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Publisher's Summary

On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is nineteen her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree. Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt. And then, walking among her father’s trees, Ellen chances on a strange young man who in the days that follow tells her dozens of stories set in cities, deserts, faraway countries....

Haunting and mesmerising, Eucalyptus illuminates the nature of storytelling itself.

©1998 Murray Bail (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"...[I]t's a pleasure simply to be immersed in Bail's caprice-prone mind." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Curious power is precisely what this novel delivers. Part of its charm is its style, the quirky sentences that rarely go where we expect, the sinister Arthur Machenesque beauty of the landscape descriptions, the meandering stories that fail to deliver their expected allegories, that never really end but instead begin others." ( The Washington Post)
"One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature." (Michael Ondaatje)

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Classic Australiana

Takes the listener back to a simpler time in our history - classically interwoven with stories of the vast variety of Eucalypts that range this vast country. Beautiful.

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Enchanting but reflects a patriarchal Australia

This is an enchanting fairy tale set in a quintessentially Australian town. If you can overlook the patriarchal context and objectification the main female character you may just be enjoy the charm and be educated about our wonderful gum trees.

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Not my type of book

Would you try another book written by Murray Bail or narrated by Humphrey Bower?

A disappointing buy on my behalf. Just couldn't get into it.

If you’ve listened to books by Murray Bail before, how does this one compare?

First time I have listened

Would you listen to another book narrated by Humphrey Bower?

Yes

What character would you cut from Eucalyptus?

None, just not my style

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silver princess

loved it. ah moment when all the trees were named in aluminium. beautiful scenery. thanks.