Homesickness, Murray Bail's brilliant first novel, won the 1980 National Book Council Award and the Age Book of the Year Award.
Thirteen men and women, married and single, happy and sad, visit various countries and museums, hotels and shops. They are like tourists anywhere, except that wherever they go-Africa, England, South America, New York or Russia-they find nothing is as it seems. Challenged by unexpected propositions, differences and subtleties of life and history, Bail's tourists are in turn repelled, attracted, altered.
'Bail is one of the very few highly accomplished stylists among contemporary writers.' Sydney Morning Herald
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Review: Homesickness: A NovelUser Review - Mark - Goodreads
I love a good story, but I didn't find one in this book. The premise is brilliant, the characters are interesting and the observations are uncomfortably real, but there's no story or character ... Read full review
Review: Homesickness: A NovelUser Review - Sharon - Goodreads
This book had a very good review in the NY Times Book Review. It won a couple of Australian book awards. I'm sure it's a good book, I just had trouble getting into it. The writing seemed very dry to me. I made it to about page 16 and then skimmed other parts. Read full review