Fire FireAuthor: Eva Sallis
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
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Featured in the September, 2004 magazine
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'Musicians, artists and poets,' Acantia says. 'That's what you'll be. Just like Pa and me.' She sighs happily. 'No contaminants here! You'll be as pure as the Aborigines.'The Houdinis have escaped the great world to Whispers, a dilapidated and isolated farm in the heart of the Australian bush. Acantia Houdini the painter has grand plans. Her seven children and famous violist husband are to become self-sufficient, and creativity will rule. All is not, however, home-grown spinach and classical music. The family is under threat from the outside and from within.Ursula watches her brothers and sisters adapt, thrive and then wither as they experience a bewildering mix of love, neglect and cruelty. Ursula grows slowly to a full awareness of her skewed world and is driven ultimately to escape. But it will cost her more than she can guess. Family is everything. She has everything to lose.Fire Fireis shocking, absurd, tender and grotesque. In language spun with masterly control and much humour, Sallis captures the resilience and confusion of growing up. A completely surprising story of love and damage.
Written in florid, poetic language that slips into hyperbole, there is the macabre flavour of Lord of the Flies in Sallis's exploration of the suffering humans can inflict on others. Fire Fire promises humour, but I found little.
Review by: Claire Scobie