Arcadian Daze : Xavier Savage in Monarchsland (little stories from a big world)

Xavier Savage's progress to understanding life. A satirical, serious, and whimsical telling of episodes in the childhood of Xavier Savage, citizen of Monarchsland, a semi-fictional state of Australia, as he strategises a fail-safe way to avoid the eternal fires of hell, and at puberty, finds love, and loses it, just before a vital fact of life is made very clear to him. More

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About Anthony W Blake

Sep 2012: Brisbane, Queensland. Australia.
Some influences: 'Voss' by Patrick White, 'Portrait of the Artist' by James Joyce, and 'The Way We Civilise' by Rosalind Kidd.


Review by: Geoff S on Jan. 5, 2013 : (no rating)
Arcadian Daze is a hilarious novel rich in its discussion of the trepidations, felicitations and adventures of youth and childhood. The novel is written from the point of view of a child, Xavier (X) Savage. His father is an often absent doctor who smokes Craven O cigarettes and is more often absent when the rest of his family say The Rosary. 
Set both in Queensland in the 1960s and also in Blake's imagination in the Queensland of the 1840s (from the point of view of a mad penal governor), this novel gives us an unabashed ride through the psyches of Queenslanders. The novel also carries us through the Scenic Rim country of South East Queensland as the protagonist adventures with his elder siblings. X is troubled and engaged by his perceptions of what is venerable. He is also obsessed by what it might take to make it to heaven in the after-life while enduring the least amount of pain possible in the now life. X also finds himself surrounded by siblings who are less mystically minded than himself but who are determined to experience the metaphysics of their landscape. 
The author Anthony W Blake takes us into the obliquely prejudiced world of a child in a time in 60s Australia which was full of prejudice. 
The hero of Blake's novel is without prejudice to his fellow man, although he suffers the affliction of Billy Budd in a world not unlike that of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. After reading this novel one is invigorated by the rich world of the child and life as it was in sunny Queensland in the 1960s and the 1840s.
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