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mobi ↠ doc The Year of the Beast 9781460757697 Free µ Steven Carroll ¸ [Reading] ➶ The Year of the Beast Author Steven Carroll – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 'He is one of the best we've ever had' Geraldine BrooksOne of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns wit'He is one of the best we've ever had' Geraldine BrooksOne of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns with a powerful novel that goes back to the very beginning of the story to bring his sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent closeMelbourne 1917 the times are tumultuous the city is in the grip of a kind of madness The Great War is raging and it is the time of the hotly contested I am a longtime fan of Steven Carroll and this gorgeous book can be either the beginning or ending to the Glenroy series either way it fits beautifullyCarroll's short lyrical sentences pack such a descriptive powerful and evocative punch Despite being set in such a tumultuous time in Melbourne despite the emphasis on war killing political disruption the insensitiveness of human beings to one another this is a story of such hope and promiseI want to be Maryanne strong brave and independent it's the bearing

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Gets urgent by the day whether to give her child up for adoption as the Church insists she does or to keep her child and face an uncertain futureA powerful novel of a time a city and a woman The Year of the Beast is Steven Carroll at his best A rhythmic insistent and pulsing novel that tells a compelling story of mothers families and what it means to be an individual standing against the surge of the cro Never in my wildest dreams would I claim to be capable of wordsmithery to the finely honed marvel of literary excellence that Steven Carroll presents to the Australian reading public doing so for several decades now His ‘Glenroy’ series; his novels revolving around TS Eliot have been a mainstay in my own book perusing life for uite a while with one of the above titles inspiring a little scribing of my own ‘A New England Affair’ tells part of the history of the aforementioned poet’s both restrained yet tumultuous private life – that of his longstanding and unconsummated relationship with fellow American Emily Hale In it we encounter both his wives as well – the first being Vivienne Haigh Wood Marrying her in haste was largely the best way he could see to dispose of his virginity His second spouse Valerie wedded him in his later life She finally gave him some private bliss and sexual satisfaction She was only touched on in the novel but I was fascinated that Valerie was around forty years his junior What was her motivation in marrying such an ageing beau – was she a gold digger for fame by association andor financial security or was there genuine love in the mix? I turned to the ether to find out and discovered it seems to have been the latter I was able to flesh her out a tad and produced a blog piece entitled ‘Gap’ as a result stevelovellidau20190323gap This revolved around her life with perhaps the greatest poet of last century mixed in with a tale of a retired teacher and a salesperson from Kaboodle If you’re so inclined please do read it – but it does contain prose that is a little spicyIn ‘A New England Affair’ we encounter Miss Hale at age 74 when she has retreated into her inner person the outcome of her final rejection years before by Tom Eliot She is making a journey of significance by ketch out to the Dry Salvages a notorious rock formation off her country’s North East coast It is of importance to her because of a halcyon period she spent with her man of letters back in the day in the area She takes this journey with an ageing seafarer at the helm; a journey to dispose of memories; a journey fraught with danger as there’s a storm a brewing Over the course of making the crossing she casts her mind back to those days when she had hopes as well as to those when she had none; to when her dream was shattered There were two moments when she could have possibly had what she wanted so she reappraises those and what might have been The problem was that their sameness got in the way Both were socially withdrawn – unable to adeuately communicate their real feelings Eliot was hampered by his faith and of course later on by a wife he had little affection for but much guilt because of He did go on to find Valerie; Hale went on to shrivelMore cerebral reviewers than I have pointed to allusions in the book to verses in his poetry as well as to the works of Henry James and Jane Austen I can’t claim to be nearly that savvy It was the waste of almost but not uite two lives that got to me One was renewed by a less corseted younger woman with that taking me to another placeAnother of Carroll’s tomes had been sitting on my shelves for some time – it was in fact one of the six works of fiction from his examination of the Yarra City suburb of ‘Glenroy’ With supposedly the final offering of those being released in early ‘19 I decided I’d better tackle this one tooIn 1946 Sidney Nolan painted one of the author’s forebears Katherine Carroll The artist had read a newspaper report of a woman living on the fringes of the city in a manner long past His take on her became the painting ‘Woman and Tent’ Carroll weaves her story into both ‘Spirit of Progress’ and that sixth publication ‘The Year of the Beast’ The earlier novel also features ‘The Art of the Engine Driver’s’ first in the series engine driver Vic his wife Rita a Nolanesue dauber in Sam and a journalist