By Amanda Lohrey
All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted via a feeling that anything is missing. He envies the benefit with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into heart age, Richard grows offended, cynical, depressed.
But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He reveals himself on a quest, virtually opposed to his will, to solve the “divine discontent” he has suffered in view that early life. From prescription drugs to New Age remedies to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for which means in ultra-modern world.
This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human longing for anything extra. it's hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best delivering but - a pilgrim's development for the right here and now.
Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize
‘Lohrey’s language in the course of the novel is a searing satisfaction … with out patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental associate, she will get contained in the head of a significant guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age
‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a stability of speed and a commanding kind to be able to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in protecting us suspended within the cocoon of an concept – “Is this all there is?’ – a query that hums out and in of our personal lives in the course of the day, yet which may abruptly ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper
‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian booklet Review
Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she used to be offered the Patrick White Literary Award.
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