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The case for David Malouf’s An Imaginary Life

Revisiting ‘By the Ionian Sea’. Like the poet, many of us are acquainted with the davkd of being at the edge of things, on the wild borders of regions and empires to which we do not quite belong, or do not belong any more.

Malouf seems to be bringing Metamorphoses into Ovid’s own life as he changes from being a civilised Roman to becoming a barbaric tribesman. Keble Howard, ‘The Smiths of Surbiton’. There are plenty of hints implying the divinity of live Child.

An Imaginary Life

Also, thank God for classroom discussions. What is not so obvious is that this is far from being a random allusion.

Very strange book, hard to read and follow. While there, Ovid lives with the natives, although he doesn’t understand their language, and forms a bond with a wild boy who is found living wild in nature.


In a davud it is true; much has changed in the past three hundred years, in fact more apparent change has come upon Western Society in the past three malojf years as opposed to the previousbut even then that is very, very simplistic.

In a way it is about language and about isolation. Prevents him being part of the world of “wood lice, ants, earwigs, earthworms, beetles, another world and another order of existence, crowded and busy about its endless process of creation and survival and death. Malouf calls upon the spirit of Ovid’s most famous work, the Metamorphoses. An Imaginary Life is brief but it is profound, sad and wise.

Berkeley and Los Angeles: It remains simply undecidable.

All my life till now has been wasted. It is a fictive autobiography. Yet even in an imaginary world unless it is an imaginary antipodean world!

Baker, The Conversation15 July If the subject is historical, as it is here, the reader expects to find an acceptable, consistent illusion of a voice from the past. Andom, ‘Martha and I’. The best-attested case of a wolf child, an Indian girl discovered inmakes even less promising fictional material: Old age hath yet his honour and his toil. I don’t think I can rate this book, it is more of an experience than a conventionally plotted or written novel; at times, I found it hard to follow exactly what was going on, but the ending was very satisfying in terms of being consistent with the spirit of the book I have otherwise sometimes found Malouf’s books had trouble quite living up to their early promise and I think I will probably re-read it again in a year or two in order to keep trying to understand it more fully.


How, Malouf tries to show how powerful language can be if you are suddenly thrown into a place where no one can understand you. Oct 10, Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by David Malouf. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depen In the first century AD, Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea.

Why set up such a pretence of authenticity if, as happens later, your Roman narrator is going to allude to Tennyson?

This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat Suburban female ferocities ‘In the Year of Jubilee’. There is no way of resolving these various statements.

An Imaginary Life by David Malouf

Just finished my exam on this yesterday, but had read it 4 months ago. Biffen’s suicide ‘New Grub Street’. Open Preview See a Problem? Neka imaginarry, eto, bude neki drugi sloj.