525286827 152528682X
OCLC Number: 1086165785
Notes: Optimized reading formats.
Set in 16 point Verdana.
Copyright page from the original book.
Description: vi, 365 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Read how you want 16.
Responsibility: Tom Keneally.

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Learned Man is the child of the extraordinary cognitive leap that created humankind, as we know it, thought to have sprung from the Rift Valley in Africa and soon after travelling to ancient Australia. Shelby, the acclaimed documentary-maker, like Learned Man influenced by Heroes, thinks embattled Eritrean society holds promise that it might represent the new cognitive leap, the one that will reconcile our tenderness and our savagery, our reason and our emotions so that we are no longer a dichotomy between the two, so that we are no longer both poets and killers, but a clear-headed and less dichotomised being. Both the old men of the novel have a lens between themselves and reality. Learned Man sees the world through the lens of his responsibility under law. Shelby sees the world through the lens of his camera. Both men are well aware that their landscape comes to them from elders and hero ancestors. Learned speaks to the heroes in dream-trances, Shelby through his camera. The way the hero ancestors speak to and make demands of Learned, heroes and elders speak to Shelby. Both men, Learned and Shelby, are willing to die and, in a sense, kill for their secret crafts. Learned kills a man to save the women and future of his tribe; similarly Shelby's fellow cameraman is a sacrifice to the stories his camera must share, in this instance action in the Vietnam War.

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