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A Boat Load of Home Folk

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Country  Australia
Publication date  1968
Pages  218pp
Author  Thea Astley
Publisher  Angus & Robertson
Followed by  The Acolyte
Language  English
Media type  Print
Originally published  1968
Genre  Fiction
Preceded by  The Slow Natives
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Similar  Thea Astley books, Fiction books

A Boat Load of Home Folk (1968) is a novel by Australian author Thea Astley.


Plot summary

The novel follows a group of passengers on a cruise ship docked at a Pacific Island as a hurricane approaches.

Critical reception

In The Canberra Times Liam Mason noted that the reader was able to sympathise with the novel's characters: "There is also an almost depressing realism in Miss Astley's resolutions of her characters' crises: the failure of a friend, the failure of a marriage, the failure of a priest, the failure (at the most trivial level) of a womaniser in a would-be seduction. For there is not necessarily any solution. Nor need there be a new start after the ritual of death and disaster."

Michael Wilding, writing in Southerly found a lot to like about the book, but also had some reservations: "The precision of the writing, the spareness and clarity, are immediately appealing. But as the novel progresses the lack of any substantial content lets the writing drift towards the somewhat consciously fine, and the religious references—the recurrent calvaries, crucifixions and expiations, become obtrusive."


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