Silent Snarls in the Suburbs. "Father Lands" by Emily Ballou. [review]

dc.contributor.author Falconer, Delia
dc.date.accessioned 2006-10-04T04:58:16Z
dc.date.available 2006-10-04T04:58:16Z
dc.date.issued 2002-12
dc.description.abstract My first thought on reading "Father Lands" was of Lasse Hallström's film "My Life as a Dog" (1985) in the way that both novel and film enter so completely and unerringly into the world of childhood with all its quirks, illogicality and fears. But there are other traditions at work in this novel, set in Milwaukee in the mid-1970s, and which recounts Cherry Laurel's experience of the ‘Historical Experiment’ of integrating black and white primary school students. Ballou, an American who has made Australia her home for the last decade, may also have had in mind the use of a child’s-eye perspective that runs through American literature from "Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend", in which matters of great historical significance, particularly the racial history of the USA, are brought into relief by the stark honesty of an ingenuous child-narrator. en
dc.description.sponsorship Australia Council, La Trobe University, National Library of Australia, Holding Redlich, Arts Victoria en
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dc.identifier.citation Falconer, Delia 2002. Silent Snarls in the Suburbs. Review of "Father Lands" by Emily Ballou. 'Australian Book Review', No 247, December, 58. en
dc.identifier.issn 0155-2864
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1309
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Australian Book Review en
dc.relation.ispartofseries No 247 en
dc.subject Australian en
dc.subject Book Reviews en
dc.subject Publishing en
dc.subject.other Australian Standard Research Classification > 420200 Literature Studies > 420202 Australian and New Zealand en
dc.title Silent Snarls in the Suburbs. "Father Lands" by Emily Ballou. [review] en
dc.type Article en
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