My friends at The Book Depository sent me Spirit House by Mark Dapin today. I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Spirit House is about a POW (prisoner of war) on the Thai-Burma railway who drinks too much trying to escape the horrors of his past. But when his thirteen-year-old grandson comes to visit him, the stories of what happened in the days of the war comes back to him. The story is about “the bonds of a life-long friendship and the bonds of grief, and of a young boy making sense of his future while old men try to live with their past.”
It was published 2011 in Australia (author Mark Dapin is called a “major new voice in Australian fiction” after Spirit House and his previous novel King of the Cross) and has been called “Best Australian novel of the year” and been longlisted for Miles Frank Award 2011, shortlisted for The Age Book of the year Award, commended for the Christina Stead Prize and featured in four Australian “Books of the Year 2011” roundups. ABC said this about Spirit House: “This is a book destined for classic status in every sense of the word. It is powerful, poignant, moving, tragic and intensely distressing. It is a feast of a story which will almost simultaneously move you to tears and bring a smile to your face.”
It’s hard not to be curious about Spirit House. Will keep you posted on my progress.