Cover to Cover - Episode 24
Guest: Sarah Drummond
Book Review - The Sound (Fremantle Press)
Sarah Drummond’s The Sound is an excellent contribution to contemporary narratives of the colonial frontier. Complex in structure and style, marked by a ceaseless impulse for movement, it is brilliantly evocative of the coastal landscapes it wanders. The novel is focalised through Wiremu Heke, an Otago man working his way along the southern coastline of Australia in search of revenge. Joining sealers, he finds himself involved in acts of violence perpetrated against the Indigenous peoples of the coastline similar to those he is attempting to redress. His internal struggle of guilt and denial is well wrought, with hope for redemption emerging through the structural frame—brief segments in first-person from the perspective of Wiremu, which combined reveal a decision to act. A beautiful and provoking read.
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Each month on Cover to Cover, we ask our guest author to recommend another great book by a West Australian author. Sarah's recommendation was The Ballad of Moondyne Joe by John Kinsella and Niall Lucy.