A classic novel of North Australia.
Personal Appreciations of Capricornia
Miles Franklin: “The title is superbly related to the text. The sign of the goat is all pervasive; it is a man’s book that would be stimulating for the feminists. . . . Inconsistencies, exaggerations, improbabilities, are hardly discernible in the flow of an immense talent.”
Furnley Maurice in the Australian Quarterly: “Written with ruthless courage . . . packed with substance. . . And there is the steady recurrence of the sinister ‘black velvet’ theme, knock, knock, knock in your brain like the tom-toms in the jungle that followed Emperor Jones.
“It reveals a ruthlessly elemental point of view. Australian life is seen from a new angle, one blind to the common compensations; a well-eyed, pagan vision presented with arresting vividness. The scenes are clearly visualized, the details significant and memorable. The magnitude of the conception of the life, the cold common sense, the passionate descriptions of brawls and scenery, the emotional incoherence, the sadistic paganism, the consistent and logical tragedy of the life presented, the frankness, the callous wit, the eloquent blasphemy, the humour, amusing, bitter or ghoulish, the penetration into human and inhuman character, the dramatic incidents, the vast mental plan of the book-all indicate an unusual talent. It is a challenge thrown in the Face of the nation. . . . An exciting book if ever one existed.”
Vance Palmer: “Capricornia is an extraordinary book, rich with the observation of a man who has lived in the country and knows it to the bone . . . Xavier Herbert has opened up a new world. For a country can’t really be known until it is caught up in the wisdom of an artist, a creator, and presented to us in imaginative form.”
Ex-library copy. In good preloved condition except for library stamps and marks with some yellowing to pages. Binding in good condition.