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Wake in Fright #2020

Wake in Fright Filmed as The OutbackThe Film Ink series presents the novels that inspired the work of some of the most celebrated directors of our time While each novel is first and foremost a classic in its own rig

  • Title: Wake in Fright
  • Author: Kenneth Cook
  • ISBN: 9781853754821
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wake in Fright By Kenneth Cook, Filmed as The OutbackThe Film Ink series presents the novels that inspired the work of some of the most celebrated directors of our time While each novel is first and foremost a classic in its own right, these books offer the dedicated cinephile a richer understanding of the most illustrious films of American and European cinema Wake In Fright was first published in 1961Filmed as The OutbackThe Film Ink series presents the novels that inspired the work of some of the most celebrated directors of our time While each novel is first and foremost a classic in its own right, these books offer the dedicated cinephile a richer understanding of the most illustrious films of American and European cinema Wake In Fright was first published in 1961 and the film version, The Outback, starring Donald Pleasance was released in 1971 Both the book and the film have achieved a cult status as the Australian answer to US and UK novels and films of 1960s youthful alienation It is the gruelling story of a young Australian schoolteacher on his way back from the outback to Sydney and civilization when things start to go wrong He finds himself stuck overnight in Bundanyabba, a rough outback mining town An ill advised and drink fuelled visit to a gambling den leaves Grant broke and he realizes he has no way of escaping He descends into a cycle of hangovers, fumbling sexual encounters, and increasing self loathing as he becomes and immersed in the grotesque and surreal nightmare that his life has become.

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    1. John Grant s quiet pleasure at the thought of six weeks away from the dust, the heat and the flies of being away from the tiny community where he taught a few students of being in Sydney at the beautiful beaches, relaxing and getting the dust out of his system was euphoric As he locked the school doors he was smiling the journey on the train to Bundanyabba where he was only staying the night before flying to Sydney was imminent He was on his way Yabba , as the locals called it, was bigger and be [...]

    2. In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non existent there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls and the people are saved from stark insanity by the one strong principle of progress that is ingrained for a thousand miles east, north, s [...]

    3. This short novel blew my mind Disturbing Funny Horrific Hypnotic Cinematic Addictive Reads like a David Lynch film written by the love child of Cormac McCarthy, J D Salinger and Patrick Hamilton Oh my god, I can t even tell you

    4. Gripping page turner about a rather annoying schoolteacher broke and burning up in an outback town The construction of this nightmare is sudden and brutal, as is the decline of our protagonist The storytelling is hypnotic, frightening for what it holds back than lets on Happy to recommend this dark gritty Aussie classic.

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    6. Wake In FrightI had imagined Kafka wakes up one morning and finds himself transported to the Australian outback in this novel by Kenneth Cook How would Kafka handle the change from his gloomy overcast world to the heat and blazing sunlight of this outback isolation Hell Sweat, dust and beer there s nothing else out here mate It is not Hell at all to the characters who inhabit this place, it is heaven The space, the light, the freedom to be yourself No one judges anyone One of the main key elemen [...]

    7. 4.5 sYoung, naive, clueless teacher John Grant travels from his remote school at Tiboonda to Bundanyabba thinly disguised Broken Hill for an overnight stay before he catches the plane to Sydney for the Christmas holidays Arriving late at night, he searches for a meal and a cold drink in the stifling December heat In the pub he gets dragged into the blokey male culture of the Yabba, which consists of drinking very large quantities of beer From there, the intoxicated Grant is taken to a two up sch [...]

    8. got sent this one cos the publishers want me to do some puff about it that may end up on the re release cover which i was hell stoked about as people will think im totes literary for being quoted on a book so i gotta think of something pithy to say feel free to throw me some suggestions i need big, unfamiliar words right now i got this a real menacing bastard of a book lean and terrifying im never going for a holiday to broken hill or wherever it was meant to be kenneth cole has constructed some [...]

    9. totally hypnotic I was equally fascinated and repulsed but this book demanded to be read to the very end.

    10. The story of John Grant, teaching in a three shanty town in the outback who yearns for the bright lights, women and beaches of Sydney During the school break he sets out for Sydney but ends up waylaid in the town of Bundanyabba, and his descent into a hell of his own making begins This is a powerful story, and packs an emotional wallop, a dark and sinister air pervades The writing is visual and descriptive You can see the heat haze coming off the land, feel the flies, the all pervasive dust and [...]

    11. Rural noir is big at the moment, if the interest in US writers like Donald Ray Pollock, Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell, is anything to go by.But while it is not be as well known, Kenneth Cook s 1961 novel Wake in Fight is as good as anything that s come out of the southern US, a searing story of masculinity, drinking and violence in regional Australia that still packs a punch today Fear of being trapped in the outback, as we call the vast expanse of harsh terrain that makes up the majority [...]

    12. If Summer of the Seventeenth Doll the movie was compromised beyond salvation by its attempts to Americanise it, Wake in Fright not only survived its international production team, but became, by all account a fine film which did justice to the book I m looking forward to finding a copy of it Apparently the rights were first bought with Dirk Bogarde in mind as the star perfect Although that didn t happen, one of my favourite English actors played the role of the doctor when the movie finally even [...]

    13. It might be fifty years since the novel appeared yet it retains its freshness, its narrative still compels, and its bleak vision still disquiets Cook can make us feel the heat, see the endless horizon, hear the sad singing on a little train as it traverses the monotonous plain Peter Temple, from the Introduction Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic Cook s prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last M J Hyland A classic novel which became a class [...]

