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S a composer Vesper who had met Holberg during his less renowned period gives up an engineering career to serve the great man in a sense to become his eye What a pleasure it is to read this witty intelligent bookSeehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200

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The Acolyte

Berg Beginning in obscurity as a piano player in Grogbusters a dreary little ueensland town the blind Holberg eventually gains international recognition a The problem with literature is that you have to concentrate so hard to try to fathom what the author is actually saying it becomes a task rather than a pleasureThere are far interesting books that reuire concentration to read ie non fiction and far easier and pleasurable books to read ie novels

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It is told in the first person by “the acolyte” Paul Vesper The novel traces the career of a fictional Australian musician and composer named Jack Hol Shockingly I d never read any Thea Astley until I read The Acolyte I felt guilty about having not done so sure but it wasn t until I was at a loose end and needed a book uickly that a hasty grab from a bag of books rescued from the last days sale of a cavernous bookstore brought it to my attention And boy am I glad that chance brought me in contact with the story of Paul Vesper the titular acolyte of blind and fictional composer and pianist Jack Holberg Because it makes me feel a lot better about my own creative inertia frankly Interestingly the book a Miles Franklin winner was apparently written as a response to Patrick White s The Vivisector Where that work focuses on the creative journ


9 thoughts on “The Acolyte

  1. says:

    Shockingly I’d never read any Thea Astley until I read The Acolyte I felt guilty about having not done so sure but it wasn’t until I was at a loose end and needed a book uickly that a hasty grab from a bag of books rescued from the last d

  2. says:

    #AWW2018 Winner Miles Franklin Award 1972 #Classic Strong point clever metaphors allusions to music Catholic rituals and history poetry Half the fun is trying to find all these ‘gems’ hidden in the text Weak point ch 3 and ch 7 where the story begins to drag and feels stretched but just keep on reading REVIEW

  3. says:

    So disappointing This was incredibly dated after wading through complex yet meaningless turgid prose for a couple of hours I abandoned after 50 pages the book euivalent of a hair shirt Slow boring barely comprehensible pretentious Read her great books like Drylands or A Kindness Cup

  4. says:

    The problem with literature is that you have to concentrate so hard to try to fathom what the author is actually saying it becomes a task rather than a pleasureThere are far interesting books that reuire concentration to read ie non fiction and far easier and pleasurable books to read ie novels

  5. says:

    Astley writes marvellous rich and readable short novels and this is no exception Her poet's sensibility and her talent for storytelling fuse in this book that is a classic for reason

  6. says:

    I’d expected that at only 158 pages The Acolyte would offer a uick and relaxing read in between some heavy duty classics I was obviously unfamiliar with Thea Astley Australia’s most critically acclaimed female novelist winner of

  7. says:

    Ugh I hate all these people and begrudge them every second of my life that was spent on them I'll exclude Sadie from this review beca

  8. says:

    I went to Australia a couple months ago I got bit by a penguin which is maybe the highlight of my life Another highlight someone made a stuffed animal she calls them Grumps that looked like me complete with a little copy of On Subbing in its hands It was a totally amazing trip but there were a couple lowlights1 I saw a band that so egregiously ripped off the Promise Ring I felt embarrassed for them;2 I saw a Borat impersonator for whom I

  9. says:

    What a pleasure it is to read this witty intelligent bookSeehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200

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