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It is told in the first person by “the acolyte” Paul Vesper The novel traces the career of a fictional Australian musician and composer named Jack Hol. Shockingly I d never read any Thea Astley until I read The Acolyte I felt guilty about having not done so sure but it wasn t until I was at a loose end and needed a book uickly that a hasty grab from a bag of books rescued from the last days sale of a cavernous bookstore brought it to my attention And boy am I glad that chance brought me in contact with the story of Paul Vesper the titular acolyte of blind and fictional composer and pianist Jack Holberg Because it makes me feel a lot better about my own creative inertia frankly Interestingly the book a Miles Franklin winner was apparently written as a response to Patrick White s The Vivisector Where that work focuses on the creative journey of its main character in a universal sense Astley s work does the same and finds as Kerry Packer said of the afterlife that there s nothing fucking there Rather than celebrating and analysing the meaning gleaned from a lifetime of hard creative toil Astley s writing suggests that there s fuck all to be gained by it Holberg a blind composer who s seen as some kind of modern composition Tiresias by the gullible audiences is really a terrible pants man who works barroom piano schtick into high art set pieces and treats his followers terribly Vesper his factotum and general dogsbody doesn t even have the benefit of sniffing the farts of success for his work he s regarded as some kind of knackered broken bloke though forever attaching himself to women who are attached to another character probably doesn t help with this It s interesting to see how many reviewers give this book an absolute bollocking The characters are unlikeable it s said and the proceedings pretentious And they re not wrong there s not a likeable person in here well unless you discount the leather wearing vibes playing geriatric aunt and it s a grim view of the world of creativity that Astley churns out here But I find a perverse enjoyment in it That could be because I like the sort of cacophony that Holberg trucks in but also because I like the fact that the book while brief accurately charts how even success carries a fair amount of failure inside it The book works most effectively as a study of codependence As an examination of how and why people stick together even to their detriment The narrator changes jobs and locations with a fair degree of detachment at times but cannot easily pull himself away from Holberg and his coterie of hangers on The Venn diagram of relationships in this thing is complicated and the areas of overlap are great there s no uniue relationships everything is corrupted by proximity and it takes momentous events destructive events to force change It s claustrophobic in the way only years long relationships can be Everything in the book seems rooted in reality but viewed slightly askance I mean the narrative starts off in a small ueensland town called Grogbusters But even so there s a sense of veracity in Astley s portraits of drawn out languor a capturing of the light that rings true It s what pulled me on when parts of the narrative dragged even though it s a brief book or when the gulf between 1972 and now seemed most apparent I really enjoyed this work and it s pushed me to move Astley into my to read pile If you like wanky modern classical music and the tales of people who ve cut off their ambition because they simply couldn t be arsed to make an effort then you ll like this If you re interested in the grimness of working for bureaucracy and the safety of picking what s easy and the undoubted shitfight that follows from such actions then this is definitely one for you After all something that is considered either brilliant or horseshit is worth a look right Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you discount the leather wearing vibes playing geriatric aunt and it s a grim view of the world of creativity that Astley churns out here But I find a perverse enjoyment in it That could be because I like the sort of cacophony that Holberg trucks in but also because I like the fact that the book while brief accurately charts how even success carries a fair amount of failure inside it The book works most effectively as a study of codependence As an examination of how and why people stick together even to their detriment The narrator changes jobs and locations with a fair degree of detachment at times but cannot easily pull himself away from Holberg and his coterie of hangers on The Venn diagram of relationships in this thing is complicated and the areas of overlap are great there s no uniue relationships everything is corrupted by proximity and it takes momentous events destructive events to force change It s claustrophobic in the way only The Geography of Witchcraft years long relationships can be Everything in the book seems rooted in reality but viewed slightly askance I mean the narrative starts off in a small ueensland town called Grogbusters But even so there s a sense of veracity in Astley s portraits of drawn out languor a capturing of the light that rings true It s what pulled me on when parts of the narrative dragged even though it s a brief book or when the gulf between 1972 and now seemed most apparent I really enjoyed this work and it s pushed me to move Astley into my to read pile If Hold On To Me you like wanky modern classical music and the tales of people who ve cut off their ambition because they simply couldn t be arsed to make an effort then Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you ll like this If Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you re interested in the grimness of working for bureaucracy and the safety of picking what s easy and the undoubted shitfight that follows from such actions then this is definitely one for Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you After all something that is considered either brilliant or horseshit is worth a look right

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Berg Beginning in obscurity as a piano player in Grogbusters a dreary little ueensland town the blind Holberg eventually gains international recognition a. Astley writes marvellous rich and readable short novels and this is no exception Her poet s sensibility and her talent for storytelling fuse in this book that is a classic for reason

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S a composer Vesper who had met Holberg during his less renowned period gives up an engineering career to serve the great man in a sense to become his eye. I went to Australia a couple months ago I got bit by a penguin which is maybe the highlight of my life Another highlight someone made a stuffed animal she calls them Grumps that looked like me complete with a little copy of On Subbing in its hands It was a totally amazing trip but there were a couple lowlights1 I saw a band that so egregiously ripped off the Promise Ring I felt embarrassed for them 2 I saw a Borat impersonator for whom I also felt embarrassed and3 I bought The AcolyteI bought it because I was intent on getting a novel by a female Australian author and this book won the 1972 Miles Franklin Award I also bought it because I liked the cover Apparently there s an adage warning against that which should be heeded I m not into this book at all There s no plot to speak of which isn t necessarily a bad thing but the characters aren t likeable and I don t care for the style of writing I wouldn t go so far as to say I felt embarrassed for Thea Astley though


9 thoughts on “The Acolyte

  1. says:

    Shockingly I’d never read any Thea Astley until I read The Acolyte I felt guilty about having not done so sure but it wasn

  2. says:

    #AWW2018 Winner Miles Franklin Award 1972 #Classic Strong point clever metaphors allusions to music Catholic rituals and hi

  3. says:

    So disappointing This was incredibly dated after wading through complex yet meaningless turgid prose for a couple of hours I abando

  4. says:

    The problem with literature is that you have to concentrate so hard to try to fathom what the author is actually saying it becomes a task rather than a pleasureThere are far interesting books that reuire concentration to read ie non fiction and far easier and pleasurable books to read ie novels

  5. says:

    Astley writes marvellous rich and readable short novels and this is no exception Her poet's sensibility and her talent for storytelling fuse in this book that is a classic for reason

  6. says:

    I’d expected that at only 158 pages The Acolyte would offer a uick and relaxing read in between some heavy dut

  7. says:

    Ugh I hate all these people and begrudge them every second of my life that was spent on them I'll exclude Sadie from this review because she's cool The rest however are the most insufferable ensemble I've come across for a very long time Thea Astley is clearly a brilliant writer to make me hate them all so much She has such an inte

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    I went to Australia a couple months ago I got bit by a penguin which is maybe the highlight of my life Another highlight someone made a stuffed animal she calls them Grumps that looked like me complete with a little copy of On Subbing in its hands It was a totally amazing trip but there were a couple lowlights1 I saw a band that s

  9. says:

    What a pleasure it is to read this witty intelligent bookSeehttpanzlitloverswordpresscom200

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