An Elegant Young Man

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by Luke Carman

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2013

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 ALS GOLD MEDAL

For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flash-point of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature.

Luke Carman's first book of fiction changes all that: a collection of monologues and stories which tells it how it is on Australia's cultural frontier. His young, self-conscious but determined hero navigates his way through the complications of his divorced family, and an often perilous social world, with its Fobs, Lebbbos, Greek, Serbs, Grubby Boys and scumbag Aussies, friends and enemies.

He loves Whitman and Kerouac, Leonard Cohen and Henry Rollins, is awkward with girls, and has an invisible friend called Tom. His neighbour Wessam tells him he should write a book called How to Be Gay - and now he has.

Carman's style is packed with thought and energy: it captures the voices of the street, and conveys fear and anger, beauty and affection, with a restless intensity.

"An Elegant Young Man is street poetry for contemporary Sydney, and it demonstrates what is most exciting and innovative in Australia's emerging writers." - Sydney Morning Herald review

Winner of the UTS Glenda Adams award for new writing at the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

ISBN:
9781922146458
9781922146458
Category:
Short stories
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-11-2013
Publisher:
Giramondo Publishing Co
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
172
Dimensions (mm):
150x170mm

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  • Youth revisited

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    Do you remember your rebellious teens? The years of drinking in parks, or maybe discussing big ideas on a uni campus lawn? Do you recall the rough nights out on the town? The friends you perhaps should never have made? Or the chances at love you failed to pursue? Luke Carman has provided us with some really great stories that tap into that nostalgia and paint a really true account of growing up in Australia today. Each tale is a vignet into a different upbringing and background that mirrors the diverse Australian landscape. Really great writing.

  • Great Sydney book

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    Loved this book set in Western Sydney. Luke Carmen is an author to watch!