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  1. Mark Mark says:

    A brilliant personal history of Tasmania Line by line the book was difficult to read because the author's descriptions of the Tasmanian landscape and his apocalyptic vision of life there were so allusive and original that my mind kept wandering off into other fruitful contemplations This is a meditation on place so specific that it transcends the circumstance of the author and the specific place he finds himself in and becomes a universal meditation on what it means to be from somewhere and even to be somewhere


  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I got this book at a used book sale a while ago and started reading it partway through our trip to Tasmania It was cool to read about places I'd just been or knew I'd see in the next few days It probably wouldn't be very interesting if I wasn't there


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Behind the Mountain Return to Tasmania ❰KINDLE❯ ❆ Behind the Mountain Return to Tasmania Author Peter Conrad – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk When he was 20 Conrad left his home in Tasmania for Oxford London New York; 20 years later he returnedto rediscover the island and his relationship to it The author of Imagining America evokes an extr When he Mountain Return eBook ↠ was Conrad left his home in Tasmania for Oxford London New York; Behind the PDF/EPUB ² years later he returnedto rediscover the island and his relationship to it The author of the Mountain Return ePUB ´ Imagining America evokes an extraordinary portrait of his native land a brilliant merciless portrait Tasmania he writes is Australia's little Australia doubly isolated frm the world a place whose settlers attempted to reconcile Arcady with Alcatraz When its name was changed from Van Dieman's Land to Tasmania the colonists conveniently forgot its brutish origins and re wrote history dismissing from memory the horrors of Port Arthur prison and aboriginal genocide Mt Wellington rising behind his childhood home in Hobart represented the unknown to young Conrad His journey begins there taking him to the roadless inhospitable inclement southwest coast; to a grisly convict museum; to Flinders Island whose residents have turned it into a monumental junkyard Continuing his exploration he visits mining areas abandoned farms ghost towns and graveyards He sees the landscape as part savage Eden part factory with its own manufactured sceneryzinc works that taunt nature with useless extravagant art power lines supplanting nature by technology Dead gum trees are twisted in arthritic agonies but unbowed; they are succeeded by giant pylons trees transformed into girders of metal Conrad conveys no romantic empathy with a pristine environment but a sense of land as adversary; people have been able to live in Tasmania only by ravaging the land National self image alternates between gentle English villagers and brawling frontier Americans Artists and writers have made Tasmania habitable by depicting a fiction; local poets dream of England and awaken to a different reality Romantic dream or romantic nightmare a Switzerland of the Pacific or an Appalachia of the Antarctic Conrad invokes powerful images of a remote desolate exotic land; ultimately he accepts the fact that when you leave home it travels with you Part autobiography part history part travelogue this is a wholly memorable memoir.