Sweet Old World

Sweet Old World He goes down the stairs singing Johnny Cash It s a song about a man who s fallen real low but he s not low he s forty three years old today there s still time You never know what is waiting you j

  • Title: Sweet Old World
  • Author: Deborah Robertson
  • ISBN: 9781741668254
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • He goes down the stairs, singing Johnny Cash It s a song about a man who s fallen real low, but he s not low, he s forty three years old today, there s still time You never know what is waiting, you just never know This morning he can hope And this is the thing he doesn t ever talk about He wants to be a father, now, not later, he doesn t want to waste one minut He goes down the stairs, singing Johnny Cash It s a song about a man who s fallen real low, but he s not low, he s forty three years old today, there s still time You never know what is waiting, you just never know This morning he can hope And this is the thing he doesn t ever talk about He wants to be a father, now, not later, he doesn t want to waste one minute of his life David Quinn s dream of family has for years eluded him Surely what he wants is simple It s only what other men have, but there s no woman in his life, and now that he s living on a remote island in the Atlantic, do his hopes still stand a chance It s summer on the Irish island of Inish, and the tourists are arriving They re coming for the wild beauty and the five thousand years of history, the Celtic legends and the burial sites of saints They re coming for the drink and the sex and the craic Seventeen year old Esther Bradley has come from Fremantle, on the west coast of Australia On harsh Inish, where people have always struggled to survive, she is battling the landscape of her own mind David Quinn is reluctant to catch Esther when she tumbles dangerously into his life, but happiness is about to burst upon him, and every simple thing he s wanted will soon be close enough to touch But is anything ever really simple any Set among the ancient stories of the haunting Aran Islands, reaching to London in the 1980s and contemporary Australia, this is an unforgettable love story about life s wounds to the spirit and flesh, and the hope we all have for healing, for one lucky roll of the dice Following the bestselling and acclaimed CARELESS, Sweet Old World establishes Deborah Robertson as one of our most enthralling and original storytellers, a writer whose tender, fearless vision carries her readers close to the human heart.

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    1. David, a freelance journalist and writer, lives on Inishmore, a harsh island off the coast of Ireland. A place where people come ‘for the wild beauty and the five thousand years of history, the Celtic legends and the burial sites of saints. They’re coming for the drink and the sex and the craic.’ David has come to live there in order to help his divorced sister, Orla, run a guesthouse. David is forty-three years old. With many unfulfilling relationships behind him, he is now yearning for [...]

    2. Deborah Robertson’s first novel, Careless, (2006) burst onto the Australian literary scene with a swag of award nominations and terrific reviews both here and internationally. It’s a superb book, one that held my attention throughout and which richly deserved its place on the Miles Franklin shortlist. (It might well have won it if it had not been up against the ground-breaking Carpentaria by Alexis Wright).Sweet Old World has a similar theme: what is love, and why does it have to be so hard [...]

    3. The character of David Quinn is an Australian ex-pat living in Ireland. He meets a young Perth tourist, Effie, who suffers a terrible accident. David is her hospital visitor until Effie’s mother arrives. David longs for a child of his own but is acutely aware that life has passed him by. Or has it? This is a well-told tale of loss, love, hope and resignation. Bittersweet.

    4. Some of us approach our love lives in a purposeful, confident way whereas others are more passive and tentative. Sweet Old World is a mid life love story about David and Tania. David is very much from the second camp. Frustratingly so at times. There's some lovely writing in this book especially towards the end.

    5. I found it hard to connect with this book about a man who is driven entirely by his desire to have a kid. Maybe it's my own plans to remain child free, but it didn't ring true to me. I also had trouble empathising with David because it felt like he was dishonest and tried to take advantage of Tania

    6. An easy read. Although I didn't really warm to the main character, I enjoyed a familiarity with the way he moved through his adulthood, his longings and his obligations. The writing is crisp and sensuous. However, I found "(he) gets in touch with his inner fat housewife." offensive.

    7. Upon finishing reading this effortless novel, I am charmed by its eloquent sincerity and genuineness. Deborah Robertson scrapes the cliched grime off description and recreates original clarity. I was entranced.

    8. Would ideally have given this 4.5 stars. The content (a man's desire for fatherhood) is not something I especially relate to. But the writing is just beautiful! A very talented writer.

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