A Lifetime on Clouds (Text Classics) by Gerald Murnane

By Gerald Murnane

Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the Fifties, the final years ahead of tv and the kin motor vehicle replaced suburbia forever.

Earnest and remoted, suffering from his hormones and his spiritual devotion, Adrian desires of complicated orgies with American movie stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering 11 kids through her. He even goals a heritage of the area as a chronicle of sexual frustration.

A Lifetime on Clouds is humorous, sincere and sweetly instructed: a much less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint.

Gerald Murnane was once born in Melbourne in 1939. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, used to be released in 1974. It used to be via A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and 5 different works of fiction, the newest of that is A historical past of Books. In 1999 he gained the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he received the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

'Unquestionably essentially the most unique writers operating in Australia today.' Australian

'A Lifetime on Clouds overjoyed me: i used to be relatively admiring of the author's unfailing skill to assert simply enough and no more.' Les Murray, Sydney Morning Herald

'Murnane attracts out loads of comedy from the space among what his hero does and what he dreams.' Guardian
'If you just ever learn one Gerald Murnane novel on your lifestyles, i encourage you to make it this one.' Andy Griffiths, in his advent.

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Obviously, what this amounted to was an all too convenient mandate for the slave trade, for the conquest and subjugation of inferior species. The Portuguese in the Americas could even argue that, since the Indians weren't mentioned in the Bible, they didn't have souls. The idea, too, of racial characteristics by which the various groups were distinguished, easily resulted in racial stereotyping - all blacks are strong but backward, all Asians clever but dishonest, all Europeans rational and progressive.

Sadly, there is no shortage of quotes to further illustrate this point. Obviously, what this amounted to was an all too convenient mandate for the slave trade, for the conquest and subjugation of inferior species. The Portuguese in the Americas could even argue that, since the Indians weren't mentioned in the Bible, they didn't have souls. The idea, too, of racial characteristics by which the various groups were distinguished, easily resulted in racial stereotyping - all blacks are strong but backward, all Asians clever but dishonest, all Europeans rational and progressive.

Thus could one who had 'never been in India', who lacked fieldwork experience, yet speak with authority on matters religious. Travellers, he said, told different tales - the Vedas, even with variant readings and textual flaws, could more easily be made to tell one story. Also, for Muller, since all religious writings reflect some valid apprehension of the divine, no one could claim to understand religion if they possessed knowledge of only one, hence his oft-cited 'he who knows one, knows none' (1873: 16), and However imperfect, however childish a religion may be, it always places the human soul in the presence of God; and however imperfect and however childish the conception of God may be, it always represents the highest ideal of perfection which the human soul, for the time being, can reach and grasp.

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