Wake in Fright

  • Title: Wake in Fright
  • Author: Kenneth Cook Peter Temple David Stratton
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  • Page: 197
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Wake in Fright May you dream of the devil and wake in fright John Grant knows he s in hell What he doesn t know is how to escape A young school teacher Grant is returning to Sydney for the holidays but must spend
    May you dream of the devil and wake in fright John Grant knows he s in hell What he doesn t know is how to escape A young school teacher, Grant is returning to Sydney for the holidays, but must spend a night in an outback mining town on the way He is introduced to the illegal two up gambling ring and quickly loses all his money In the company of some hard bitten and dMay you dream of the devil and wake in fright John Grant knows he s in hell What he doesn t know is how to escape A young school teacher, Grant is returning to Sydney for the holidays, but must spend a night in an outback mining town on the way He is introduced to the illegal two up gambling ring and quickly loses all his money In the company of some hard bitten and disturbing locals he is drawn into a frightening spiral of alcohol and drugs that takes him to the darkest depths of the male psyche Forty years since it first appeared this novel remains fresh, compelling and utterly gripping With an introduction by Peter Temple, and an afterword by acclaimed film critic David Stratton, this edition celebrates the re release of the film adaptation, a cinematic classic, digitally restored and returned to the big screen in 2009.

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    About Kenneth Cook Peter Temple David Stratton


    1. Born 1929, died 1987 Kenneth Cook was a prolific Australian journalist, film director, screenwriter, TV personality and novelist He is best known for his novel Wake in Fright, which became a modern classic and is still in print, and for his Killer Koala trilogy.


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    1. John Grant’s quiet pleasure at the thought of six weeks away from the dust, the heat and the flies; of being away from the tiny community where he taught a few students; of being in Sydney at the beautiful beaches, relaxing and getting the dust out of his system was euphoric. As he locked the school doors he was smiling – the journey on the train to Bundanyabba where he was only staying the night before flying to Sydney was imminent. He was on his way…“Yabba”, as the locals called it, [...]

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    2. “In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization; there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor; the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad; electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non-existent; there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls; and the people are saved from stark insanity by the one strong principle of progress that is ingrained for a thousand miles east, [...]

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    3. This short novel blew my mind. Disturbing. Funny. Horrific. Hypnotic. Cinematic. Addictive. Reads like a David Lynch film written by the love child of Cormac McCarthy, J D Salinger and Patrick Hamilton. Oh my god, I can't even tell you!

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    4. Gripping page turner about a rather annoying schoolteacher broke and burning up in an outback town. The construction of this nightmare is sudden and brutal, as-is the decline of our protagonist. The storytelling is hypnotic, more frightening for what it holds back than lets on. Happy to recommend this dark gritty Aussie classic.

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    5. Μόλις έμαθα ότι θα κυκλοφορούσε στα ελληνικά το βιβλίο αυτό από τις εκδόσεις Εξάρχεια, έπαθα την πλάκα μου. Μιλάμε για μεγάλη έκπληξη, αν λάβει κανείς υπόψιν ότι πρόκειται για ένα καλτ βιβλίο που γράφτηκε σχεδόν πενήντα πέντε χρόνια πριν και το οποίο ποτέ δεν έγινε best seller (α [...]

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    6. Wake In FrightI had imagined Kafka wakes up one morning and finds himself transported to the Australian outback in this novel by Kenneth Cook. How would Kafka handle the change from his gloomy overcast world to the heat and blazing sunlight of this outback isolation Hell?"Sweat, dust and beer there's nothing else out here mate!"It is not Hell at all to the characters who inhabit this place, it is heaven. The space, the light, the freedom to be yourself. No one judges anyone. One of the main key [...]

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    7. 4.5★sYoung, naive, clueless teacher John Grant travels from his remote school at Tiboonda to Bundanyabba (thinly disguised Broken Hill) for an overnight stay before he catches the plane to Sydney for the Christmas holidays. Arriving late at night, he searches for a meal and a cold drink in the stifling December heat. In the pub he gets dragged into the blokey male culture of the Yabba, which consists of drinking very large quantities of beer. From there, the intoxicated Grant is taken to a two [...]

