The Old Man in the Mountain and Other Stories

by Fairbanks

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/4/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781452511498
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 282
ISBN : 9781452511504

About the Book

Exploring widely diverse settings—from the wilds of the Australian Outback to urban adventures to biblical lands—this collection of short stories, poems, and other writings celebrates what it is to be Australian. It encompasses love, revenge, debauchery, wonder, loss, and uncertainty, but a common thread of hope emerges from the colourful and eccentric writings of bush author Fairbanks.

An elder Aboriginal storyteller regales a group of eager tourists with an ancient story of betrayal, loss, and clever deception by “The Old Man in the Mountain.” In “Tjamiti Ngunytji,” an American youth is rescued by a character living in a remote outback Aboriginal community. After the devastating Black Saturday Bushfire destroyed his Victoria home and manuscripts, Fairbanks was inspired to capture the fleeting reflections of such an experience in “The Smouldering Stump.”

Life is, has always been, and will continue to be a complex thing, shaped by friendship and love bonds, ugliness and conflict, anticipation and uncertainty, comedy and joy, tragedy, mystery, and more. Above all, there is hope and beauty for those who look for it. The Old Man in the Mountain and Other Stories celebrates the many threads in the colourful tapestry of life with the quirky, sometimes irreverent Aussie sense of humour.

About the Author

The author was conceived in Fairbanks, Alaska, and honours his place of origin with his pen name. Born and raised in the American Pacific Northwest, he immigrated to Australia in the 1970s. He has enjoyed a full career as a teacher, including work in remote Aboriginal schools in central Australia. Currently, he operates a remote campground in the outback.