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Tuvalu (novel)

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Language  English
Media type  Print Paperback
ISBN  1-74114-871-5
Author  Andrew O'Connor
Country  Australia

Publication date  2006
Pages  347 pp
Originally published  2006
Genre  Novel
OCLC  74946085
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Publisher  Allen and Unwin, Australia
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Tuvalu is a 2006 novel by Australian author Andrew O'Connor. It won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for unpublished manuscripts by writers under 35.

Contents

Plot introduction

The novel is set mostly in Tokyo and tells the story of a young Australian teacher of English, and his relationship with two women, Tilly, another Australian English teacher, and Mami, a Japanese hotel heiress. It is told in first-person.

Explanation of the novel's title

Tuvalu is a small Pacific island nation. It doesn't appear in the novel except as an idea. Tilly describes it to Noah as follows:

I guess for me Tuvalu's always done the trick. I've never been anywhere near it. I've never even studied it. For all I know it might well have sunk. But that one word's taken on a meaning all of its own. [...] Haven't you ever once looked into the future and pictured a different life for yourself, made it a destination in some abstract way? A place in which you are content and from which you never look forward, except maybe to hope for more of the same?

Awards

  • 2007: Commonwealth Writers' Prize SE Asia and South Pacific, Best First Novel: Winner
  • 2005: The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Winner
  • Reviews

  • Delaney, Brigid (2005) "The loneliness of the long-distance writer pays off", The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January 2005
  • Dooley, Gillian (2006) Review of 'Tuvalu' by Andrew O'Connor, recorded for Writers Radio, Radio Adelaide, 6 October 2006
  • References

    Tuvalu (novel) Wikipedia


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