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Author Toltz, Steve, 1972- author

Title Quicksand / Steve Toltz
Published [Melbourne, Victoria] : Hamish Hamilton, 2015
[Melbourne, Victoria] Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2015
©2015

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Description 435 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Summary Aldo has been so relentlessly unlucky -- in business, in love, in life -- that the universe seems to have taken against him personally. Even Liam, his best friend, describes him as 'a well-known parasite and failure'. Aldo has always faced the future with optimism and despair in equal measure, but this last twist of fate may finally have brought him undone. There's hope, but not for Aldo. Liam hasn't been doing much better himself: a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted. But something good may come out of Aldo's lowest point. Liam may finally have found his inspiration. Together, maybe they can turn bad luck into an art form. What begins as a document of Aldo's disasters develops into a profound story of love lost, found and betrayed; of freedom and incarceration; of suffering and transcendence; of fate, faith and friendship; of taking risks -- in art, work, love and life -- and finding inspiration in all the wrong places. Quicksand is a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy that looks contemporary life unblinkingly in the eye. It confirms Steve Toltz as one of our most original and insightful novelists
Analysis Australian
Subject Black humor.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Australian fiction.
Black humor.
Fortune -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Life -- Fiction.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Australian fiction -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Humorous fiction.
Black humor (Literature)
Black humor.
Reading nook.
ISBN 9781926428680
1926428684