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  1. says:

    I found this to be an enjoyable modern day fairy tale written in a rather unusual way The prose is outstandingly beautiful and needs to be read slowly and carefully but at the same time the central story demands the reader's attention and there is an urgency to get to the end and find out what happens Then the author introduces a character who tells stories These are necessary to the overall story but at the same time I was a little annoy

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    There go those blurbs again tricking me into thinking that I could actually enjoy the book Best courtship story it said New York Times Notable Book of the Year it saidHolland acuires a land and then eventually becomes obsessed with planting eucalyptus trees in it His daughter Ellen grows up to be a beauty and he decides he will let the man who can name all species of eucalypti in his land marry his daughter Dozens of

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    Nothing else I guess Eucalyptus lives up to its title It’s about a man whose wife dies while giving birth to their daughter The man collects the life insurance moves to a small town in western New South Wales and plants eucalypts lots of them Apparently there are over 200 specie of this plant Once his daught

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    After getting a hefty insurance cheue because he wagered his wife would have twins one is still born Holland buys an almost treeless property in western New South Wales His wife has passed away; he has only his l

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    Jan 2015I've recently read this for the third time and relished the opportunity to slow down and enjoy Bail's language and the slow and intricate windings of the multiple stories which make up this treasure of a bookThe main narrative line i

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    “A person meets thousands of different people across a lifetime a woman thousands of different men of all shades and many if she constantly passes through different parts of the world Even so of the many different people a person on

  7. says:

    There's a very fairy tale like uality about this book that I liked a lot and the very Australian flavor of the narration

  8. says:

    Eucalyptus is a fairy tale and contains all the elements you would expect in a fairy tale recast in a rural Australian setting – there’s mythical beauty a princess trapped in her castle suitors from distant lands and an enchanted forest Whether it’s the Australian setting or Bail’s cleverly created characters the story comes across as wholly believable which in itself is magical Each chapter is named after a spec

  9. says:

    2 hour trip to botanical gardens fun and interesting 200 page book about every eucalyptus known to man dreadfulwoman allowing father to marry her off to stranger who wins an insufferable tree naming contest in a fairy tale uaintin modern soci

  10. says:

    This peculiar uniue book really appealed to me and when I finished I considered starting it all over again It's a physically short book I don't know how many words but the mix of short anecdotes little stories and botanical information that pop up unexpectedly actually don't interrupt the flow of the main story they add depth I'm never going to remember all the interesting bits I WILL have to read it again somedayDiscla

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The idea that Holland's daughter was like the princess locked in the tower of a damp castle was of course false After all she was living on a p. There go those blurbs again tricking me into thinking that I could actually enjoy the book Best courtship story it said New York Times Notable Book of the Year it saidHolland acuires a land and then eventually becomes obsessed with planting eucalyptus trees in it His daughter Ellen grows up to be a beauty and he decides he will let the man who can name all species of eucalypti in his land marry his daughter Dozens of suitors tried to no avail Until Ellen meets a mysterious man under a eucalyptus tree who proceeds to tell her stories and thus a curious courtship begins Sounds like a fairy tale to me and boy do I love fairy talesThat s not what I got Maybe I could have enjoyed the courtship story if I weren t being constantly bombarded with facts and passages about eucalypti which I ve never seen in my life It s a story with lots of stories in it and sometimes the author steps out of line and discusses the book itself I just couldn t like the writing style I just wanted to know what the courtship was So I skimmed through the pages and gathered thatThis book literally is about eucalyptusMurray Bail writes like an old man who writes for old men which I guess he isI finally met the mysterious man young man the synopsis said but he s really into his 30s seriously that s a young man who I think remains unnamed until the end of the bookThe man tells stories to Ellen that are inspired by the species of eucalyptus he happens to see thus naming all eucalypti and winning Ellen s hand in marriageIt would ve been such a good love story if only it weren t written the way it is Severe frustration

