By Nicholas Angel
Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2003.
With desires of relocating to a home through the ocean haunting their on a daily basis, Millvan and his spouse, Michelle, proprietors of a riverside estate in a small outback farming neighborhood, fight with drought, associates, adversaries and the wrenchingly conventional rural cycle of desire and despair.
Drown them within the Sea tells a compellingly sincere tale of the demanding situations and hardships of farming lifestyles in Australia. In shiny, important language, Nicholas Angel captures either devastated panorama and human wish during this powerfully real evocation of lifestyles at the land.
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I don’t care if you give them to Donny,’ said Millvan. Colin looked at him closely then tucked his paper halfway under the tablecloth. ’ interrupted a man on the adjacent table. He was one of those people who tip their chin up at the end of the sentence. ‘What? ’ sneered Colin. ‘Oh sorry . . ’ His chin tipped again as he turned away. ‘Bloody idiot,’ muttered Colin. ‘Listen, you’ll have to tell me if you want these calves . ’ 52 FINAL PAGES 2/8/04 2:55 PM Page 53 Just then the waitress came to take their order.
Then Ducko remembered what Millvan had said before he got on and told us all. We all started laughing at him and calling Millvan’s bull a show pony and . . because the bull’s name was Millvan, somehow it stuck with him. It stuck better than Dolly, though we called him that for a while too. ’ said Dave? ’ Flynn gulped down his rum. Suddenly a loud and strangely accented voice yelled at them from the night. ’ ‘No, it’s women then yer gold,’ yelled Flynn into the darkness. ‘Give up yer beer then,’ came the voice again.
He felt as though a hand had reached into his pants and clenched everything together. In a way he felt scared even, like before a rodeo. Then he was queuing to ask for Rawlings. He was still being gripped by the time he got to the front desk. He was greeted by a young man. ’ Millvan had just wanted to tell him he was there to see Rawlings but the young man was more interested in reciting the benefits of one of the bank’s latest products. Millvan’d never seen this young fella before and didn’t listen to him, just looked at his watch and saw he was late.