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    8. got sent this one cos the publishers want me to do some puff about it that may end up on the re-release cover which i was hell stoked about as people will think im totes literary for being quoted on a book. so i gotta think of something pithy to say. feel free to throw me some suggestions. i need big, unfamiliar words. right now i got this: a real menacing bastard of a book. lean and terrifying. im never going for a holiday to broken hill or wherever it was meant to be. kenneth cole has construc [...]

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    9. Ξυπνάς ξημερώματα από εφιάλτη. Κάπου μεταξύ κουζίνας και μπαλκονιού, όσο για να πιεις τρεις κούπες καφέ, βυθίζεσαι σ' έναν άλλον εφιάλτη, γεμάτο αλκοόλ και λανθασμένες αποφάσεις. Δεν σταματάς να διαβάζεις πριν φτάσεις στο τέλος. Υπέροχο.

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    10. totally hypnotic. I was equally fascinated and repulsed but this book demanded to be read to the very end.

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    11. The story of John Grant, teaching in a three shanty town in the outback who yearns for the bright lights, women and beaches of Sydney. During the school break he sets out for Sydney but ends up waylaid in the town of Bundanyabba, and his descent into a"hell" of his own making begins. This is a powerful story, and packs an emotional wallop, a dark and sinister air pervades. The writing is visual and descriptive. You can see the heat haze coming off the land, feel the flies, the all pervasive dust [...]

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    12. Rural noir is big at the moment, if the interest in US writers like Donald Ray Pollock, Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell, is anything to go by.But while it is not be as well known, Kenneth Cook’s 1961 novel Wake in Fight is as good as anything that’s come out of the southern US, a searing story of masculinity, drinking and violence in regional Australia that still packs a punch today. Fear of being trapped in the outback, as we call the vast expanse of harsh terrain that makes up the majo [...]

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    13. If Summer of the Seventeenth Doll the movie was compromised beyond salvation by its attempts to Americanise it, Wake in Fright not only survived its international production team, but became, by all account a fine film which did justice to the book. I'm looking forward to finding a copy of it. Apparently the rights were first bought with Dirk Bogarde in mind as the star - perfect! Although that didn't happen, one of my favourite English actors played the role of the doctor when the movie finally [...]

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    14. ‘It might be fifty years since the novel appeared yet it retains its freshness, its narrative still compels, and its bleak vision still disquiets.…Cook can make us feel the heat, see the endless horizon, hear the sad singing on a little train as it traverses the monotonous plain.’Peter Temple, from the Introduction‘Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic. Cook’s prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last.’M. J. Hyland‘A classic novel [...]

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    15. Third Read (one day, off work, 4/3/16):But no, perhaps it would not do to tell a story about his adventures in the west.Yeah, yeah, Australia Australia Australia sure, that’s where it’s set. And it’s mostly men. So, masculinity. Yeah. And sometimes heterosexual men come into physical contact with each other (and look, if it’s a fight in a pub, I’ve been in those, out there, and I can tell you for sure that they were among the least erotic moments of my life, and it sure seemed the sam [...]

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    16. I remember this film from years ago. I can’t be sure if it wasn’t part of the Film Studies portion of my Year 10 English. Anyway, I remembered too much of the film, because as I read through this, I knew what was coming next and I wanted to scream at John Grant for not doing the stupid thing he was about to do.Because this is exactly what you want to do. A young man, drunk, making really dumb decisions based on what he sees around him. Those early scenes are quite surreal and you are engaged [...]

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    17. Légèrement plus sombre que ce que je lis d'habitude, mais intéressant et bien construit. Il y a des non dits qui laissent place à l'interprétation et à la discussion, ce qui donne une bonne profondeur.

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    18. I read this in two sittings. I went into it 'blind' without reading the blurb or any reviews which might give me an inkling about the content. The story started out harmless enough - school teacher John Grant can't wait to get out of his small town day-job and back to Sydney - but there was something about the writing which made me certain something horrible was going to happen. I physically trembled while reading this. Not because of the violence, but because I couldn't imagine this story havin [...]

