The Horses

The Horses

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On the
outskirts of Sydney, a boys' boarding school prides itself on the horses it
keeps. David, a gifted working class student, receives a scholarship to attend.
At the same time Gregory, a new master, is appointed. Both soon learn, from
their different perspectives, that what is said bears little relation to what
is done. The school isolates itself from the outside world and over the course
of several months of rain, the atmosphere inside the school becomes
increasingly lawless and violent. School buildings slip away in floods.
Underlying differences between various parties in the school turn into open
conflicts, and the school community begins breaking up. These tensions are
focussed in the conflict between two masters, Val and Mr C. These two men loathe
one another, and both recruit boys in the war of ideas they are waging.

Horses seems unique in Australian literature, exploring with great subtlety
the complex way in which class can perpetuate itself through the education of
its children. Reminiscent of J. G. Ballard's High Rise, set in an
apartment complex designed to isolate its residents from the outside world, and
Patrick White's writing in its satirical impulse leavened by compassion for the
individual, Lane's new novel is never anything less than startlingly fresh and
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Yarraville, VIC, Australia
  • 1921924853
  • 9781921924859

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