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Roperty in western New South Wales Once upon a time on a property in western New South Wales a man named Holland plants hundreds of varieties o. After getting a hefty insurance cheue because he wagered his wife would have twins one is still born Holland buys an almost treeless property in western New South Wales His wife has passed away he has only his little girl Ellen He s no farmer He starts planting eucalyptus trees on the farm and it soon turns into a hobby then an obsession Holland son of a baker and a boiled lolly maker becomes a leading expert in the field and has managed to get a specimen of all the species and got them to grow As Ellen grows up she becomes stunningly beautiful her face speckled with freckles moles so that the eye wanders all over She gets and attention from the lads in town until Holland makes a decision The man who can name every tree on the property will win his daughter s hand in marriageSo begins an amusing charade of suitors failing to get past the first few trees up until Mr Cave who names them all Meanwhile an unnamed man courts Ellen amongst the trees with stories woven in and inspired by the names of the different trees and in doing so names them all before Mr CaveThis is a book of stories within stories as well as snippets of information facts history and cultural conundrums One of my favourite stories is about the green grocer in Carlton who makes pictures out of fruit to attract the attention of a pretty but vain woman A lot of the stories have connections to people in the town some made up some maybe not and it s almost like a puzzle to figure them outEllen is a slightly disappointing character almost as if Bail doesn t know how to write female characters or doens t understand them enough to really flesh them out The men were so neatly perfectly described with some simple brush strokes the short comings in Ellen were made noticeable by comparison The ending too was not uite as satisfying as it could have been though it works and fits with the rest of the bookIt is set some time after the Second World War I think in the 40s or 50s though it doesn t actually say and so can get away with the main concept plus some others I don t think this story could be transferred so well into our current time One of the provoking scenes is where Ellen coming upon her only tree E Maidenii she finds a nail driven into the trunk You can guess her feelings there Then she hears Mr Cave and her father approaching and hides only to see them start pissing against the trunk of her tree Great imagery and symbolism thereI love this book regardless of any flaws It will forever be one of my utmost favourites But not everyone gets what I get out of it so I feel the need for a personal kind of contextI never truly appreciated my native country until I started studying some of our literature at uni I did two courses focusing on Australian literature and by the time I graduated for the second time as these things are done there at the end of 2001 I was in hopelessly helplessly head over heels in gut clenching love with the land When the following year I left and went to Japan to teach English for nearly three years I would suddenly smell the shearing shed on my parents farm in the middle of the supermarket My boss tells me whenever I mention smelling something that isn t there that I probably have a brain tumour I call him an alarmist I missed the smell of Australia so much the smell of the land where all the trees the plants the grass the soil has such a distinct smell In Japan nothing smelt which means you can smell 3 day old exhaust fumes the grime coating the walls of buildings the smell of ramen and yakiniku and strangely snow but never the trees or plants because they didn t smell My first cherry blossom time I went up to a tree and sniffed the blossoms expecting the same sweet scent as my mother s specimen in her big beautiful garden Nothing I was supremely disappointedI recommended Eucalyptus to my book club and almost unanimously they agreed on it I hadn t read it in several years but it all came back as I delved in once The trees are my favourite characters Skimming through the reviews on written by Americans mostly I noticed they all said yes it uses trees as a tool to construct the stories but that s not important and trees don t interest me but that s not what this is about I m paraphrasing here don t hit meI beg to differ The trees are everything in Eucalyptus You could almost say it s a book about trees disguised as a fairy tale but I don t think that s the case either The trees figure prominently as characters not as background All the different species described not just visually but with personality too The gum trees are described as selfish offering little shade and unsympathetic After reading that the first time I saw eucalypts in a whole new way In the midlands of Tasmania which you drive through to get to Hobart from the north where my parents farm is you can see a uite uniue oddly disturbing but very memorable scene round