Death by Drowning : Gary Bryson's Turtle [A Review]
Cantrell, Kate (2008) Death by Drowning : Gary Bryson's Turtle [A Review]. M/C Reviews.
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Accused of being autobiographical, as many debut novels often are, Turtle, upon first reading and further prying, does read as a story wrenched out of Gary Bryson’s own life. In a recent interview with Mandy Sayer, however, he was quick to deny all sorts of archetypal allegations. “Any resemblance to turtles living or dead”, Bryson explained, “is entirely coincidental”.
Regardless of the many parallels that align author with protagonist—both were born and raised in a grey-skied Glasgow, both grew up in self-described dysfunctional families, and both returned to the colourless city to attend their mothers’ funerals—the narrative combines bruising black comedy with moments of magic realism. The result is an unlikely but often surprising concoction of twists and turns, each of which mixes the fallibility of memory with the slippery nature of truth. This playfulness between the material world and its metaphorical counterpart raises questions, not only about the curse that poisons its characters, but about the ethical implications of blurring fact and fiction...
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|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified (190499)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Kate Cantrell|
|Deposited On:||25 Feb 2011 07:42|
|Last Modified:||25 Feb 2011 07:42|
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