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    19. Widerwillige vier Sterne für dieses Lost Weekend im Outback.Saufereien bis zum Suizid sind nicht so meine Liga, weder im wirklichen Leben noch in der Literatur. In jüngeren Jahren habe ich aber mehr als einmal erfahren, an was für Leute man so alles gerät, wenn man ohne Geld in einer fremden Stadt strandet. Dabei hat der glücklose Zocker Grant mit seinen Bekanntschaften und Gastgebern sogar verhältnismäßigen Dusel, niemand will ihm was Böses, alle sind superfreundlich in Yabba, spendier [...]

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    20. Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright, first published in 1961, is a true Australian classic.Billed as the first outback horror story, it brims with menace and suspense. In the introduction to this new Text Classics edition, Australian crime writer Peter Temple says it “probably set Australian tourism back at least twenty years” for the picture of outback life depicted here is a hellish and frightening one.It tells the story of a young school teacher who travels to a rough outback mining town call [...]

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    21. 'Powerful' is probably the most apt word here.He sat at his desk, wearily watching the children file out of the room, reflecting that, this term at least, it was reasonable to assume that none of the girls was pregnant.John Grant, a very young man from Sydney just out of university, has to work in a remote town as a teacher for three years to pay off the university debt. He saves his money all year to fly back to Sydney, to civilization (=air conditioning, snooty people, unreachable pretty girls [...]

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    22. 2 étoiles et demi. Pas la lecture la plus joviale, hein. Mais à cause de la description, je m'attendais à plus d'horreur que ça. Aussi, j'en ressors un peu déçue. Malgré tout, je suis vraiment intriguée par le film.

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    23. Fascinante historia que viene a decirnos que cada uno se busca su propia suerte y que si uno se empeña en ir de mal en peor, irá de mal en peor. A veces no existe la mala suerte, sino una elección desafortunada detrás de otra. Pánico al amanecer se lee muy rápido, aunque el ritmo se resienta en algunos momentos, pese a que la historia que se nos cuenta es de lo más patética.

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    24. It's difficult to pin down exactly why Kenneth Cook's novel is so creepy, but there is a definite element of menace that runs through every element of the novel. The outback characters' motives are benign and innocent on the surface, but somehow Cook makes them all the more ominous for these very reasons. Perhaps it's because our protagonist, John Grant, himself a rather unlikable antihero, distrusts them all. He is repulsed by them, constantly describing them as awful, troll-like creatures with [...]

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    25. I have been meaning to read this book since randomly stumbling on the movie on the internet, which really impressed me.It was a great read, and did not disappoint, as some books do, after seeing the film.The only issue I am left with, undecided, is what happened the night of the kangaroo hunt? I was raving to my friends about the movie, and one guy surprisingly said that movie is gay. And I was like, no, and he was adamant that Grant had sex with the doctor.After reading the book, I think it is [...]

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    26. ‘It might be fifty years since the novel appeared yet it retains its freshness, its narrative still compels, and its bleak vision still disquiets.…Cook can make us feel the heat, see the endless horizon, hear the sad singing on a little train as it traverses the monotonous plain.’Peter Temple, from the Introduction‘Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic. Cook’s prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last.’M. J. Hyland‘A classic novel [...]

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    27. A nightmarish odyssey through the Australian outback viewed through the eyes of a cultured schoolteacher. The journey is almost post-apocalyptic, involving shambling denizens of the desert, sirens of dubious moral fortitude and beer. So, so much beer.Most Australians will find common ground when reading about the drunken debauches, and many of the characters are echoed in the tamer boozing establishments of suburbia. To glimpse this riualised practice through fresh eyes really makes it stark how [...]

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    28. I bought this on a whim because I wanted to see the movie. I put it off for a few months because I thought I wasn't going to like it. I realised my error about two pages in. What a brilliant book - I read it in two sittings, I couldn't put it down. Such clear, emotive writing - so human, so heartfelt. Even though the protagonist knowingly brings everything that happens to him upon himself you feel so sorry for him - he is such a likeable, real person. What happens to him could happen to anyone. [...]

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    29. "The whole thing was just a morass of hopelessness" Entirely delightful.

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    30. Incómodo, violento y sucio. Te dejará seco.

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