Barry Hill has written a maverick, daring, vulnerable and vigilant book for our times. This is a work that conveys a sense of place but also placelessness – situated fully within India and then Japan but also always in transition between the two and in conversation with an Australia represented in part by a departed father and his departed ideals. In some respects it is a simple thing to review a book like this. Irresistibly quotable, it reviews itself. And so I will, repeatedly, quote from it.
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