For fourteen-year-old Josh Plowman, Ryan Creek, the country town that was settled by his great-grandfather, is a jungle compared to the city life he's used to. During his three-day visit his encounters with the young people of Ryan Creek move inexorably from mutual bewilderment and confusion to an explosion of violence.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2005
Publisher Hand Print
ISBN 1932425365 ISBN13 9781932425369
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More About Ivan Southall
Ivan Southall was born in Melbourne and grew up in the suburb of Surrey Hills. He started writing his first book when he was 14 and by the age of 20 had written four books, three of which were revised and published after World War II. During the war Southall served in the RAAF, based in England. At the end of the war he worked in England as a war historian for the RAAF. On his return to Australia he became a full-time writer, supplementing his income from farming his property in the Dandenong Ranges. Since 1950 he has written about 60 books, mostly for young people, and his books have been translated and published in 23 languages.
Into the churning mind of angst-ridden adolescence Jul 22, 2008
Josh Plowman is fourteen years old and visiting Ryan Creek, the town founded by his great grandfather for the first time. He stays with his Aunt Clara, considered to be the Plowman family matriarch. While meeting an exacting relative is formidable enough, he also has to contend with the youth of Ryan Creek, who seem to be bent on condemning and shaming him for whatever he may do or not do.
The book description says that "mutual bewilderment" arose from the encounter between Josh and the people of Ryan Creek. But for this reader, it was a three-way confusion. Was the book trying to say that small town hicks could not tolerate people who were different, like poets and dreamers? Or was it that big city snobbish sissy boys took the world too seriously and could never understand the simple, hardworking folk, the salt of the earth?
At the very least, the book conveyed to me very clearly why I never want go back to teenagerhood. The story is written from a very closed Josh-point-of-view that even the sentence patterns seem to careen across the page with only verbs and no nouns nor pronouns to drive them. The effect, while exciting and dynamic, conveying the churning mind of angst-ridden adolescence , gave me a headache and made me want to shout, "WHOA! You need some tranquilizers, boy!"
Though I won't read it again, I would say this book deserved its award. Any teenager who feels maltreated and misunderstood by the world and wondering why people can compromise their principles just as easily as changing underwear, will see themselves in Josh. This is for you, young dreamers, book-readers, poets - all you social outcasts!