Fly Away Peter

Fly Away Peter

David Malouf / Mar 31, 2020

Fly Away Peter For three very different people brought together by their love for birds life on the Queensland coast in is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers ibises and kingfishers In another hemisp

  • Title: Fly Away Peter
  • Author: David Malouf
  • ISBN: 9780099273820
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • For three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict Life there is lived from moment to moment.Inevitably, the two young men sanctuary owner and employee are drawn tFor three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict Life there is lived from moment to moment.Inevitably, the two young men sanctuary owner and employee are drawn to the war, and into the mud and horror of the trenches of Armentieres Alone on the beach, their friend Imogen, the middle aged wildlife photographer, must acknowledge for all three of them that the past cannot be held.

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      • David Malouf

        David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger Remembering Babylon was short listed for the Booker Prize He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award He lives in Sydney, Australia.


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    1. Bird's Eye ViewThis is an exquisite little novella that begins in beauty on the coast of Queensland and ends (almost) in the mud of Flanders on the other side of the world. Birds, of course, make similar migrations; this is one of the things that fascinates 20-year-old Jim Saddler as he studies birds with borrowed binoculars, noting their species, their habits, their comings and goings. He strikes up a friendship with Ashley Crowther, the young owner of this stretch of Australian farmland, and a [...]


    2. This follows the same formula as his "Remembering Babylon." First, the story. Here, a simple country lad who's into bird watching. David Malouf throws in a possible love interest, most likely pretty, who does photography. Also a rich, young man who becomes his friend. Both guys goes to war (World War 1). The contrast, from the peaceful idyll of their natural world in Australia to the numbing horrors of trench warfare. From colorful birds to rotting corpses. Some characters die, untimely, needles [...]


    3. Fly Away Peter is the story of Jim Saddler, an avid birdwatcher living in Queensland in the early 1900s. When the war arrives in 1914, he enlists, and, travelling to France, becomes a bitter soldier fighting a losing war, while musing on the meaning of life. And that's about all that happens. The first time I read this book, I didn't like it very much. I thought it was boring, slow-paced, with too many descriptions of birds and a rather tame description of the battlefield. But then we had to ana [...]


    4. 20/09 - Had to read this for year 12 English and I didn't really understand it and therefore didn't enjoy it. I find both situations strange as I am usually drawn to Australian war stories, fiction and non-fiction. Maybe it deserves a re-read with my older, more mature brain day.14/4/16 - New Review due to Reread20/4 - I think this might be the least enjoyable war story I've read. It took till page 80 (of 138) before we got to anything interesting, before that it was all about Jim and his fascin [...]


    5. 'Fly Away Peter' is a distinctive novel wherein the author reveals to us, the readers, through life's small instances is there the continuity of life. Life is insignificant, therefore, its the individual's ability to create his or her own world. The individual can always escape from the immediate [through imagination] and travel to 'another world'. The theme of seeking permanence is also touched upon in the novel if given it a detailed and introspective reading. The poetic language used by Malou [...]


    6. I love David Malouf's writing. I picked up this old (1982) novel at a used book store and didn't think it would be as good as his more recent stuff. Now I remember why I love his style--his writing is very poetic (he is a poet) and descriptive. He's one of those writers who capture the geography of the land as well as the mind of the narrator. He's received many awards, but I believe if he were British rather than Australian, he would have gotten a lot more. This novel of WWI Australia and Europ [...]


    7. David Malouf is one of Australia's most talented authors, renowned for his sensual, descripive style. Unfortunately (for him and me), I happen to loathe this style of communication. I admire people who can maintain a sense of interest and wonder as Mr Malouf spends two or three pages describing how the character felt when walking up a hill. This book deals, at least partially, with war and communicates the confusion of a soldier in battle reasonably well. However, that's all it does. You are lef [...]


    8. A rant about literature21 July 2012 To be honest with you I thought this novel was little more than a load of existentialist rubbish. I have only read two of Malouf's novels, this one and the one about Ovid being exiled to the edge of the Roman Empire. It seems as if there is something in common with these two novels. Ovid is exiled from the centre to the fringe while here, in this novel, the main characters go from the fringe (being Queensland in Australia) to the centre (being the trenches in [...]


    9. Jim, employed by Ashley Crowther to record all the bird species that visit Ashley’s property, is uncomplicated. He takes each day as it comes, content with the small beauty around him, fascinated by the intricacies of life. He knows a lot about birds, and avoids thinking too hard about those things that he doesn’t understand – like his father, a brutal, unloving man who is best avoided. When war reaches Australia, Jim thinks little of it. As time moves on, the conflict an ocean away become [...]


    10. This is a gem of a short novel, which I first read in the 70s after my father died. At that time I was reading whatever I could about experiences of World War One as my father had spent three years in the trenches as a signaller. Like many of his generation, he was profoundly altered by that experience but rarely spoke of it. Through literature, I was trying to understand him better than I had when he was alive. I re-read the novel recently as my grandson was studying it in his Year 11 English c [...]


    11. Fly Away Peter by David Malouf breaks my Australian novel duck this year! Moreover, it’s a book that seems equal parts loathed and loved by thousands of Australian high school students due to its status as a set text on the Senior English curriculum in some states…An exploration of identity that explores the boundaries of place, class and experience, Malouf uses a central motif of birdlife to survey a range of themes. Set in Queensland in the lead up to the First World War, the mystery of th [...]


