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In this poignant and eventful novel D'Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest? Starkey Moore is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows' opinion. Yet he is no figure from a morality play; he is vital, humorous, coura In this poignant and eventful novel D'Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest? Starkey Moore is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows' opinion. Yet he is no figure from a morality play; he is vital, humorous, courageous and completely shocking, as unadorned truth and candour always must be. Across his path comes the young , lonely Joey, his very opposite, tender, vacillatory, carnal and priggish by turns, needing a hero and insisting upon finding one. This story of friendship and archaic disaster is played out against a remote landscape during a flare-up of nationalistic rage and hysteria. The mellow meditative style conceals a steely framework of tense and suspenseful story. With a Kazantzakis-like simplicity and inevitability D'Arcy Niland leads the reader towards the crashing last chapter. This is D'Arcy Niland's last novel, finished only a short time before he died, and this book contains the full story as it was written. No ISBN.


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In this poignant and eventful novel D'Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest? Starkey Moore is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows' opinion. Yet he is no figure from a morality play; he is vital, humorous, coura In this poignant and eventful novel D'Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest? Starkey Moore is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows' opinion. Yet he is no figure from a morality play; he is vital, humorous, courageous and completely shocking, as unadorned truth and candour always must be. Across his path comes the young , lonely Joey, his very opposite, tender, vacillatory, carnal and priggish by turns, needing a hero and insisting upon finding one. This story of friendship and archaic disaster is played out against a remote landscape during a flare-up of nationalistic rage and hysteria. The mellow meditative style conceals a steely framework of tense and suspenseful story. With a Kazantzakis-like simplicity and inevitability D'Arcy Niland leads the reader towards the crashing last chapter. This is D'Arcy Niland's last novel, finished only a short time before he died, and this book contains the full story as it was written. No ISBN.

33 review for Dead Men Running

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I began reading this book in an attempt to make room for some new books on my 'Australia' shelf, but I knew from the first few pages that I wouldn't be parting with it afterwards. Dead Men Running by D'Arcy Niland (1917-1967) had me captivated from the first words, narrated by Joey: Tuesday Evening, 1916 I heard the front door slam, the feet clattering up the stairs like the rataplan of drums. The door flew back and rebounded as he charged in, wet as a shag, full of the excitement and urgency of a I began reading this book in an attempt to make room for some new books on my 'Australia' shelf, but I knew from the first few pages that I wouldn't be parting with it afterwards. Dead Men Running by D'Arcy Niland (1917-1967) had me captivated from the first words, narrated by Joey: Tuesday Evening, 1916 I heard the front door slam, the feet clattering up the stairs like the rataplan of drums. The door flew back and rebounded as he charged in, wet as a shag, full of the excitement and urgency of action. I would have asked him who was chasing him only the violence and grimness I sensed shut my mouth on the words. He said nothing. He swiftly crossed the room, a slish of oilskins drippling water, and dragged the tin trunk from under his bed. "What is it?" I said. "What's up?" He had two guns in there, the one he settled Amos Frost with and the unlicensed one the police knew nothing about. He checked and pocketed that and pushed the trunk back. (p.11) ... wet as a shag ... a slish of oilskins... can't you just see him standing there, in his Driza-Bone? Finished only two days before D'Arcy Niland's death at the untimely age of only 49, Dead Men Running was published posthumously by his widow Ruth Park. This is the blurb from the first edition dustjacket: In this poignant and eventful novel D'Arcy Niland presents the question: What really happens when the ordinary world of evasion and pretence meets a man who is completely honest? Starkey Moore is this man, an island unto himself, impartial to mores or morals, traditional thinking or his fellows' opinion. Yet he is no figure from a morality play; he is vital, humorous, courageous and completely shocking, as unadorned truth and candour always must be. Across his path comes the young, lonely Joey, his very opposite, tender, vacillatory, carnal and priggish by turns, needing a hero and insisting upon finding one. This story of friendship and archaic disaster is played out against a remote landscape during a flare-up of nationalistic rage and hysteria. The mellow meditative style conceals a steely framework of tense and suspenseful story. With a Kazantzakis-like simplicity and inevitability D'Arcy Niland leads the reader towards the crashing last chapter. This is D'Arcy Niland's last novel, finished only a short time before he died, and this book contains the full story as it was written. It's a remarkable story, and the blurb does the character of Joey a bit of a disservice. This is a coming-of-age story in which hero-worship confronts the reality of human nature. Though the story is set in 1916, the reader learns through flashbacks that Joey was orphaned in Ireland, came to Australia as a teenager to escape poverty and make a new life for himself, and soon found himself work with the Larrissey family who treated him like a son. But things went awry when Joey witnessed the indiscretion of his employer's wife, and he had the maturity to recognise that her fear of exposure had soured their relationship irrevocably. So he left, and soon found himself alone in a strange town, friendless and sick. Shivering with fever on the teeming streets of Hope, he was ignored by passers-by until Starkey rescued him, took him home and nursed him back to health. To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2019/07/31/d...

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