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By Stephen Orr

Set opposed to a pink desolate tract panorama, this novel is the wry, robust tale of 2 young ones in strange atmosphere. Jack Alber and Clive "Rolly" Rollins are either caught in dead-end lives. Jack is trapped in a small city with out chance for pleasure or perhaps a task; Rolly is losing his existence away in a massive urban, with few clients and extra of an curiosity in watching existence than dwelling it. The lives of either those creative, quirky characters switch perpetually after they follow to paintings as jackaroos, or cattle staff, for a distant outback station. Out within the Simpson desolate tract, Jack and Rolly event experience and the chance to turn out themselves to their family and friends. This novel positive aspects issues of independence, self-discovery, and wanderlust.

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She shrugged. ’ Jack, mollified by his father’s softer mood, maybe even by his humbling at the shop, took out a piece of paper. ’ He read: ‘“Rural Employment Agency— work as station hands for 16–21 year olds. ’ All three looked at him, somewhat taken aback. ’ his father asked. ’ His mother stared at him. ’ He smiled. ‘Mum, you forget, I was a Queen’s Scout. ’ He was wishing, his fingers contorted like old barbed wire. Gran looked at him, smiled and returned to her crochet. Mirrie continued.

He wondered if they were prossies, or just checkout chicks, dreaming away their lunch hour. On past the amusement arcades, full of kids whose dreams were becoming increasingly neon, their school bags empty at their feet as they wrestled with a foe more challenging (and rewarding) than teachers. Past the fastfood stores and the greasy little yiros shops where groups of Greek men sat about talking and smoking (he reckoned they’d pop into McDonald’s for their lunch). Down Currie Street, across Light Square and right along Morphett Street until he got to Whitmore Square.

You . ’ Her forehead creased and she shook her head. ‘Buggered if I’m gonna let him . ) and blew through the front door like a cyclone. ’ No reply. She looked around her scarred house, slowly, disbelieving, as though she’d been violated by a robber (or a cast-down priest). Her bedroom, like something from a doll’s house, was neat and airy, a curtain she couldn’t remember was blowing in the wind. And on her dresser . . where were they? He’d been through her personal things! Her shop-a-dockets, all gone, her knickers and pantyhose put away god-knowswhere.

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