Sunday, March 30, 2008

Adrian Hyland in the Philadelphia Inquirer

My review of Adrian Hyland's novel Moonlight Downs (a.k.a. Diamond Dove) appears in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here to read the online version.

A heads-up: I liked the book.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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6 Comments:

Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Well done a tempting review, Peter.
I must read Diamond Dove which has been on my tbr pile for a while now. The different names publishers give the same book are very confusing.

March 30, 2008  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks. Some Australians here in the blogosphere were no fans of the title change. Perhaps Soho was being a bit cautious. I am told, as I said, that Soho wanted to avoid confusion between Diamond Dove and Diamond Dust. I'm not sure whether their fear was more for readers, or for booksellers. I have read more than one account -- once on this blog, from the author in question -- of Amazon offering two versions of the same book together under its "cheaper when you buy together" promotion, so title changes can create confusion of their own.

Moonlight Downs is not a bad title, though. It's the name of the area where Emily Tempest's Moonlight mob lives.

March 30, 2008  
Blogger Simona said...

Very nice, Peter. I enjoyed reading the review and I am tempted to get the book.

March 30, 2008  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks. It's a funny and warm-hearted book that I hope draws a huge readership -- huge enough that maybe the publishers will bring Adrian Hyland over to the U.S. for a book tour for his next novel. He seems like a jovial, intelligent sort, and he has a wide range of literary interests.

March 30, 2008  
Blogger Barbara said...

Good book, well worth a read. It makes me realize how much I have to learn about Australia's aboriginal people and their culture. The narrative voice of Emily Tempest is wonderful.

April 01, 2008  
Blogger Peter said...

It's nice to find North American fans of this wonderful book. One little-remarked aspect of Diamond Dove/Moonlight Downs is that its action takes place after Australia's Aboriginal peoples have already won court victories awarding them legal right to their ancient lands. The book is not content with the undoubted exhilaration that people must have felt over such victories. It has moved beyond that to the everyday challenges of everyday life.

April 02, 2008  

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