Forever Young

Forever Young The latest novel by acclaimed novelist Steven Carroll winner of the Prime Minister s Award and the Miles Franklin Award And is nostalgia not so much a longing for a place or a time as a longing for

  • Title: Forever Young
  • Author: Steven Carroll
  • ISBN: 9780732291228
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Forever Young

    The latest novel by acclaimed novelist Steven Carroll, winner of the Prime Minister s Award and the Miles Franklin Award And is nostalgia not so much a longing for a place or a time, as a longing for youth itself Forever Young is set against the tumultuous period of change and uncertainty that was Australia in 1977 Whitlam is about to lose the federal election, and thinThe latest novel by acclaimed novelist Steven Carroll, winner of the Prime Minister s Award and the Miles Franklin Award And is nostalgia not so much a longing for a place or a time, as a longing for youth itself Forever Young is set against the tumultuous period of change and uncertainty that was Australia in 1977 Whitlam is about to lose the federal election, and things will never be the same again the times they are a changing Radicals have become conservatives, idealism is giving way to realism, relationships are falling apart, and Michael is finally coming to accept that he will never be a rock and roll musician.A subtle and graceful exploration of the passage of time and our yearning for the seeming simplicities of the past, Forever Young is a powerfully moving work clear beautiful, affecting by one of our greatest authors.

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    1. Carolyn Mck

      I loved this novel - maybe I am still be a Melburnian at heart so can readily relate to the characters and settings of Carroll's Glenroy novels, of which this is the 5th. I am also approximately the same age as one of the main characters of the series, Michael, so again I can identify with the issues and experiences of the times of which Carroll writes. I haven't enjoyed as much the novels Carroll has written based on T S Eliot's Four Quartets, although I recognise the seriousness and ambition o [...]

    2. Mandy

      I have read some really good books so far this year, but, this is my favourite. I will be disappointed (almost) if I read one that betters it. Unlike many authors who write to impress us their vast and superior knowledge of language (patronizing?), Carroll writes with a subtle, elegant and unaffected simplicity, without being simple. This series has always resonated strongly with me because I was born about the same time as Michael and lived in a new suburb of dirt roads and stick houses. Rita c [...]

    3. Cass Moriarty

      Forever Young, by Steven Carroll, won the Miles Franklin, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and (jointly) the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Clearly it has been recognised for its literary merit, but my feelings about it are torn - while I found some aspects of the characters compelling, and the way the plot was randomly connected to be rather clever, I had trouble engaging fully with the narrative and found myself wandering off at times. Perhaps part of the trouble is that this is apparently bo [...]

    4. Cath Taylor

      I have just abandoned this book half read in an airport, which I think gives you the general idea, although sometimes I do that because I hope someone special will pick up a truly great novel at a desperate moment in their life and it will stop them from hijacking a planet the case with this one. Life is too short and bags are too heavy to carry this all the way to Fiji. Which is a shame because I loved a few of Carroll's others. This one was just like "I want to say something profound and poign [...]

    5. Belinda

      Slow and repetitive in it's style of writing I quite enjoyed the story and characters. There is a lot of rumination which I personally quite like. The descriptions of Melbourne and the Whitlam era were interesting. I liked the way different characters were tied together. I am not compelled however to read the other books in this series (at this time anyway). In any case I think Rita is my favourite character.

    6. John Kidman

      I’m glad it’s over. Not my cup of tea. The maximum excitement for Rita was two tram rides. Excessively wordy without going anywhere. I could not see the point of the Whitlam connections to this book. I certainly won’t be signing up for any others in the series.

    7. Kerri Jones

      While the concept and era seem really interesting this book was full of too many ideas and not enough narrative to keep me going.

    8. Rosalie

      3 1/2 starsA rambling story, full of ideas and thoughts generated by the extraordinary social upheavals of the Whitlam era in Australia. It is set during the “revolutionary” period of the mid-seventies in Australia when many people were very involved in sexual politics, the anti-war movement, land rights, equal pay for women and environmental issues. The time line however is very brief - truncated between October and December 1977. We are given brief details of several loosely linked charact [...]

    9. Catherine Hanrahan

      One of the best books I read last year was ‘A World of Other People‘ by Stephen Carroll. Forever Young is the fifth of his Glenroy series, a collection of stand-alone stories that follow suburban couple Vic and Rita through much of Australian twentieth century history.This story focuses on their son Michael, who is about to leave Australia to follow his dream to be a writer in Paris. The year is 1977 and Gough Whitlam is fighting his last election. Carroll’s style, which he describes as [...]

    10. Lisa

      Forever Young is the fifth in Steven Carroll’s ‘Glenroy’ novels, and I think it is a novel best read as part of the set. It’s perhaps possible to read it without having read its predecessors, but IMO the characters of Michael and Rita need the back stories of the other novels to become truly ‘alive’.Readers were introduced to the family of Michael, Rita and Vic in The Art of the Engine Driver (2001), a novel set in the 1950s in what was then outer suburban Melbourne, identified as Gl [...]

    11. Lesley Moseley

      3 1/2 as I did enjoy most of it. The endless repetitions as an authors choice became irritating from the start. Surely not ALL the characters would have this same habit?Being the same era I lived and worked in Melbourne, made it very realistic.

    12. Michael

      The fifth book of what will be a 6 book series. The story takes place mostly in the months leading up to the 1977 election that saw Gough Whitlam lose after being ousted in what many to believe a CIA coup. It follows the main character in all the books, Michael as he lets go of his politics, music and girlfriend. The story also follows his girlfriend, Mother, and a couple of other characters all from his university days that were a decade earlier. Most of the threads have to do with letting go o [...]

    13. Calzean

      Carroll's writing continues to shine. He describes the day-to-day life of Michael, Rita and some of the people they come across in so much detail and clarity. Michael has left his childhood and early adult hood behind and now is acting like a mature man. But there is not much plot in this one. There is a lot of sadness and reflection on the demise of Whitlam which may make this book a bit unfathomable to non-Australian readers

    14. Chris Wade

      I have really enjoyed Steven Carroll's novels and enjoyed Forever Young, bringing Michael and his mother info the 1970s. While I am too young to remember the Whitlam years, they do shape Australia today and this story offered a nuanced insight into that time of tumult. I like the author's clear prose but found myself hoping for more drama. However, life is not always like that.

    15. Liz Phillips

      I really could not get into this rambling story. As a Melbournian I tried my hardest but it just didn't sing. Abandoned 50 pages in!

    16. Corey Zerna

      Rita was my favourite character in this book - i love characters who wait until their late life (quite often after their partners departure) to undergo radical transformations

    17. David Beards

      A strange read. No real plot. More Freudian ramblings of characters inner thoughts than a fiction narrative. Not without its charm and held the interest.

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