The Custodians

The Custodians

A Novel of Australia

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A group of eight Australians, who had met as children under an solar eclipse in the early 1950s, converge again almost fifty years later for a lunar eclipse, revisiting their coming-of-age experiences amidst ancient historical revelations. BAKER & TAYLOR

McMillan Palgrave
In the scarred landscape of contemporary Australia, eight childhood friends seek their individual destinies: Alex, ambitious but melancholy; Cleve, snatched by the state from his Aboriginal parents; Danny, his twin brother, who has spent more of his life in custody than free; Elspeth, the heiress seeking enlightenment; Jane, passionately committed to her art; Josie, dedicated to doing good; Wendy, in search of fun; and Ziggy, the brilliant actor. These are the custodians, but of what, and of whom?

From the 1950s through the 1980s; from the outback to the heights of Manhattan's art world to the London stage; from the tropical Queensland to Mao's China. . . such is the scope of The Custodians. It is at once a startling and an often comical novel about friendship, love, and betrayal; and an astounding story of struggle and history - a history which these eight characters must both embrace and transcend if they are to find reconciliation with the land to which they belong, but which does not belong to them.

& Taylor

Follows eight Australian childhood friends during the 1950s to the 1980s as they each pursue their own destiny, in a story that travels from the outback to China, and many places in between

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312180737
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOSE
Characteristics: 495 p. ; 25 cm


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