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*Read Pdf Ø The Last Garden ⛏ The Settlement Of Wahrheit, Founded In Exile To Await The Return Of The Messiah, Has Been Waiting Longer Than Expected Pastor Helfgott Has Begun To Feel The Subtle Fraying Of The Community S Faith Then Matthias Orion Shoots His Wife And Himself, On The Very Day Their Son Benedict Returns Home From Boarding School Benedict Is Unmoored By Shock, Severed From His Past And His Future Unable To Be Inside The House, Unable To Speak, He Moves Into The Barn With The Horses And Chooks, Relying On The Animals Strength And The Rhythm Of The Working Day To Hold His Shattered Self Together The Pastor Watches Over Benedict Through The Year Of His Crazy Grief Man And Boy Growing, Each According To His Own Capacity, As They Come To Terms With The Unknowable Past And The Frailties Of Being Human Sometime in the 1800s, a farming community established in outback Australia by a German religious sect is not progressing well They are waiting for the Messiah and strangely he doesn t Benedict is a 15 year old who returns from boarding school to find his mother killed by his father who in turn kills himself Benedict goes and lives in the barn with his horses and chickens.This book is full of descriptive prose most of it rather bleak as madness, isolation, despair and depravity pervades the community But if you are into horses than this is a winner. For anyone who enjoys beautiful prose this is a novel for you I have just devoured it over a few days and have experienced a range of emotions from awe at the writing to shock and sadness within the story I cannot wait to see what Hornung produces next.
4.5 s The farm was alive as it had never been It was sinister, sentient Demanding The blue shadows lengthened, marching towards him The sun lit the stubble orange and flamed off the distant cliff of the escarpment The water in the creek whispered through reed beds and gurgled over rocks, as it always had, but now there were words in it sad, harsh, almost indistinguishable The grass rustled with quick lives and a secret knowledge the air was filled with buzz and sizzle, deep toned frogs, an owl all were shouting, scraping at him asking for some response from him The Last Garden is the second novel by Australian author, Eva Hornung When fifteen year old Benedict Orion comes home from boarding school to find his father has shot dead his mother and then himself, the only respite he can find from memories is in the barn In his grief, he becomes a recluse he shuns interaction with the well meaning townspeople of Wahrheit, and keeps company with the horses and chickens Pastor Edmund Helfgott s visits cause anxiety and anticipation in equal measure.Pastor Helfgott shields the boy from contact, allowing him to come to terms with his loss in his own way, praying this is the right thing to do He does worry about the boy s mental state But despite being a pastor s son, he has never felt he is doing an adequate job for his flock, never really filled the Old Pastor s shoes, relying on his father s sermons and the Book of Seasons his father wrote for the community in their new land And now, this murder suicide seems to be a catalyst for change in the small, exclusive community that the Old Pastor had founded so many years before, established in a new land to await the Second Coming Months later The Orion tragedy bled still, for somehow they had not gathered together and staunched the wound They had not taken the boy into the heart of the community and tended him in his grief They had not gathered axes, saws, adzes and the women, and marched out to the farm to clean up and rebuild his house No one yet blamed the pastor, but somehow they all felt a vague disquiet and sense of culpability The shock of Matthias s act had paralysed them, and Benedict had himself become part of the wound After some time, Benedict allows some memories to surface, good ones at first He had found Ada a collection of chickens beyond any flock Benedict had ever seen He produced each squawking specimen with a flourish, as a magician might, made it flap for Benedict, then tossed it this way or that into the pen, Benedict laughed with delight, and Ada, standing and watching, looked up first at the willow tree, then the pine tree, then smiled Each shrieking chicken wasspectacular than the last The final crate held a single enraged rooster Matthias mimed the danger, wrestled, and then extracted the most spectacular of them all he had a speckled tuxedo, a trailing tail, black and white and a yard long, and magnificent spurs Matthias swirled him, the tail feathers flying like streamers, then hurled him like a firework into the pen The rooster righted himself and spun, neck feathers fluffed for battle, to attack the fence near where they stood Hornung s second novel is filled with gorgeous descriptive prose as the year following the initial shocking event unfolds While the time period and location are not specified, her portrayal of what is probably 19th century country Victoria shows deep understanding of, and connection with, the land The mindset and feel of the tightknit religious community is also expertly conveyed This is a powerful and thought provoking read. A powerful book and the writing is mesmerisingMercuryAn extraordinarily powerful, unsettling and at times deeply moving tale Sydney Review of BooksHarrowing reading, yet it s beautiful too An extraordinary novelANZ LitLoversHornung has given an allegory for the modern world Genuine feeling for others is so muchimportant than adhering to doctrine In this novel, when the lessons are learned, the Garden of Eden can have a different ending Newtown Review of BooksHornung writes with extraordinary force and insight an amazing feat of imaginative power Canberra TimesAstonishing A strange, sombre, sobering triumph Sydney Morning HeraldThere s human violence and the strength of animals just gripping Australian The Last Garden is vivid, visceral and disconcerting The descriptions of animals are intensely empathetic, and the book raises fundamental and confronting questions about how our animal and our human selves can or should co exist Books PublishingEight years after the magical, Prime Minister s Literary Award winning Dog Boy,what a joy it is to have another beautifully wrought novel by Adelaide author Eva Hornung Adelaide AdvertiserLike all great literary fiction, The Last Gardenprovokes thought and empathy in equal measure This visceral and utterly compelling new novel represents an ambitious new layer to Hornung s continued investigation of the human condition, magnificently realised ReadingsThis is a novel that is calm and patient in its telling, and almost hypnotic in its effect What Hornung emphasises is that it s neither our hopes for the future, nor the suffering of our pasts, that saves us Rather, it s in the act of living the way we attune ourselves to the shifting demands of the world around us the use we make of the time between the first garden and the last that redemption is to be found AustralianIt s melancholy, beautiful, and deeply evocative Michael Cathcart admitted to the writer that he knew he was going to love it from page oneMichael Cathcart, Radio NationalEva Hornung understands how critical human relationships with animals can be GuardianYes, there are grotesque and sinister surprises aplenty in this weird prodigy of a book, but there is a lot of tenderness and an extraordinary beauty too Saturday PaperMelancholy, beautiful, and deeply evocative RN Books and ArtsFull of symbolism but not overpowered by it, this is a powerful book, and the writing is mesmerising Herald Sun The Last Garden is by no means a long read but it is a big novel Hornung s characters, in all their awed complexity, will stay with you long after the covers of this powerful book are closed Australian Book ReviewHornung s knowledge and deep respect for the spiritual and emotional relationships between humans and animals shine through in her exquisite, glittering prose This gentle, literary novel is a moving meditation on the heavy mist of grief, and will bring back a dark solace to the tormented heart Big IssueFull of symbolism but not overpowered by it, this is a powerful book, and the writing is mesmerising Townsville BulletinHornung is a writer of extraordinary power, using her omniscient narrator to inhabit the minds of Benedict s father, the grieving child and the faltering pastor, following the flux of their thoughts with elegance and precision An unusual and hypnotic novel AgeDeep despair was cushioned by gorgeous writing in Eva Hornung s The Last Garden Bram Presser, Sydney Morning Herald s Year in Reading