30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account (Writer and the City)
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Peter Carey captures our imagination with a brilliant and unexpected portrait of Sydney. In the midst of the 2000 Olympic games, Australia native Peter Carey returns to Sydney after a seventeen-year absence. Examining the urban landscape as both a tourist and a prodigal son, Carey structures his account around the four elements-- Earth, Air, Fire, and Water-- insisting on the primacy of nature to this unique Australian cityscape. As his quixotic account unfolds, Carey looks both inward into his past (as well as Sydney's own violent history) and outward onto the city's familiar landmarks and surroundings-- the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Blue Mountains-- achieving just the right alchemy to tell Sydney's extraordinary story.
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to the hook of his handline it was obvious just how relieved he was. Anyway, he said, we'll get a kingfish. He stood, balancing easily, and cast out a good fifteen yards to where the slick of tuna oil had not yet reached. You could talk to Kelvin and Sheridan. Those fellows are always getting into strife. They'll tell you stories. It's not the strife I'm interested in. The strife is just a way to show how the city is elemental. Earth is an element, he said, seating himself on the aft thwart.
a gifted athlete but also very pretty. She was perfect. She was us, the new Australia. Then suddenly the old Australia showed its face, rearing up from deep in the CBD. Yianna Souleles was bumped. In her place would be . . . Kevan Gosper's eleven-year-old daughter. Sophie Gosper, said the Sydney Morning Herald, is too young by one year to run with the torch in Australia, but was invited by the Greeks to participate in their ten-day relay. And how did that happen? SOCOG chief executive Sandy
there was in the over-grazed paddock was not immediately obvious. Stuff to carry, he said. I was soon loaded up with wine bottles and books and a very bloody leg of lamb around which the flies immediately clustered. Where's the cave? It's here. Now I followed Sheridan's broad back through a landscape quite unlike the one I had expected. Mind you, it suited him. It was a perfect habitat for an old hippie -plenty of sedge, thriving blackberry patch with wattles growing through its centre,
mugs. Sheridan, how do you know that? Sheridan placed the brimming coffee on the table. He's my friend too, he said reproachfully. I talked to him. You want some of this lamb before we leave? I shook my head and Sheridan, having carved himself one final bloody slice, threw the remainder into a plastic bag. Jack's going to tell you the story, he announced. You're meeting him at Bar Coluzzi for lunch. You better move your arse if you plan on getting back to town in time. Ten minutes later we