In my Moby Dick thread an Australian posted said they’d read it in school, which got me thinking about the books I’ve read from the big English speaking/writing countries of the world. It’s kind of surprising but I don’t think I’ve read very much at all, if I’ve read anything, from Australia.
I assume that’s because the great books Australians are producing just don’t really get a lot of publicity in America? I’ve seen a few Australian films, for example, although not nearly as many as I know are made. But then I started thinking and I can’t think of any Australian books I’ve read.
I’ve read Canadian fiction, of course, although probably not the Great Canadian Novel. (I’m sure there is one. Margaret Atwood maybe? If so I’ve read the Great Canadian Novel.) I’ve of course read probably as much British fiction as American fiction. I’ve read a few South African books. (The World That Was Ours blew my fragile little mind although I don’t think that’s widely read.) I’ve read some Indian books that were originally in English. (And a few in translation but I really don’t enjoy reading books in translation much, I always feel I’m just not really able to see what the book is really supposed to be.)
I even read Whale Rider, so I’ve read a Kiwi book.
So what’s up in the world of Australian letters? What are the great Australian books everybody has to read in school and hates and then they read them way later and realize how good they are? What’s the Aussie Fifty Shades of Grey? (Yes, I know, it’s Fifty Shades of Grey, but you know what I’m asking.)
What’s your favorite Australian book?
(Wait, I remember. I started Gould’s Book of Fish but lost my copy, years ago. Does that count? Also read The Fatal Shore but I’m not sure nonfiction counts and also I think the author moved away from Down Under a long time ago. Also I have seen a LOT of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.)