Praise. “Confirm[s] Malouf’s stature as a writer of the very first order.”–The Boston Book Review “Recalls the best work of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf. Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, ” “Dream Stuff reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the. Complete summary of David Malouf’s Dream Stuff. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dream Stuff.

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Other editions – View all Dream Stuff: Like all creative people, I suppose he can’t always produce good work.

A review of David Malouf’s Dream Stuff

This book has a mysterious, poetic, and yet confusing writing style. Mar 06, William rated it really liked it.

Sally Trudgen rated it really liked it Jul 05, David Malouf uses life in Australia as a major theme in his work, with much of his fiction recreating his childhood in Brisbane. The main protagonists in the stories vary – a young child, an old man, several women – and all are evoked with skill and beauty. Malouf draws on the awareness of the ephemerality of all things exemplified by dreams.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

A desire to reach back in time, back to some place which may have never existed, except in our dreams and the self-created impressions of the moments we have lived, which are already gone. The rhythm of walking subdues rationality with all its familiar linkages and opens new possibilities.

There are other stories however, where something does happen, and in that moment the natural world is disturbed, turned into something surreal, the reality turning into nightmare, as in Lone Pine, where a couple stops for a night on their first real trip, only to become the victims of a terrible and random crime.


They are relatively common tales. Feb 14, Liz rated it liked it. Dec 11, Pages Buy. I wonder how he perceived me, getting a good look to see if it was indeed the famous and beloved author.

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It’s a nice story with many mmalouf meanings and with an insigh on how many families function today, not only the ‘crazy Pentacostals’. The 9 stories here all have a strong eleme This is my introduction to David Malouf.

I no longer cared about the characters whose lives were dissected across the pages. In these nine beautiful and often brutal stories set in his native Australia, Malouf Remembering Babylon; The Great World, and more describes a precarious world in which the imagination, through The story Dream Stuff ends with a dream which remembers for Colin, a writer returning, famous, to his hometown, Brisbane, the ending of a childhood experience of being with his dog as it was dying in the shadows under his home.

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Aug 22, Joslyn rated it liked it Shelves: In the end, against all the bizarreness of life with its connections and disconnections, fate and chance, and the presence of death, Malouf finds a point of acceptance.

Not that the new possibility comes drema of nowhere. Malouf has the ability in a few paragraphs to evoke a landscape or a scenario and develop a character or a relationship. What effect does mindless violence have on people?


Some of the stories are very good, while others are actually boring. Malouf cleverly uses the Australian way of unspoken-ness to evoke some of the big issues he wishes to explore. He has also written the libretto for Richard Meale’s opera, “Voss.

Quotes from Dream Stuff: The stories are engaging, often unusual, and always harking back to an earlier era. I maloud able to have a quick taste of urban Australia, rural, mid-century, contemporary, adult, child, dark, lyrical In the dream he knows he stayed with his dog until it died and only then took the hand which leads him back to the upper world of sunshine.

The various settings in this collection range across years of Australian life, as it says in the blurb. View all 3 comments. This is my introduction to David Malouf.

I ,alouf the stories. It comes from a virtue that is little recognised: He had long understood that one of his selves, the earliest and most vulnerable, had never left this place, and this original and clearest view of things could be recovered only through what had first come to him in the glow of its ordinary light and weather A missing father, a missing uncle, a missing place.

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I think an overall rating would be a four out of five. But about half-way through, I became bored. Jonathan Mustard rated it liked it Jul 21,