Just a quick note to share an excellent article by the always interesting Daniel Mendelsohn on three recent re-imaginings of Greek myths. One of the novels featured is Ransom by my great favourite David Malouf, which Mendelsohn calls subtle, extremely moving, rich and novel, all of which I’d wholeheartedly agree with.
Yes, I’m still breathing although unfortunately work and study have sadly cut down my reading and blogging. Just saw the Miles Franklin longlist for 2010 has been announced and thought I’d share it.
I’m delighted to see two favourites, Sonya Hartnett and Peter Temple on the list (the former for her painfully accurate study of female adolescence Butterfly, the later for his bloody brilliant crime novel Truth) and sorry to see Kalinda Ashton’s The Danger Game and Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath omitted. Must get cracking on the other titles so I have a more informed opinion, in the meantime has anyone read any of the others and what did you think?
Updated 23.6.10: I’m happy to find that Peter Temple was announced as the winner last night! From the official release:
Temple’s winning novel is the much anticipated sequel to The Broken Shore and comprehends murder, corruption, family, friends, honour, honesty, deceit, love, betrayal – and truth. A stunning story about contemporary Australian life, Truth is written with great moral sophistication.