George He is the reporter who has discovered a strange older woman living in a tent with few of the modern amenities by then taken for granted Sam is in love with an art gallery owner who unfortunately for him is just out of reach prompting him to consider being part of the diaspora of arty types back to the Mother Country Meanwhile a solitary farmer by whose land Katherine is camped develops some feelings for her becoming to an extent her keeper And on the fringes lurks a developer a portent of the Melbourne to comeIt’s an enthralling read as is the last of the one’s focusing on this part of the city but one that takes us from the 1940s back to the conscription debates of the Great War The normally sedate metropolis is in turmoil with the seething masses of protesters for and against filling the streets Here we again encounter a younger Katherine as a stern and religious sister to Maryanne a single mother to be with the older woman doing her best to assist in the final stages of her pregnancy Maryanne has already lost her teaching job because of her dalliance with the child’s father and when word gets out that he is a small town draper of German extraction she loses her community standing as well You can imagine how all that goes down back then In the mix is a footballer who falls from grace as well in a city awash with anti Hun sentiment shades of today’s antipathy in some uarters to those who follow the Islamic faith He’s suspected of spying for the enemy whereas it is another secret he is harbouring Milhaus is assisted by an unexpected ally in Maryanne in his unburdening of it Then we have Father Geoghan on a god’s mission to save Maryanne from herselfAt some stage I must do an audit of what I’ve read of Carroll’s writings and try to fill in the gaps so I can boast I have consumed all of his oeuvre But never fear – each book can be read as a stand alone such is the writer’s skill But with the six books on the one ‘burb and the three that has Eliot involved Carroll has created his own ‘beast’ I also loved his earlier works from late last century ‘Remember Me Jimmy James’ and ‘The Love Story of Lucy McBride’ If you too decide to slip into some Steven Carroll I feel confident he will enchant and engross

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The Year of the BeastSecond conscription referendum Fights are raging on the streets rallies for 'YES' and 'NO' facing off against each other on opposing corners Men women and children jostling brawling fighting and spittingThrough these streets walks Maryanne forty years old unmarried and seven months pregnant These are uncertain dangerous times for a woman in her position And she is facing a difficult choice a choice which The Year of the Beast Harper Collins 2019 is the concluding episode of author Steven Carroll’s epic Glenroy series; the series as a whole covers the decades from 1917 to 1977 and The Year of the Beast – although published last – is actually the beginning of the story Set in Melbourne in 1917 during the year of the referendum for conscription the beast of the title is a kind of grasping wild tumultuous rabid uncontrollable madness that has the city – and in fact the whole country – in its grip Soldiers are dying white feathers are being left on the doorsteps of those who are not fighting the church is trying valiantly to keep hold of its moral authority women are beginning to rise up to have their voices heard Change is in the air At the centre of the story is 40 year old Maryanne seven months pregnant and unmarried Those who have read the other Glenroy books in the series will know Maryanne as an historical figure an ancestor from a photo or from family stories But in this book her own story is revealed The past and the present are nicely balanced by the occasional reference by Carroll to characters such as Michael and Vic Maryanne’s descendants who feature in other books in the series The image of a gleaming jet plane crossing the sky is completely out of place in Maryanne’s 1917 world and yet prescient for the life that will come for those who outlive her The central issue of the story is that Maryanne must face the wrath of the church which wants her to give up her unborn child into the care of the nuns and therefore cleanse the child’s soul from sin although Maryanne herself will remain stained or to choose to bring the child up herself with only her sister Katherine for support This book captures the societal norms of the time reflected by the situation of one woman struggling against the odds The Year of the Beast is very introspective providing a constant stream of consciousness dialogue from Maryanne about her own intimate life her circumstances the cultural mood of the time and the push and pull of those in power and those who confront and challenge them But while the novel does capture this period of history I found many of Maryanne’s actions and her general demeanour at times implausible and difficult to believe The phrase ‘the male gaze’ kept running through my mind as I was reading; I couldn’t uite put my finger on why but something about this heavily pregnant woman didn’t ring true for me This is only the second Glenroy book I have read out of six; perhaps with the benefit of reading the others my opinion would change or soften In any event Steven Carroll is one of Australia’s well known authors and his work does provide a compelling narrative of the individual against the crowd and the passing of legacies from one generation to the next and it places in perspective the passage of time and the transience of one human life when set against the backdrop of history