hilly very yellow dry farmland bare but for the grey skeletons of eucalypts their silvery arms reaching out like a scarecrow completely leafless As a child this view disturbed me and I still don t know if the Midlands has always been like that or if it is the resutl of excessive farming as in so many other places I suspect the latter In it s own way it is stunning beautiful the stark colours the dead trees still standing like grave markers their branches lined with large crows and magpies and kookaburras The dusty yellow grass like a dry carpet cropped short by sheepThe book is full of beautiful imagery using words to tell multiple layers of a story like bark on a tree I was so surprised and disappointed to find that the people in the bookclub didn t like it and were confused thinking that Australia was just desert They had no idea there were trees bush forest and even grassFor me I can smell Australia when I read this book not just the country but the suburbs of Sydney and other places I am transported home by this book Architecture in Formation time on a property in western 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there Then she hears Mr Cave and her father approaching and hides only Dive in the Sun to see Wild Things the Biggles Flies East trunk of her Letters to Chloe tree Great imagery and symbolism Ford County thereI love Johannes Cabal the Necromancer this book regardless of any flaws It will forever be one of my utmost favourites But not everyone gets what I get out of it so I feel Academia Obscura the need for a personal kind of contextI never Bloot slaat dood truly appreciated my native country until I started studying some of our literature at uni I did Wide-Eyed and Legless two courses focusing on Australian literature and by Il rogo di Berlino the Conquest (Making of England, time I graduated for The Team the second Beatrix Potters Letters time as Fleishman Is in Trouble these The Rain-Soaked Bride things are done The Nightingale Girls (Nightingales 1) there at Clever Girl the end of 2001 I was in hopelessly helplessly head over heels in gut clenching love with Lost Empress the land When A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi the following year I left and went The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, to Japan Schlump to The Prodigys Cousin teach English for nearly The Demons of Ghent (Forbidden Spaces, three years I would suddenly smell Pleins feux sur le tutu (San-Antonio the shearing shed on my parents farm in Bogwoppit the middle of Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life the supermarket My boss Dip tells me whenever I mention smelling something The Day Louis Got Eaten that isn Measuring Time t Jerusalem there Bound to Submit that I probably have a brain Oil on Water tumour I call him an alarmist I missed Officer, Nurse, Woman the smell of Australia so much Ghostwalk the smell of Angel Be Good the land where all Stepping Stone and Love Machine the Life is a Dream trees უხილავი ქალაქები the plants Amberville (Mollisan Town Quartet, the grass Summer Horse (Saddle Club, the soil has such a distinct smell In Japan nothing smelt which means you can smell 3 day old exhaust fumes Zuckerman Unbound the grime coating Ténébreux samedi the walls of buildings The Mark of Cain (Long Lankin, the smell of ramen and yakiniku and strangely snow but never Every Pretty Thing (Darby McCormick, the Forgiving Keven trees or plants because Cincuenta Sombras de Grey (Trilogía Cincuenta Sombras) they didn Escape t smell My first cherry blossom The Nativity time I went up Miss Peregrine (Miss Peregrine, to a Forsaking All Others tree and sniffed Command Authority the blossoms expecting The Warburgs the same sweet scent as my mother s specimen in her big beautiful garden Nothing I was supremely disappointedI recommended Eucalyptus Reunion to my book club and almost unanimously Reheated Cabbage they agreed on it I hadn Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids t read it in several years but it all came back as I delved in once The The Friend Zone trees are my favourite characters Skimming No Mean Glasgow through Going Too Far/The Old Girl Network the reviews on written by Americans mostly I noticed Three by Atiq Rahimi they all said yes it uses Brute Force (Nick Stone, trees as a Work Suspended and other stories including Basil Seal Rides Again tool Dying For Christmas to construct Landscape With Chainsaw the stories but Compact City Series that s not important and The Devils Scribe (The Taker, trees don A Nest of Vipers t interest me but Frog is Sad that s not what A Season Of Ghosts this is about I m paraphrasing here don Holacracy t hit meI beg Driftwood. 