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Death in Brunswick [BOOKS] ✸ Death in Brunswick ⚦ Boyd Oxlade – Thomashillier.co.uk A cult hit later made into a film starring John Clarke, Sam Neill and Zoe Carides, Death in Brunswick is a classic Australian comedyDown on his luck and hard up for cash, Carl works in the kitchen of A cult hit later made into a film starring John Clarke, Sam Neill and Zoe Carides, Death in Brunswick is a classic Death in PDF or Australian comedyDown on his luck and hard up for cash, Carl works in the kitchen of a seedy rock n roll joint in ethnically diverse Brunswick The bouncers and bosses terrify him, he s desperately in love with a much younger Greek waitress, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay with himThen a dead body turns up He and his best mate, Dave, will have to do something about it, and fast or it s goodnight, CarlWith a new introduction by Shane Maloney, author of the Murray Whelan crime thrillers and head honcho of the Brunswick Institute.


10 thoughts on “Death in Brunswick

  1. Kaitlyn Kaitlyn says:

    Brunswick is much changed since Boyd Oxlade invoked its name as an ironic counterpoint to afamous book, aredolent setting The factories are gone, the houses cost a small fortune, the pizza is thin crust artisanal and only the faintest traces remain of the feminist graffiti But scratch beneath the hipster bars and snazzy apartment blocks and you will find, not far below the surface, that Death in Brunswick still haunts the place conniving, paranoid and laughing grimly up its slee Brunswick is much changed since Boyd Oxlade invoked its name as an ironic counterpoint to afamous book, aredolent setting The factories are gone, the houses cost a small fortune, the pizza is thin crust artisanal and only the faintest traces remain of the feminist graffiti But scratch beneath the hipster bars and snazzy apartment blocks and you will find, not far below the surface, that Death in Brunswick still haunts the place conniving, paranoid and laughing grimly up its sleeve Shane MaloneyLoved this book Another great Australian Classic and loved that I m reading it while living in the area Shane Maloney sums up the area fantastically, and I truly do see snippets of this book hidden in its streets It s a special feeling when you live in a city so rich with literature and stories


  2. Trevor Trevor says:

    Very enjoyable black comedy, about a couple of mates, a dead drug dealer and a religious mother, set in the suburbs of north Melbourne.Not wanting to give anything away, don t read this book if you are easily offended, or have just eaten a pizza, as you will not want to eat one again.The story moves at a rapid taste, and although it has a fairly simple story line, it is well written and very easy to read.I loved it, and now want to find a DVD of the movie.


  3. Luke Luke says:

    Boyd Oxlade s a one hit wonder, as far as writing is concerned He recently died, having almost completed his second novel, and it s a shame it won t see the light of day, because this one is a ripper Imagine something close to an examination of the outsider, a meditation on friendship, a crime story and a kitchen sink recounting of the life of a chef and a gravedigger both jobs the author had held, tellingly and you re getting close It s mainly a fix the problem kind of book there s sever Boyd Oxlade s a one hit wonder, as far as writing is concerned He recently died, having almost completed his second novel, and it s a shame it won t see the light of day, because this one is a ripper Imagine something close to an examination of the outsider, a meditation on friendship, a crime story and a kitchen sink recounting of the life of a chef and a gravedigger both jobs the author had held, tellingly and you re getting close It s mainly a fix the problem kind of book there s several issues from love tolife or death matters but there s alwaysto see For me, I loved the eye for ennui exhibited here Carl wandered out into his back yard It was a maze of overgrown native trees, grey green spiny grevilleas and untidy ti tree Over all hung the cat s piss smell of wattle He found it terribly depressing No wonder the early explorers succumbed to melancholy, surrounded by this sort of thing. There s a lightness of touch here, with lots of deep, confessional observation hidden in the everyday It s a quick read, but it feels like it ll stick around much longer The problem for me with this book is that I ve seen the film version It s impossible to separate the versions of Carl and Dave in the novel from those in the film something this printing of the book seems to encourage, given the cover art Thankfully, it s generally a positive pairing with Dave s character, especially, you can see there s little John Clarke would ve had to do to bring the fantastically earthy Comrade Dave to life what you read is what you got, at least on the silver screen The character of Carl is a littlecomplex than Sam Neill s reading made apparent, particularly given developments later in the novel The thing that really jarred for me, though, is that the book has a much different ending I won t give it away, but the film version ties things up very nicely not so, here Though I know that adapting for film means certain things have to be cut, there s some very nice ambiguity and examination of friendship far beyond mateship that takes place in the book which mean the text is superior Though the film is dark, there s a blacker streak in the book, and it s truly grim watching Carl s trip from melancholy onwards This is a brief, sad and disturbingly funny book It s a bit of a time capsule the gentrification which Carl laments as being the preserve of doctors and lawyers has rolled on, and it s almost sweet to see his desire to get out of a Victorian terrace and into a crisp new flat, given the migration in the other direction is so popular now and it presents a picture of an 80s rock Melbourne that appears so distant, now The Divinyls and Birthday Party styled hair, the novelty of multiculturalism, the continual intrusion of Australia s ockerish personality all of these create a vivid, noisome picture of what the city used to be like It s a great place to visit If you only know the film and you liked it then the book will, as ever, give you so muchSpend an afternoon with Carl and Dave, ya mug


