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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

“Bitter Heritage” or New Birth? Two Novels by Randolph Stow

Articles 23.11.2011 By Andrew Taylor

Randolph Stow’s two novels, To the Islands and Tourmaline, are set in the remote and arid north of Western Australia. Its hostile environment is depicted as a site of spiritual purgation and desolation. But today iron and gas deposits of enormous value have been discovered in this area and the adjacent ocean, and some of the world’s largest industrial developments threaten both its fragile ecology and its storehouse of priceless indigenous rock art. Stow’s novels are read as warnings of how easily success can disintegrate into hopelessness, and how tenuous our grip on spiritual fulfillment can be.

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