The Plains
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The Plains

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Twenty years ago, when I first arrived on the plains, I kept my eyes open. I looked for anything in the landscape that seemed to hint at some elaborate meaning behind appearances. There is no book in Australian literature like The Plains. In the two decades since its first publication, this haunting novel has earned its status as a classic. A nameless young man arrives on the plains and begins to document the strange and rich culture of the plains families. As his story unfolds, the novel becomes, in the words of Murray Bail, `a mirage of landscape, memory, love and literature itself'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 14mm | 160g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • Text Classics
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 1921922273
  • 9781921922275
  • 74,896

About Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane was born in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne, in 1939. He spent some of his childhood in country Victoria before returning to Melbourne in 1949 where he lived for the next sixty years. He has left Victoria only a handful of times and has never been on an aeroplane. In 1957 Murnane began training for the Catholic priesthood but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a primary-school teacher. He also taught at the Apprentice Jockeys' School run by the Victoria Racing Club. In 1969 he graduated in arts from Melbourne University. He worked in education for a number of years and later became a teacher of creative writing. In 1966 Murnane married Catherine Lancaster. They had three sons. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974, and was followed by eight other works of fiction. His most recent book is A History of Books. He has also published a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs (2005). In 1999 Gerald Murnane won the Patrick White Award. In 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. In the same year, after the death of his wife, Murnane moved to Goroke in the north-west of Victoria.show more

Review quote

`The Plains has that peculiar singularity that can make literature great.' * Ed Wright, Australian, Best Books of 2015 *show more

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246 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 36% (88)
4 31% (77)
3 20% (49)
2 11% (28)
1 2% (4)
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