[Ebook] The Drowner By Robert Drewe – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[Ebook] The Drowner By Robert Drewe – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❰Read❯ ➪ The Drowner Author Robert Drewe – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Will Dance is the son of a drowner a man who understands the secrets of irrigation With actress Angelica Lloyd whom he meets at the public baths Will journeys to western Australia to work on the engin Will Dance is the son of a drowner a man who understands the secrets of irrigation With actress Angelica Lloyd whom he meets at the public baths Will journeys to western Australia to work on the engineering miracle that was to bring fresh water uphill to a desert town gripped by two fevers the goldrush and typhoid While the love story of Angelica and Will is at the heart of this novel it is but a part of the daring epic romance that unfolds.


10 thoughts on “The Drowner

  1. Beejay Beejay says:

    Superb lyrical writing such that you almost hear the Moody Blues' Seventh Sojourn playing in the background this is a book that takes you back to those deep meaningfulless metaphysical discussions of your youthForget the idealistic young English engineer Will Dance a drowner at heart; forget the beautiful self centred and damaged actress Angelica; forget Inez the young Melbourne socialite now cleaning maggots from the wounds of miners on the Goldfields; forget the visionary CY O'Connor whose pipeline brought water hundreds of miles from the coast to Kalgoorlie and who was then driven to suicide by public ridicule; forget Felix Locke the poetry writing hypochondriac undertaker Forget them all because the main character of this book is water in all its splendor and terror its over abundance and absence its ability to give life or to take it away Think of water and you think of the soft words fluid flowing mellifluous Such is the writing of this book it seeps and creeps it finds its own level it fills spaces of irregular shapes Even at its harshest it is simply beautiful


  2. Gayle Gayle says:

    A beautiful book I have owned this for over 10 years and am not sure why it's taken me so long to get around to reading it Started slowly but became addictive reading in a slow and lulling way Mostly set in the backdrop of Western Australia and CYO Connor's pipeline to Kalgoorlie So much sadness but a joy to read One of those books that I couldn't stop reading knew I'd be sad to leave behind when I'd finished but still read at every chance I got


  3. Marianne Broadgate Marianne Broadgate says:

    Provides good insight into how things were in Perth in the very early days and particularly the amazing feat with tragic ends for the main architectengineer CY O'Connor Fictional characters with a factual backdrop I found it hard to read at first the way the story twists and turns but once I got used to the style I enjoyed it


  4. Jane Odgers Jane Odgers says:

    Will Dance was only nettle high thistle high riding on his father's shoulders when he learned about drowning His father like the mole he shows to Will and like generations of Dances before him is a drowner an artist a craftsman a personage who knows how to bring water from river to meadow exactly as and when it is needed Will like other young men of his time prefers science to art But his medium is water and his profession as a civil engineer in the early days of the twentieth century takes him from the rich Wiltshire farmland of his childhood to the parched desert of the Western Australian goldfields Robert Drewe's central metaphor in this book is water and he controls every aspect of it with the artistry and skill of a true drowner His language is subtle fluid and full of reflections but each short seuence of prose is like a vivid fragment of film in which his characters live and move In many ways Drewe's writing is similar to that of Graham Swift in Waterland and Adam Thorpe in Ulverton His story of love passion madness death and human frailty is compelling and his historical settings are full of curious almost forgotten knowledge Drewe's approach is subtle but he draws us realistically into scenes as diverse as Will's Chapel baptism in the English River Avon and his eventual watery meeting with Angelica at Bath to his typhoid delirium in a sackcloth tent under relentless Australian sun His characters are striking and unusual but only Angelica's overbearing father Hammond Lloyd comes close to caricature as Ham Lloyd the famous actor Drewe avoids this pitfall by exploring the curious psyches of other characters like Inez the well bred young English woman who arrives to nurse sick miners in the drunken sualor of the goldfields; the dandy Axel Boehm who crawls half a mile into the earth with his glass photographic plates to photograph miners; and the American poet Felix Locke the goldfields undertaker Robert Drewe is one of Australia's best writers and The Drowner is an ambitious but beautifully realised creation from an imaginative and seductive story teller Not surprisingly it has already attracted glowing reports from reviewers around the world


