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Simpson Returns

Wayne Macauley


Text Publishing Company

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


144 pages

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Ninety years after they were thought to have died heroically in the Great War, the stretcher-bearer Simpson and his donkey journey through country Victoria, performing minor miracles and surviving on offerings left at war memorials. They are making their twenty-ninth, and perhaps final, attempt to find the country's famed Inland Sea.

On the road north from Melbourne, Simpson and his weary donkey encounter a broke single mother, a suicidal Vietnam veteran, a refugee who has lost everything, an abused teenager and a deranged ex-teacher. These are society's downtrodden, whom Simpson believes can be renewed by the healing waters of the sea.

In Simpson Returns, Wayne Macauley sticks a pin in the balloon of our national myth. A concise satire of Australian platitudes about fairness and egalitarianism, it is timely, devastating and witheringly funny.

By:   Wayne Macauley
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   160g
ISBN:   9781925773507
ISBN 10:   1925773507
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wayne Macauley is a highly acclaimed novelist whose works include Some Tests, Demons, The Cook, Caravan Story and Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe. He lives in Brunswick, Melbourne

'Macauley's novels are consistently savage critiques of Australian middle class delusions, and Simpson Returns is no exception. He brings considerable depth to his portrayal of our social fragility and the destructive all-pervasive darkness underneath. Simpson reflects at one point: There is always a certain amount of self-deceit necessary for the healthy maintenance of a society hell-bent on proving the sun shines out of its arse. A must read.' * Booknotes * `Macauley is a mean satirist with a gift for finding the queasy depths in apparently soft targets...Together, these characters form a mosaic of desperation, inequality and sometimes gendered violence...At the end of the novel...we're asking questions specific to this story, about how compassion works and what it really is. It's an unusual renewal of an ordinary myth, not always simple to interpret.' * Saturday Paper * `He makes readers feel uncomfortable, unsettled in the everyday; one emerges from his books freshly uncertain.' * Lifted Brow * `Macauley has published some of the most memorable fiction going in this country.' * Age * `Wayne Macauley is an Australian original.' * Saturday Paper * `Macauley's use of an other-worldly narrative to bring real-world problems into focus is probably one of Simpson Returns' greatest strengths...[It] becomes a fitting analogy for the particularly cruel Australia in which we currently live. Macauley's novella has the sheen of a comedy, but it should also be given credit for being so uncomfortably sad.' * Readings Monthly *

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