The Drowner

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Penguin Group Australia, Sep 3, 2001 - Fiction - 326 pages
In the warm alkaline waters of the public bath a headstrong young engineer accidentally collides with a beautiful actress. From this innocent collision of flesh begins a passion that takes them from the Wiltshire Downs to the most elemental choices of life and death in the Australian desert. Their intense romance is but part of the daring story that unfolds. Mingling history, myth and technology with a modern cinematic and poetic imagination, Robert Drewe presents a fable of European ambitions in an alien landscape, and a magnificently sustained metaphor of water as the life-and-death force.

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As carefully composed as a period photograph, Australian writer Drewe (author of six previous novels, none issued here) frames the love story at the heart of this generally well-rendered tale with ... Read full review

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In Drewe's (Savage Crows, Salem House, 1989) historical novel of Australia, Will Dance is an engineer in the 1880s, descended from a line of "drowners"--men who irrigate dry lands. While at the public ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Robert Drewe is the author of seven novels, four books of short stories, two memoirs, six other works of non-fiction and two plays. His work has been widely translated, and adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.

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