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F eucalyptus trees then decrees that only the suitor who can name each and every one of them will be worthy to marry his beautiful daughter Ell. There s a very fairy tale like uality about this book that I liked a lot and the very Australian flavor of the narration made it a highly unusual read for me as well I have some issues with the passivity of the heroine which isn t a terribly surprising thing given the heavy fairy tale flavor of the story but found it a worthwhile read anywayThis novel s all about how a man named Holland in Australia has planted hundreds of species of eucalyptus trees on his ranch and how he proclaims that the man who names them all will win the hand of Ellen his beautiful daughter Very definitely a fairy tale sort of task and with that laying the groundwork for the plot we get several other things you d expect in a fairy tale as well the remote location the nearby tiny village dozens of dauntless suitors who fall by the wayside a challenger at last who Ellen does not want and who breezes through the task as if he were born to it And of course we have a mysterious wanderer who captures Ellen s heart by spinning her dozens of stories and whose disappearance sends Ellen spiraling into a decline until he finally returns at the end to prove himself victorious over her father s challengeAll very nice and overall I really had only two small issues with the story One was that sometimes the narration was too self aware making comments about paragraphs and full stops and such While it was generally to make a point about something going on in the story such as comparing paragraphs to paddocks often than not it came across to me as too roundabout At least twice it made me think for fuck s sake get on with it And I m generally a very patient readerNow that said it did indeed eventually Get On With It and I also acknowledge that there was a certain art and style to Bail s prose that I do have to appreciate It fit in with the whole idea of Telling a Story an art which he clearly loves since the hero of this tale was himself a storyteller Telling stories orally is an art in and of itself even separate from telling them in the written word and Bail blended them well here It helped me a lot I think to start imagining the voice of the narrator with an Australian accent and suddenly the rhythm of the words started coming together for meMy other uibble was with Ellen who had a passivity about her that irritated me Sure this is kind of classic when you re dealing with fairy tales certainly Cinderella Sleeping Beauty Snow White and even my beloved Rapunzel don t do much to uphold the virtues of feminine spine And sure the setting of the story fairly modern though it came across had a sort of timeless uality about it that seemed to encourage the fairy tale tropes But not once did Ellen ever actually object to her father s scheme of marrying her off to a man who could name all of his trees Not once did she actually vocalize any objections to Cave the challenger who systematically worked his way through the entire plantation rattling off the names of the trees and proceeding closer and closer to the prize her Instead of actually telling her father Look Dad about this whole marriage thing I actually really like this guy I ve been talking to out in the trees instead of telling anybody anything she just lays down and pines herself sick Very classic fairy tale princess behavior But to me a modern feminist inclined reader irritating nonethelessThere are remarks made here and there all throughout the story about how Holland is rud to have his daughter locked up but really he s done nothing of the kind Ellen s movements aren t constrained and Holland in his way comes across as a father who s just anxious to make sure that if he has to hand off his daughter to anybody it ll be to a man he can respect I just wish that once Ellen would have asserted herself because while I wanted to like her I didn t respect herNow as to stuff I really really liked the Storyteller we never get his name was very very cool I loved how he wove stories to capture Ellen s fancy and I loved the way he wandered in and out of them sometimes leaving off just when your attention is hooked and you re anxious to know what the hell happens next I liked his interactions with Ellen even when he wasn t actively telling a story as well and I especially liked the scene where he comes across her naked and very solemnly very respectfully helps her back into her clothes Every word in that scene was charged with tension and the beauty of it is that at no point does Bail ever come right out and say that our boy would really rather be taking Ellen s clothes off of her It doesn t need to be said The words chosen to describe his actions convey that beautifullyAnd I did not see it coming that he actually won the challenge before Cave did because he was the one who brought all the nameplates for the trees to the plantation I loved that And I loved that the Sprunt sisters fancifully referred to in passing as witches adding to the fairy tale nature of the story clued him in about where Ellen would be likely to wander and that he went looking for Ellen to win her directly rather than going to her father firstEven aside from the limp dishrag of a heroine I m glad I read this book just to enjoy Murray Bail s prose very full of character and very much an example of the art of telling a Story