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Publisher's Summary

On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is nineteen her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree. Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt. And then, walking among her father’s trees, Ellen chances on a strange young man who in the days that follow tells her dozens of stories set in cities, deserts, faraway countries....
Haunting and mesmerising, Eucalyptus illuminates the nature of storytelling itself.
©1998 Murray Bail (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"...[I]t's a pleasure simply to be immersed in Bail's caprice-prone mind." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Curious power is precisely what this novel delivers. Part of its charm is its style, the quirky sentences that rarely go where we expect, the sinister Arthur Machenesque beauty of the landscape descriptions, the meandering stories that fail to deliver their expected allegories, that never really end but instead begin others." (The Washington Post)
"One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature." (Michael Ondaatje)
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By Ben on 05-10-14

COULDN'T BE SAVED

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After ploughing through the first 4 Chapters, I realised that the even the best Voiceover Actor in the business (Humphrey Bower) couldn't save this book.<br/>It was slow moving and boring in the extreme. Indeed, it felt like attending a schoolboy lecture in botany.

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By cate edwards on 06-25-16

A joy to listen

Very unusual story. There was not a huge plot ... Just beautiful writing that meanders till the end. I will be looking for more from this author... And the narrator was perfect.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-24-16

Not my type of book

Would you try another book written by Murray Bail or narrated by Humphrey Bower?

A disappointing buy on my behalf. Just couldn't get into it.

If you’ve listened to books by Murray Bail before, how does this one compare?

First time I have listened

Would you listen to another book narrated by Humphrey Bower?

Yes

What character would you cut from Eucalyptus?

None, just not my style

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By Karen on 09-29-16

silver princess

loved it. ah moment when all the trees were named in aluminium. beautiful scenery. thanks.

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