  5. Dallas Dallas says:

    Australian literary and historical fiction at its best The Drowner romances people place and time through an elemental journey beginning in England across Africa and on to the vast and thirsty interior of the Western Australian goldfields There is much for the inner soul here you will taste the water smell the decay feel the heat and you will want to cherish love while you canWith all great books you will be left wanting needing to know much You will be reuired to do some thinking


  6. Isabelle Isabelle says:

    Very slow and boring to start with but I was enjoying it by the end I never would have finished this if I wasn't studying it in school


  7. Dylan Goddard Dylan Goddard says:

    There are many things to like about the poetic nature of Drewe’s writing and I was fascinated by his presentation of life in Perth and the Goldfields in particular being a Western AustralianHowever there were many times I found the plot surrounding Will and Angelica really boring Particularly the early part of the book first 100 or so pages Plus the random perspectives of Felix Inez and Axel seemed to confuse than add to the storySome very nice touches but a bit too much of a chore


  8. Emily Emily says:

    The best books leave you gasping for air drowning in jealousy that you did not write them They fill you with the need to reread them to prove to yourself the assumptions you have made They make sense only in a place of consciousness which exists in the space between reader and writer and linger like perfume in the air a while after you've finishedRobert Drewe's The Drowner is one of the best books I have read this yearI stumbled across it by chance Looking for scholarly material on The Shark Net I came across a discussion of water themes in Drewe's work If you've read The Drowner you'll know why this is The book powerfully evokes themes of water as an instrument of chaos life and passion; something to be both feared and worshipped From references to Shakespeare's Hamlet to recollections of Western Australia's past Drewe paints a picture of tragedy and hope using a contrast of water and the lack of itThe novel follows the life of lead character Will Dance by profession a 'drowner' After a chance meeting with the actress Angelica Lloyd in a public bath water becomes a symbol not only of duty for Will but of passion But for Angelica her relationship with water is fraught with tension an event in her past leaves her somewhat fascinated with the idea of drowning Angelica and Will make their way to Western Australia so that Will can work on CY O'Connor's Goldfields pipelines Also tied up in this narrative are Angelica's father Hammond Ham Lloyd the sometimes foolish and sometimes menacing actor a figure of both love and loss in Angelica's life; Inez Gosper the Melbourne woman who comes to the goldfield to nurse; Axel Boehm the photographer with a secret; Felix Locke the undertaker who longs for the touch of a living human and Dr Malebranche with his penchant for prostitutes Their lives of desperation in a country town are transformed into something both normal and fascinated by Drewe's masterful prose Never a purple phrase to lead the reader astray The Drowner is a paragon of literary restraint As a Western Australian novel The Drowner is gently situated without becoming narrow in focus While Drewe uses the medium of drama and the state's reaction to the pipeline being built as an excuse to meditate on themes of West the story itself in universal Oftentimes Drewe uses Ham and Angelica to make an ironic comparison between West End the symbol of culture and The West a frontier which seems devoid of allI would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Drewe's other works or anyone who enjoyed Tim Winton's Breath I give this book five out of five marionettes joyeuseIf you liked this review visit and consider following for


  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    This is a beautifully written book full of symbolism I can see why some critics complained that the story drowns in its own water symbolism but I loved it Drewe said he was trying to write a great capital 'R' romance and I think he has in the best sense of the genre It is complex and unpredictable moving and thought provoking I would highly recommend it and will send my copy to my mum when I'm done using it for my night class I hope she will send it back to me afterwardsHappy reading of this gorgeous worthwhile book when you get your hands on itI had trouble like the other members of my course finding a copy in bookstores in Melbourne despite Drewe being Australian and popular still I believe So I ordered in from Abe Books via The Book Depository yay for them both The copy I had was published in Australia sourced by Abe from St Louis is barcoded for a library in Wisconsin and got to me via New Zealand said the customs form


  10. Maxine Maxine says:

    What a terrible story Look the language was lovely in parts and this could have been an outstanding book but it was dull dull dullIf I want to know the intricacies of moving water I will read a book about it I do not want a book disguised as a love story to bore me to death with technical information about water I belive that Australian school children are sometimes reuired to read this book as part of their curriculum and I believe that this does a great injustice to the kids If anything is going to turn them off literature it is this book Make them read Dickens or even Lawrence but not The Drowner


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