    12. Beginning in Queensland, Ashley Crowther returns home to manage his father's land. Malouf here creates a sort of Australian Eden with the detailed nature of birds. Ashley works with Jim Saddler, a woodsman, and Imogene Harcourt, a British wildlife photographer, to create what is referred to as The Book, a researched collection of the birds of Queensland.The second part of the book is the exact opposite of the first part. In the second Jim is in southern France during WW1 in the muddy trenches wi [...]


    13. This is a beautifully written novella which uses bird imagery to capture the horrors of WW1. It is superb in describing the strange ambivalence that Australians have about getting involved in other people's wars on the other side of the world. I really enjoyed the main character's refections as he tried to understand why he was headed for a war in places he knew nothing about and didn't really understand why he needed to go. A very interesting comparison when read alongside a novel like Birdsong [...]


    14. An early work by David Malouf, short but dealing with important themes, juxtaposing a the peace of bird sanctuary and industrial scale death in the trenches in WW1. The book needs to be absorbed thoughtfully, but it's rewarding for those who take the time, recognising that there isn't a word of it that is careless or superfluous.


    15. Hmmm. I found this book quite boring. Even though description is good, there was too much for my liking. It would have been more interesting if there was more dialogue. I also found the storyline boring. But apart from that, it's an extremely well written book. The use of writing techniques was excellent, and the description of the war was excellent.


    16. Fly Away Peter is a 1982 novel (well… novella) by David Malouf. I read this in about three hours (it’s probably 40-50,000 words) and I am going to dash off a short review while I am working up to writing a review of "Letters from a Lost Generation", a task which continues to daunt me.What to say about "Fly Away Peter"? First, a little background. I read this book in high school, as the compulsory UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR FOREBEARS WENT THROUGH, CHILDREN book. As I reread, I had some vague memori [...]


    17. This feels very unfinished. While the stream-of-consciousness style of writing around Jim's experiences in the trenches (especially toward the end) is lovely and very evocative, to me it feels that there's still a sense of lacking something to tie the whole narrative together.Admittedly this is the first David Malouf I've read, so it might be part of his style, but I found it worth noting.


    18. Why are people hating so much on this book? First read it wasn't the best, but it was still good, and then I did a heavy analyze on it and now it's one of my favourites. It is so much like poetry, the language is so pretty and the book doesn't have a lacking page. It is filled with symbols and metaphors straight through, it is a dream to analyze cause there is just too much things to notice.


    19. Some beautiful description, but a few too many moments of "magic realism" for my liking. Didn't quite capture the sheer rawness of the First World War, but a real interesting perspective through the eyes of Jim.


    20. I feel like if I didn't have to read this for school, I would have enjoyed it a lot more!! As it is I really loved the story and the description and the idea of the book, but I'm really not sure how I feel about Malouf's writing style.


    21. From memory, this book and "An Imaginary Life" established Malouf as a great new talent in the Australian literary scene.It is a short book but it shows all the qualities that Malouf became famous for.





    22. This was my first Malouf novel - he's been on my list of authors to check out for a while. I decided to read 'Fly Away Peter' because I wanted a quick read and it was on my shelf.Well it certainly was quick and considering the subject matter, I found this a little perplexing. Set in Queensland just before the First World War, the novel explores, or juxtaposes two levels of one life. Jim, the protagonist's idyllic and peaceful life, one that seems to fit his nature and his desires perfectly, is c [...]


    23. Fly Away Peter is a 1982 novel (well… novella) by David Malouf. I read this in about three hours (it’s probably 40-50,000 words) and I am going to dash off a short review while I am working up to writing a review of "Letters from a Lost Generation", a task which continues to daunt me.What to say about "Fly Away Peter"? First, a little background. I read this book in high school, as the compulsory UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR FOREBEARS WENT THROUGH, CHILDREN book. As I reread, I had some vague memori [...]


    24. Fly Away Peter was pretty good. There was nothing overly bad about it, and I really loved the character Jim, however nothing else was that outstanding.As an Australian, I might be a little less harsh on the book, so just take that into account when reading my review :)It was very surprising for me while reading that Peter Malouf did not explore the characters more in depth. Other than Jim and maybe Ashley, I didn't have a clue what anyone was like. But looking back on the book, I think the autho [...]


    25. Creative writing courses encourage their students to create plot driven stories with action and dialogue, rather than description and explanation. David Malouf proves that literary fiction has power in poetic prose. The style of a book like FLY AWAY PETER takes a chapter or two to fall into. It's like listening to classical music again after commercial radio songs with lyrics. It's beauty is in the word choices and descriptions and symbolism. I read the first chapter aloud, to help me engage wit [...]


    26. I'm going to be totally honest, here: the reason why this got four stars was because someone had been pretty much been reading it to me and showing me where all the good bits were. If I had not had that, I probably wouldn't have found it as enjoyable as I did. In saying that, I do think the story is quite beautiful -- and is very poetic. I would be grateful with half the talent Malouf has to paint pictures of certain things in your head that you understand but would've never described. You get t [...]


    27. David Malouf manages to fit so much detail into just one page, or even a paragraph, that you come out of this novella thinking you've just read a 300 page book. Therefore, within the first 20 pages you already have a favorite character and are waiting anxiously for them to reappear later in the book.Brilliantly written - I went into this book thinking I knew what was going to happen, but was pleasantly surprised by the end of it. I'm not into sad books, especially war-time stories, but it was a [...]


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