    14. Third Read one day, off work, 4 3 16 But no, perhaps it would not do to tell a story about his adventures in the west.Yeah, yeah, Australia Australia Australia sure, that s where it s set And it s mostly men So, masculinity Yeah And sometimes heterosexual men come into physical contact with each other and look, if it s a fight in a pub, I ve been in those, out there, and I can tell you for sure that they were among the least erotic moments of my life, and it sure seemed the same for all other pa [...]

    15. I remember this film from years ago I can t be sure if it wasn t part of the Film Studies portion of my Year 10 English Anyway, I remembered too much of the film, because as I read through this, I knew what was coming next and I wanted to scream at John Grant for not doing the stupid thing he was about to do.Because this is exactly what you want to do A young man, drunk, making really dumb decisions based on what he sees around him Those early scenes are quite surreal and you are engaged in the [...]

    16. L g rement plus sombre que ce que je lis d habitude, mais int ressant et bien construit Il y a des non dits qui laissent place l interpr tation et la discussion, ce qui donne une bonne profondeur.

    17. I read this in two sittings I went into it blind without reading the blurb or any reviews which might give me an inkling about the content The story started out harmless enough school teacher John Grant can t wait to get out of his small town day job and back to Sydney but there was something about the writing which made me certain something horrible was going to happen I physically trembled while reading this Not because of the violence, but because I couldn t imagine this story having a hopefu [...]

    18. Widerwillige vier Sterne f r dieses Lost Weekend im Outback.Saufereien bis zum Suizid sind nicht so meine Liga, weder im wirklichen Leben noch in der Literatur In j ngeren Jahren habe ich aber mehr als einmal erfahren, an was f r Leute man so alles ger t, wenn man ohne Geld in einer fremden Stadt strandet Dabei hat der gl cklose Zocker Grant mit seinen Bekanntschaften und Gastgebern sogar verh ltnism igen Dusel, niemand will ihm was B ses, alle sind superfreundlich in Yabba, spendieren dem bankr [...]

    19. Kenneth Cook s Wake in Fright, first published in 1961, is a true Australian classic.Billed as the first outback horror story, it brims with menace and suspense In the introduction to this new Text Classics edition, Australian crime writer Peter Temple says it probably set Australian tourism back at least twenty years for the picture of outback life depicted here is a hellish and frightening one.It tells the story of a young school teacher who travels to a rough outback mining town called Bundan [...]

    20. Powerful is probably the most apt word here.He sat at his desk, wearily watching the children file out of the room, reflecting that, this term at least, it was reasonable to assume that none of the girls was pregnant.John Grant, a very young man from Sydney just out of university, has to work in a remote town as a teacher for three years to pay off the university debt He saves his money all year to fly back to Sydney, to civilization air conditioning, snooty people, unreachable pretty girls for [...]

    21. 2 toiles et demi Pas la lecture la plus joviale, hein Mais cause de la description, je m attendais plus d horreur que a Aussi, j en ressors un peu d ue Malgr tout, je suis vraiment intrigu e par le film.

    22. Fascinante historia que viene a decirnos que cada uno se busca su propia suerte y que si uno se empe a en ir de mal en peor, ir de mal en peor A veces no existe la mala suerte, sino una elecci n desafortunada detr s de otra P nico al amanecer se lee muy r pido, aunque el ritmo se resienta en algunos momentos, pese a que la historia que se nos cuenta es de lo m s pat tica.

    23. It s difficult to pin down exactly why Kenneth Cook s novel is so creepy, but there is a definite element of menace that runs through every element of the novel The outback characters motives are benign and innocent on the surface, but somehow Cook makes them all the ominous for these very reasons Perhaps it s because our protagonist, John Grant, himself a rather unlikable antihero, distrusts them all He is repulsed by them, constantly describing them as awful, troll like creatures with bad tee [...]

    24. I have been meaning to read this book since randomly stumbling on the movie on the internet, which really impressed me.It was a great read, and did not disappoint, as some books do, after seeing the film.The only issue I am left with, undecided, is what happened the night of the kangaroo hunt I was raving to my friends about the movie, and one guy surprisingly said that movie is gay And I was like, no, and he was adamant that Grant had sex with the doctor.After reading the book, I think it is a [...]

    25. It might be fifty years since the novel appeared yet it retains its freshness, its narrative still compels, and its bleak vision still disquiets Cook can make us feel the heat, see the endless horizon, hear the sad singing on a little train as it traverses the monotonous plain Peter Temple, from the Introduction Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic Cook s prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last M J Hyland A classic novel which became a class [...]

    26. A nightmarish odyssey through the Australian outback viewed through the eyes of a cultured schoolteacher The journey is almost post apocalyptic, involving shambling denizens of the desert, sirens of dubious moral fortitude and beer So, so much beer.Most Australians will find common ground when reading about the drunken debauches, and many of the characters are echoed in the tamer boozing establishments of suburbia To glimpse this riualised practice through fresh eyes really makes it stark how dr [...]

    27. I bought this on a whim because I wanted to see the movie I put it off for a few months because I thought I wasn t going to like it I realised my error about two pages in What a brilliant book I read it in two sittings, I couldn t put it down Such clear, emotive writing so human, so heartfelt Even though the protagonist knowingly brings everything that happens to him upon himself you feel so sorry for him he is such a likeable, real person What happens to him could happen to anyone This is a gre [...]

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