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Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright, a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria, is an Australian writer. Her novel Carpentaria won the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize.


The Swan Book: Moments of brilliance, but never engaged me (Did Not Finish)

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

I really wanted to like The Swan Book by Alexis Wright. I mean, it has so many elements I would usually find enticing by themselves or a few at a time, let alone all at once: magical realism, non-linear structure, multiple POVs, moments of high-flying lyricism, biting wit and satire, dystopia, sharp dialogue, a social conscience. But man, did I struggle with this one from just about the beginning. But I kept going. Like I said, all those elements. Plus, rave reviews and awards — those people couldn’t all be wrong, right? And there absolutely were early moments of sheer brilliance, enough so that I kept going, sure I would soon turn the corner and fall in love with it. Sure that the moments would turns into pages then into chapters. And I’d look back and think, “Silly me, what was I worried about?”

So I persevered on my trusty Kindle. Ten p... Read More