Welcome to the Maribyrnong Library Book Club

Love to read? Love sharing your ideas about books and writing? Then you've come to the right place.

This blog is an extension of our book groups which we welcome you to attend on the first Tuesday of each month.

Contact Maureen on 9688 0290 for more information.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Trout Opera – Matthew Condon

It took ten years for Condon to write The Trout Opera.  The story focuses primarily on the lives of Wilfred Lamp, a 100 year old man who has lived his life on the Snowy River, and his great niece, Aurora Beck, a young woman struggling to create a new life for herself after escaping her junkie boyfriend.  

A multitude of secondary characters also have stories to tell in this novel and Condon takes the time to do service to these stories also.  The non-linear narrative jumps between characters and time periods without damaging the flow of the story.

The story is more than a whimsical history lesson however, Aurora’s junkie boyfriend is hunting her down and the drug culture is portrayed with disturbing realism.  All in all, The Trout Opera is a book that captures some of the simple highs and extreme lows of humanity and life.

No comments:

Post a Comment