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Berg Beginning in obscurity as a piano player in Grogbusters a dreary little ueensland town the blind Holberg eventually gains international recognition a. I d expected that at only 158 pages The Acolyte would offer a uick and relaxing read in between some heavy duty classics I was obviously unfamiliar with Thea Astley Australia s most critically acclaimed female novelist winner of four Miles Franklin Awards who is as I ve now discovered renowned for her dense difficult style Australian author Helen Garner has said Astley writes like a very handsome strong and fit woman with too much makeup on This kind of writing drives me berserk For example This morning that morning was honeycombed with personal restlessness Evening swells up in lavender blue black in these parts the twenty thousand fathom sea of acceptance and a sort of timeless soothing only to be worried out of its mind by a scratch rash epidemic of star white But Astley s style has her fans too writer Kerryn Goldsworthy says I love its densely woven grammar its ingrained humour its uncompromising politics and its undimmed outrage at human folly stupidity and greed While I think Astley sometimes lays it on too thickly overall I m a fan too Her text sparkles with poetry and wit Vesper s Rotary Dad and CWA Mum who died after they debated the right of way unsuccessfully with a lilac cement mixer and Holberg s aunt Sadie who played Manilla poker and the stock exchange with the deadliness of a Chicago mobster The Acolyte is certainly hard work for the reader but it s worth persevering with This novel is wonderfully gloomy and claustrophobic from beginning to end littered with bitter wit and caustic cleverness The main characters flawed fragile and very human are perfectly created if not exactly likeable The acolyte is Paul Vesper whose first person narrative follows the rise to fame of his mate Jack Holberg a blind pianist Holgate accrues sponsors and entraps a sycophantic group of friends that includes loyal servant Vesper the devoted Ilsa who Holgate spurns Ilsa s sister Hilda Vesper s unofficial fianc e who Holgate marries and then treats callously Vesper s colleague Slocombe Slum who marries Ilsa plus Holgate s marvellously irreverent Aunt Sadie and the music lover Bathgate The relationships are ingrown unhealthy uncritical and unhappy but endlessly absorbingThese main characters a hideous Greek chorus of yes men who can t do a thing ourselves all live together in a glass box of a house surrounded by a lush tropical garden Astley s vivid evocation of the heat and tropical excesses of ueensland serves to emphasise the claustrophobic lives of Holberg s cult group religion being a recurring theme who are mostly blind another sustained metaphor and theme to Holberg s cruelty and egocentrism The irony is that Holberg s very success and imposing personal character make others blind to his actual disability At one moving point Holberg asks what Vesper does when he s in town and Vesper says he goes window shopping or to the cinema In one of the rare acknowledgements of his disability Holberg says I d like to be able to do that too matey Window shop go to the odd movie What s window shopping really like eh If it s too much of a feast you d better not tell me I can thoroughly recommend this short challenging but rewarding work Cotas Claim eventually gains international recognition a. 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It is told in the first person by “the acolyte” Paul Vesper The novel traces the career of a fictional Australian musician and composer named Jack Hol. AWW2018 Winner Miles Franklin Award 1972 Classic Strong point clever metaphors allusions to music Catholic rituals and history poetry Half the fun is trying to find all these gems hidden in the text Weak point ch 3 and ch 7 where the story begins to drag and feels stretched but just keep on reading REVIEW

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S a composer Vesper who had met Holberg during his less renowned period gives up an engineering career to serve the great man in a sense to become his eye. What a pleasure it is to read this witty intelligent bookSeehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200


9 thoughts on “The Acolyte

  1. says:

    Shockingly I’d never read any Thea Astley until I read The Acolyte I felt guilty about having not done so sure but it wasn’t until I was at a loose end and needed a book uickly that a hasty grab from a bag of books rescued from the last days sale of a cavernous bookstore brought it to my attention And boy am I glad that chance brought me in contact with the story of Paul Vesper the titular acolyte of blind and fictional compos

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    #AWW2018 Winner Miles Franklin Award 1972 #Classic Strong point clever metaphors allusions to music Catholic rituals and history poetry Half the fun is trying to find all these ‘gems’ hidden in the text Weak point ch 3 and ch 7 where the s

  3. says:

    So disappointing This was incredibly dated after wading through complex yet meaningless turgid prose for a couple of hours I abandoned after 50 pages the book euivalent of a hair shirt? Slow boring barely comprehensible pretentious Read her great books like Drylands or A Kindness Cup

  4. says:

    The problem with literature is that you have to concentrate so hard to try to fathom what the author is actually saying it becomes a task rather than a pleasureThere are far interesting books that reuire concentration to read ie non fiction and far easier and pleasurable books to read ie novels

  5. says:

    Astley writes marvellous rich and readable short novels and this is no exception Her poet's sensibility and her talent for storytelling fuse in this book that is a classic for reason

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    I’d expected that at only 158 pages The Acolyte would offer a uick and relaxing read in between some heavy duty classics I was obviously unfamiliar with Thea Astley Australia’s most critically acclaimed female novelis

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    Ugh I hate all these people and begrudge them every second of my life that was spent on them I'll exclude Sadie from this review because she's cool The rest however are the most insufferable ensemble I've come across for a very long time Thea Astley is clearly a brilliant writer to make me hate them all so much She has such an inter

  8. says:

    I went to Australia a couple months ago I got bit by a penguin which is maybe the highlight of my life Another highlight someone made a stuffed animal she calls them Grumps that looked like me complete with a little copy of

  9. says:

    What a pleasure it is to read this witty intelligent bookSeehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200

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