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Title: Love and Longueurs. "The Lovemakers: Book Two: Money and Nothing" by Alan Wearne. [review]
Authors: McCooey, David
Keywords: Book review
Australian fiction
Issue Date: May-2004
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: McCooey, David 2004. Love and Longueurs. Review of "The Lovemakers: Book Two: Money and Nothing" by Alan Wearne. 'Australian Book Review', No 261, May, 38-39.
Series/Report no.: Australian Book Review No. 261
Abstract: Alan Wearne's "The Lovemakers" is a book about overdoing it. Its characters have unwise love affairs, dream foolish dreams, drink too much, engage in criminal activity, amass (and lose) vast wealth, and talk incessantly (usually about themselves). Wearne’s characters usually deal with obsession and with the places you get to in life if you overdo things. Few characters in this second part of Wearne’s epic verse novel age gracefully, and some don’t get to age at all. But "The Lovemakers" isn’t just about overdoing it: it performs overdoing it. Wearne’s aesthetic is one of excess, of conspicuous idiosyncrasy. Part of its excessiveness and oddity is its oxymoronic status. Wearne’s books are simultaneously poetic and prosy, realistic and outré, stylistically heterogeneous and tonally homogenous.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/688
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 261 - May, 2004

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