  4. Olly Olly says:

    This iconic Australian novel provides a bleak depiction of Melbourne in the late eighties, centred on the pub rock scene Despite being a tale of black comedy, Oxlade also brilliantly integrates social satire of the novel s milieu, including racism, sex, drugs and left wing politics Middle aged and washed up Carl, a cook at a seedy Brunswick rock pub, is faced with a murder in his kitchen one night when he thought nothing else could go wrong in his life The story unravels as best mate and grav This iconic Australian novel provides a bleak depiction of Melbourne in the late eighties, centred on the pub rock scene Despite being a tale of black comedy, Oxlade also brilliantly integrates social satire of the novel s milieu, including racism, sex, drugs and left wing politics Middle aged and washed up Carl, a cook at a seedy Brunswick rock pub, is faced with a murder in his kitchen one night when he thought nothing else could go wrong in his life The story unravels as best mate and grave digger Dave, helps Carl hide the body and overcome his anxieties surrounding the unfortunate event Not an incredibly long text, but gripping none the less Highly recommended, and perfect to take to Weekender or as a casual read for a slightly serious laugh


  5. A.M. A.M. says:

    Carl pretends to be younger than he is He clings to the idea that he looks a bit like David Bowie His seedy kitchen job is making food good enough to tick the license requirement of serving a meal in a rock venue, but it isn t haute cuisine.Then his mother comes to live with him after a recent heart attack She annoys him she s in his place and she keeps playing Mahler and asking him to make her a cuppa She cleans the run down old terrace, hangs up her icons and starts muttering to him abo Carl pretends to be younger than he is He clings to the idea that he looks a bit like David Bowie His seedy kitchen job is making food good enough to tick the license requirement of serving a meal in a rock venue, but it isn t haute cuisine.Then his mother comes to live with him after a recent heart attack She annoys him she s in his place and she keeps playing Mahler and asking him to make her a cuppa She cleans the run down old terrace, hangs up her icons and starts muttering to him about wills and leaving him a bit of cash She even wants him to go to mass with her and to change his name back to Charles I swear the sister tried to poison her but now she s changed the will to give it all to Carl Half each, lady ffs Ugh How could his life get any worse But then he accidentally stabs the sacked kitchen hand when he comes back to have a go at Carl As a joke, the bouncers told him Carl had got him sacked.His good mate Dave is literally the guy you can call when you need to get rid of a body But Carl does not appreciate that.It s a particularly bleak kind of Australian classic Dripping with racism.Carl is in love with a young Greek, he flirts with wearing make up, Mahler, he starts seeing signs in everything I don t know that s all the obvious things I can think of as parallels with Death in Venice, but I read it a couple of years ago.I love Dave s wife, June I m sick of this male bonding bullshit, she declares.3 stars


  6. Angeline Angeline says:

    the nostalgia of sexism


  7. Erin Puccinelli Erin Puccinelli says:

    An Australian classic


  8. Bill Porter Bill Porter says:

    A classic indeed


  9. Barbara Cole Barbara Cole says:

    A great quirky read with exceptional descriptives of a bygone grunge era of 80s Melbourne Shame Boyd didn t write anything else, I m ready for the next installment.


  10. Andrew Einspruch Andrew Einspruch says:

    Not so much to my taste.


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