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After graduating at the University of Queensland, where he also spent two years teaching, he decided to move to Great Britain, where he lectured in London and Birkenhead, and was schoolmaster of St. He also lived in Tuscany, Italy, untilwhere he became a professional writer. Back in his country, he taught English at the University of Sidney and devoted to writing. After so many years of intensive erudite work, he is considered to be one of the finest present Australian writers, and he has won a lot of prestigious literary awards [2] worldwide.

One of his best novels, Remembering Babylonwas shortlisted for ? His vast literary career also covers the publishing of non-fiction, three opera libretti malkuf, some dramas, short stories, and his autobiography, 12 Edmonstyone Street Malohf special mention deserves his vast lyrical work, as he is well-known as a poet after bringing out seven poetry books [3]and an anthology of Australian verse, Gesture of a Handwhich would definitely be worthy of a more careful comment in another kind of university assignment.

In spite of receiving? The Age Book of the Year Award? Some reviewers do point out, though, that the writer tried to show in this novel [4] that English in the distant Australian land was experiencing a process of self-definition, peteg even redefinition of the self, in its individual and social aspects. We believe that Malouf is urgently asking for a new Australian voice, which has a lot to say, as far as both the world affairs and the literary tradition of the common language are concerned.

David Malouf wrote a wonderful piece of literature, which introduces a great deal of issues petrr easily capture the readers? As far as patriotism is concerned, Malouf draws a very negative view, as he wants to show its ominous consequences on people? We do find a collision of worlds, which takes us from peaceful rural Australia to bloody Europe. The writer wants to portray the transformation of the characters, depending on their particular settings.

Malouf is willing to play with language all the time, in order to give life to a rich plot full of opposites, so that he can contrast people?

The readers are supposed to understand and learn from the fight between these diametrically opposed ideals, behaviours, situations and circumstances: Freedom vs determination, peace vs war, nature vs devastation; settlement vs migration, and time present vs time past. Some reviewers [5] point out that Malouf? We understand the themes of the novel through the growth of the characters?

In this way, we should learn from the humanist philosophy that teaches us that the person is unique and life is very precious.

Even though the human existence seems to be influenced by destiny, a mysterious power that is strong enough to command our movements and feelings, and lets them be beyond control. At this point, human identity becomes definitely vital, and the fact that the novel includes men from different social classes and the controversial way they fall into the war, questions terribly the real meaning of life.

Just to finish with this short introductory comment, which has allowed me to introduce diverse significant ideas and matters, I need to say I? The questioning of time is highly present in Fly away Peter. We want to believe that the past is not obliterated, that the past is not erased, that somehow it? And one of the things that has changed utterly, say, in this country, in the way we do things, is we do now think,?

What will happen years from now? Because we have become at last aware of what a long time years of the past is.

And I think that since we have a way of positioning ourselves, positioning the present as something that fully contains the past or as much of it as you can drag up and make real, imagine, be aware of; but that also contains the future. I think that is something you come to as you get older. We shall start by stating again that David Malouf?


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Even though our existence appears to be in many ways extremely similar to an exhausting? Moreover, social relationships too easily become a rather outstanding part of ourselves.

Thus, we must keep in mind all the time that we are social creatures, who don? We do belong then to the society we live in, which undoubtedly controls our movements and shapes our personalities. Furthermore, some controversial political decisions can totally ruin our lives.

This is certainly what happened to Jim Sadler, the main protagonist of the story. The author drew a complete journey through Jim? He highly appreciates the role of every single bird, as maloif are free creatures who enjoy their environment as they don?

This private world of his keeps him utterly away from any of the external conflicts. Even though it was not a locked door with no key. All in a sudden, he realizes he has neither a close friend nor anybody to truly rely on. This shocking discovery will force a quick opening to the real frightening world, which is full of difficulties rather maloug to him so far.

Thus, a new challenge appears before him, as quick as lightning, which will make him start a new race that is not going to be easy for him at all: His naive relationship with Ashley and Imogen is based on their mutual passion for nature. It is the only way we can understand it, as they come from different social classes.

We, the readers, can appreciate at once this strong link, which makes them feel really special. They learn to love one to another, because they have found out that they have got the same sensations and, as a result, feel mutually understood.

