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'One day,' Philip said, 'I'd like to build something bigger.... Like a house. We could just buy a block of land, you know, the four of us, and have a go.' It was just an idea. Then it started to take shape.
In this frank, funny and thought-provoking memoir, Richard Glover describes how he and his friend, Philip, and their partners built a house in the bush on weekends. It was a huge and exhausting undertaking...not least because they decided to use mudbricks.
'Imagine this - with mudbrick you have a building that is made out of the very earth it stands on.... There is another thing: the stuff is free. Once we buy the land we'll have no money left. This way we can get started as soon as we have the block.'
In the end it took three years simply to make the bricks. As for the house itself... But the process gave Richard the opportunity to examine things he had never quite reconciled to himself - big things, like what it means to be a man, the nature of male relationships, fatherhood – and to challenge himself in the kind of blokey environment he had rejected.
Above all, the mud house proved that even if it 'wasn't the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel', there is nothing like the satisfaction of making something with your own hands.
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By Shorty on 02-12-16
A funny piece
I found the piece quite funny. It showed friendship and growth. I remember being examined on my acting for HSC in Gary's House. Now I know the foundations for the play.
Richard also performed his voice quite well. It felt I was right there watching the house get built and the journey from its roots to the end.
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By nelly dean on 05-21-17
I loved this book . Really loved the relationship between Richard glover and his mate .. .. the whole story of the mud house is about the choosing of land and building of it. Those cherished memories of the trials and tribulations , inspirations . Relationships are what we humans do . The relationships in this story are not complex they are not simple either .. they just are .. and Debra .... the baked beans .... I really get that idea !