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Five Bells

Gail Jones


PUBLISHED: 4th March 2011
ISBN: 9781864710601
ANNOTATION:
Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies, secrets and guilt.
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PUBLISHED: 4th March 2011
ISBN: 9781864710601
ANNOTATION:
Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies, secrets and guilt.

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Four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies, secrets and guilt.

Publisher Description

On a radiant day in Sydney, four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water.

But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies, secrets and guilt: Ellie is preoccupied by her sexual experiences as a girl, James by a tragedy for which he feels responsible, Catherine by the loss of her beloved brother in Dublin and Pei Xing by her imprisonment during China's Cultural Revolution.

Told over the course of a single Saturday, Five Bells describes four lives which chime and resonate, sharing mysterious patterns and symbols. But it is a fifth person, a child, whose presence at the Quay haunts the day and who will overshadow everything that unfolds. By night-time, when Sydney is drenched in a rainstorm, each life has been transformed.

Five Bells is a novel of singular beauty and power by one of Australia's most gifted novelists.

Author Biography

Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking and Sorry.

Review

"Over the past decade Gail Jones has established herself as a significant presence in contemporary Australian fiction. Thoughtful, intelligent, and intensely lyrical...a novel of unmistakable contemporary relevance."---"The Guardian" (London) "An intense...poetic tale."---"Financial Times" (London) ""Five Bells" is a brilliant work, both explicitly Australian and insistently cosmopolitan...[and] establishes Gail Jones as one of Australia's finest authors....In the midst of pandemonium, traffic, and tourist hordes gazing at icons, Jones gives us individuals who are achingly alive, filled with apprehensions of beauty, love, and mortality."---"The Australian ""Jones's writing has the intensity of a dream...combining tension with lyricism."---"The Times" (London) "A story peopled by real characters, memorably related in delicate, ornate prose."---"The Independent" (London) "A novel that reaches beyond the glittering surface of Sydney to capture the rippling patterns of a wider human history with singular beauty and power."---"The Canberra Times (Australia) "

Product Details

ISBN-10
1864710608
ISBN-13
9781864710601
Author
Gail Jones
Format
Trade Paperback
Year
2011
Publisher
Random House Australia
Publication Date
2011-02-01
Country of Publication
Australia
Pages
224
Edition
2nd