Mixed Results in the South Seas. "Quiros", by John Toohey. [review]
Australian Book Review
John Toohey’s "Quiros" is set during the seventeenth-century search for the Great South Land. Toohey negotiates the pitfalls of his genre with mixed success. The situation he explores is intriguing: men grouped in a confined place on a dangerous voyage to an uncertain destination. He sets up the various psychological dramas in a promising fashion, and gives his story the immediacy of a first-person narrator. However, various interesting possibilities are not fully explored. Perhaps the problem is a sense of uncertainty about the novel’s precise generic location, whether it is primarily a psychological drama or an adventure tale.
Australian, Book Reviews, Publishing
Rivers, Bronwyn 2002. Mixed Results in the South Seas. Review of "Quiros" by John Toohey. 'Australian Book Review', No 243, August, 63.