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The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea

Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea allows us a precious glimpse into a simpler kind of childhood in a country that no longer exists.

In 1941, Rob Coram is six. The war feels far removed from his world of aunties and cousins and the beautiful, dry landscape of Geraldton in Western Australia. But when his older favourite cousin, Rick, leaves to join the army, the war takes a step closer.

When Rick returns from the war several years later, he has changed, and Rob feels betrayed. The old merry-go-round that represents Rob's dream of utopia (the security of his family and of the land that is his home) begins to disintegrate before his eyes.

©1965 Julian Randolph Stow (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing

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"His novels and poetry embody a uniquely rich and strange account of the land and people of Australia that we can ill afford to lose." ( Australian Book Review)
"It is a rare pleasure for those of us who are already fans to have these works at our disposal.... [Stow was] the most talented and celebrated Australian author of the post-White generation."( The Monthly)

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Glad to revisit this Merry-Go-Round!

Whilst I was made to read this novel for my HSC in the 1980's, I loved it and must of really connected to it. I've reread it several times and was great to revisit it as audiobook.

Through the characters of the young boy Rob and his older cousin Rick, the novel presents philosophical questions of traditional institutions like family and national identity whilst representing a view of Australian society and values at a pivot moment of change after ww2.