BUSHFIRE by Allan Aldous


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Relocating and fitting emigrant Greeks in among native Aussies with prejudice from the ignorant, help from the Good Neighbor Council, and a plot without surprises or conviction. Snowy Patchett's father resents Perry (Pericles) Kalnapoleou's father for not helping him put out a fire (a major down-under menace), but it is really his attitude toward ""boongs"" (not pure whites) that has Patchett pitching barbs and threats. To clear his father's name Perry starts a fire so Mr. Kalnapoleou can put it out, then confesses rather than see suspect Patchett prosecuted. Not surprisingly, a major bushfire enables the newcomers to rescue the natives and lay the foundation for melting pot friendship. Perry's agonized thoughts and sentences are merely ponderous (and unnaturally grammatical), the rest is a contrived brigade of viewpointed speakers.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Criterion