The Different World of Fin Starling [Audio]
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|Format:||Audio Cassette, Unabridged Edition|
|Published In: ||Australia, 01 April 2004|
To enter The Different World of Fin Starling is to enter the enchantment of a fairytale for adults. Wagners Creek, otherwise known as the arse-end of the earth, is the home of the mutton-bird, the carrion crow and the remarkable Fin Starling. Son of the local provider of 'special services', Fin is different from other children and soon it becomes clear that he is something of a miracle-worker as he transforms the dirt-poor shantytown into a place of pilgrimage. Elizabeth Stead's gently comic portrait of Wagners Creek is handled with benevolent grace. Yet beneath the comedy runs an unsettling undercurrent and the suspicion that Fin's birthplace exists in a parallel universe where different laws operate.
Fin Starling is an autistic boy living in the end-of-the-world town of Wagner’s Creek. The creek itself dried up years before, the residents number only 38 and the sole business is mutton birding. Fin’s mother is the local prostitute and his father’s identity, while suspected, is unknown. Fin likes straight lines and clean edges. His desire for the square and the contained makes him a champion gardener. He inspires (or infects) the town with his neatness, and all the residents develop a compulsion to clean. Wagner’s Creek consequently enters and wins the local Tidy Town award. Stead has written a memorable and brilliant book. The Different World of Fin Starling is delicately imagined—moving, funny, and inspiring all at once. The residents of Wagner’s Creek, living mundane and often bleak lives, are explored with such wit and craft that they appear with a kind of heroism and grandeur, while remaining altogether human and believable. But all is not quirky and light. The novel’s climax challenges our ideas of redemption and cultural notions that cleanliness is next to godliness. We are not to get too comfortable in this tale. Despite the town’s splendour, it has some very dark corners. This is a gem of a novel. It should find an adoring audience. Annelise Balsamo is the assistant editor of Labour and Industry. C. 2003 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
|Publisher: ||Bolinda Audio Books|