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The following paragraph [7] is just one of the large number of examples we can find in the novel about Jim? Actually, birds become good teachers for him, as they are intelligent enough to know all their steps at the precise time, as they never mistake their way. He was watching a sandpiper in a patch of marshy bank, one of the little wood sandpipers that appear each summer and come, most of them, from Northern Asia or Scandinavia, nesting away at the top of the world on the tundras or in the Norwegian snows and making their long way south.

It amazed him this. That he could be watching, on a warm day in November, with the sun scorching his back, the earth pricking below and the whole landscape dazzling and shrilling, a creature that only weeks ago had been on the other side of the earth and had found its way here across all the cities of Asia, across lakes, deserts, valleys between high mountain ranges, across oceans without a single guiding mark, to light on just this bank and enter the round frame of his binoculars.

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It goes without saying, that the bird sanctuary becomes a sacred place for the three of them. Bird-watching allows them to get a very special state of mind, as they were badly looking for quietness and beauty. Ashley and Imogen are certainly significant factors in Jim? They play a part in his final understanding and affirmation of self. However they are not the sole deciding factors. He also learns from the criticism of his father and the bullying of Wizzer.

In his father, Jim sees a possible mirror that could well reflect what Jim will become if he doesn?

Through Wizzer, Jim becomes aware of his own capacity for black anger. Wizzer is significant because of what he reveals to Jim of his own character. The confrontation bring out another side to Jim. Wizzer is in fact doing him a favour in terms of personal growth, but Jim doesn? At this point, we should get in touch again with opposites. This time we are forced to analyze both sides of the same coin: Jim has to learn from hard criticism, too.


Life is not so blue, and there are a lot of dark shadows over his head.

I am sure, Jim himself would enjoy reading these last poetic sentences. Criticism against poetry bursts cly as a new fight in his private thrilling world.

He no longer lives alone. He has already experienced rejection and affection. He has to learn to grow on his own, as his life is worth by itself not just as davix result of his contact with friends and relatives. The former reviewer also mentions that a new and crucial journey is going to take place in his life, this time on a personal level: A realisation of his core being and a coming to terms with his place in the world. Maloyf is no one else?

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Rather, Jim acknowledges maluof need to extend his knowledge of life in the face of the inevitable changes war will bring. Jim felt he had to go to war,? This self-admission that his quest for understanding was entirely up to him stands awat contrast to the belief that flj understanding of self was achieved solely by his contact with others.

At fl end of the story, after so many changes and sufferings, Jim becomes a completely new man. He has had all kind of experiences, all of which have helped him to fulfil his long journey in search of his own self. He already knows what reality is like, and seems to know perfectly petdr his place in the society is.

However, unfortunately, it is too late for him. Human cruelty has got rid of him. Malouf himself admits [9] that he is very interested in endings, malluf he always knows what the ending will be. He has built this time, davdi he is said to have done in many other novels [10]a mythic figure, who is going to experience all kind of contradictions, and who is going to keep completely the readers?

We shall read his own words: I like very much, for example, to begin with characters who look like stereotypes, and then slowly, as the novel goes on, complicate those characters or make them so contradictory that not only do they escape from the stereotype they appear to be in but they question altogether whether the notion of stereotype has any existence except in the way in which we read or misread or lazily misread what is there.

In the same kind of way I do quite like setting up expectations which are not going to be fulfilled. The first time was Robert Hughes, who published a very interesting book about the people, history, language, traditions, leisure and political institutions of the city of Barcelona.

Although in the davod decades there have been a great deal of pwter reviewers and intellectuals who have taken an interest in Australian Literature, most of these writers are still quite unknown in Catalonia, as not many of their novels have been translated into our language, and the original versions in English are difficult to find, too.

This is definitely shocking to us, as the English language is their literary tool. Besides, nowadays there are quite a few thinkers, writers and poets from different former British colonies, or even others who were born in the British Isles but with colonial family roots, who are said to have a strong influence on most British and American authors. I must say, it? It is always interesting to know how a conflict like this affects a whole country and its people, and analyzing the different attitudes to cope with it.

The writer pteer us wonder about the meaning of delicate themes such as patriotism, friendship, nature, ideals and maliuf passions, all of which have a lot to do with life itself. He introduces so many matters to build a vivid story, where lots of things happen.

Their vision of the world totally collapses, as they experience the horror of life and the disappearance of beauty.