the Unaustralians

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Maxine is mad. Her best friend is dead and she blames Australia. That's right - the whole country! She grabs her boyfriend Henry and hits the road, looking for meaning, kicks and vengeance. Their quest leads them into a frightening world of activists, breatharians, eclipse-chasers and techno freaks. They trip through Nimbin, Canberra and Sydney. But they won't give up. They are the UNAUSTRALIANS. More
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Review by: asmikemiller on Jan. 9, 2017 :
THE UNAUSTRALIANS oppose a mediocracy that refuses to acknowledge the needs of the planet, the people, each other. They intend to rise above suburbia and recreate the world one way or the other. Of course we’re talking about the young and righteous and otherwise insane.

Enter these pages to be immediately reintroduced to yourself at seventeen: certain, ignorant, and utterly sincere. Max embraces the obvious inadequacy, even active evil of the system as evidenced by her experience of Canberra. She’s ready for violent action: “I’m talking about the barricades here. I’m talking about throwing paving stones at the police and setting cars on fire.” Not so Henry, the stoner boyfriend she drags in her wake.

They’re off on a rollicking ride at first, a confused road trip peopled with protesters of primarily the pacifist if radical variety. Outsiders, all of them, members of a varied but dynamic fringe. But one can either save trees or blow up towers, and Max is entranced by the profoundly troubled Jenny Mental, and ready to leave behind idealistic dreams for effective action. Jenny, buoyed by this support, is eager to oblige, and then anger takes the lead.

The writing is smooth and utterly fresh, the transitions surprising but natural. Casual descriptions are apt and delightful. A city brings “unique individuals with different faces and hat sizes.” Max notes chimneys “stuck up into the sky like cannons designed to shoot down the sun.” There is a wonderful sense of absurdity, of the heartbreaking ridiculousness of the naïve but earnest: a young couple attempts to literally live on air: “Total merging with the higher vibrations.” A boy is an eclipse-chaser, or anyway wants to be, GPS willing. I couldn’t easily visualize Max despite a description, but I knew her and she functioned well in the novel, her adventures and subsequent decisions seemingly inevitable. Jenny Mental virtually repels us from the page, while a host of conformists – family, educators, authorities – either stand uselessly aside or help to viciously marginalize the troublemakers.

Be advised: the end comes quickly, a shock. That’s the point.
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Review by: Natalia Vereshchagina on Aug. 26, 2016 :
It is a story about a female student who cannot find any harmony between herself and the world she lives in. Her hostility to the modern society, to the whole system she belongs to gradually turns into rebellion, somewhat ugly form of fighting for freedom, for freethinking. It can be taken now as madness. But who can show the boundaries of sanity? Who can see the line, upon crossing which madness grades into disease? Who can distinguish rebelliousness and insanity? And is it bad to go against a stream of muddy water if you are in search of a crystal spring? I find some conceptual affinities between this novel and "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" and "The catcher in the rye" as well.
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Review by: exterminatingangel on Dec. 27, 2015 :
Amazing, unique, one of a kind. Exactly the reason why novels were invented – to reveal hitherto unknown dimensions of human experience... to explore brave new narrative realms... to make us laugh and think.

The start is rather heavy, unsettling and existential. From there it mutates into a farcical rollercoaster on a colision course to a ridiculous ending.

If you don't know much about Australia I believe this book will make a fine introduction. I wouldn't say this is a perfect novel but it's one of the best I've read in a long time.
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Review by: tippy peters on Dec. 4, 2013 :
Rarely do I read an Australian novel that challenges me to question the social norms and political corruption in this country. It made me want to leave my job, buy a Combie and take to the open road ... I didn't, but at least the book allowed me to escape on a wild road trip around the country, experiencing the dramas and tribulations of Maxine.
I found the Unaustralians to be a genuine cry for help in a country full of apathetic Liberal voters.
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