What's the Great Australian Novel?
January 18, 2006 4:13 PM Subscribe
What is the Great Australian Novel?
posted by Nelson to Media & Arts (49 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to take a three week trip to Australia and would like to read a book or two ahead of time to help me get a better understanding of the experience of the people who live there. What are some canonical books about the Australian experience? I'd prefer fictionalized novels, but narrative autobiography or plays are good, too.
I'm from the US: some examples I'd give for here would be "On the Road", "Autobiography of Malcolm X", "To Kill a Mockingbird", something by Gore Vidal, and maybe "The Great Gatsby". You know, the things you're told to read in high school because they're the Great American Novel. What are some Australian equivalents?
I'm interested in the European history, but also the Aboriginal culture and the new Asian influence as well.