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The Service of Clouds - Delia Falconer
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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005. Paperback. New. The year the Hydro Majestic Hotel failed as a hydropathic institute Harry Kitchings fell in love with the air and stayed. Les Curtain began to feel the dusk in his lungs. It was a romantic year. Men carried thermometers and dreamed of women struck by lightning. Postmen hauled packets filled with love and human hair. Women carried notebooks and pressed storms in them like flowers. You could feel our love rising from the mountaintops. At least that is how Harry Kitchings might tell [Url removed] were we in love with?It is 1907 and the Blue Mountains are filled with the grand dreams of elsewhere. Eureka Jones, a young pharmacist's assistant with historical eyes, falls in love with Harry Kitchings, a man who takes pictures of clouds and succumbs to the "madness of photography". Their love turns the mountains sapphire [Url removed] in a vast landscape haunted by sadness and the stories of romance which drift across it, The Service of Clouds combines the lushness of Marquez and the tenderness of Ondaatje to explore passion, illness, and the secret desires men and women bring to mountains.What the critics said:'The introduction of photography into the Australian Blue Mountains is an unlikely subject for a debut novel. Reading it is like watching a picture slowly emerge in a developing tank. But what a picture, and what a writer.'–Economist Review'...an exuberant meditation on the "history of the air," the art of seeing and the end of romance as the pre-moderns knew it'–New York Times Book Review'...a delight to read, but I feel that it will become an even richer work as I sit with it, and absorb its layers, and its grace'–Australian Book Review'...theme and metaphor dovetail seamlessly, shaped as they are by Falconer's poetic vision. It is such a joy to read a novelist who writes with all the precision and exuberance of a poet'–Sydney Morning HeraldSKU: MM-45002074; EAN: 9780330360272, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005

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It is 1907 and the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are filled with the grand dreams of elsewhere. Eureka Jones, a young pharmacist's assistant with historical eyes, falls in love with Harry Kitchings, a man who takes pictures of clouds and succumbs to the "madness of photography". Set in a vast landscape haunted by sadness and the stories of romance which drift across it, the novel explores passion, illness and the secret desires men and women bring to the mountains. contemporary,fiction,genre fiction,historical,literary,literature and fiction,romance Romance, Picador

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[EAN: 9780330360272], Fiction|General, Fiction|Romance|Historical, Picador, Sydney, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Book Condition: Good. Ex library with laminated covers. Very clean interior., [PU: Pan Books, Pan Macmillan, Time Warner]

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The Service of Clouds

A mystically inclined photographer who tries to find the face of God captured in clouds; a tubercular horticulturist who experiences others' dreams; a pharmacist's assistant who sells tonics to cure homesickness and unrequited love--these are the inhabitants of Katoomba, a town high in Australia's Blue Mountains where the air is "too thin to support any certainties." Opening in 1907 and spanning nearly two decades, The Service of Clouds follows the coming-of-age of young Eureka Jones, whose town springs into life once she sees it through the eyes of photographer Harry Kitchings. But plot is never this narrative's focus. "My mother, being possessed of a practical temperament, did not use metaphors lightly: she expected them to do a full day's work," writes Falconer, and the same could be said of her novel itself. Metaphors here are meant to be taken quite literally; clouds take on double and triple symbolic duty, but they also literally "soak into the pores" of her characters' skin, "improving its texture and the quality of our blood." In fact, Falconer's metaphors do the full day's work of both characterization and plot, and at times, that load is too much to bear. The prose is magical, but it is also sometimes frustratingly abstract. No matter: Katoomba itself is vivid, and the novel's language dazzling--even when it leaves the reader standing on less than solid ground.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780330360272
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0330360272
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Publishing year: 2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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ISBN/EAN: 0330360272

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