By Daneet Steffens
Updated January 15, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Eucalyptus

type
  • Book

In the pretty fairy tale of a novel Eucalyptus from down under native Murray Bail, a man with a beautiful daughter lives just outside a one-horse town in New South Wales. His problem? How to handle zillions of suitors eager for the lovely girl’s hand. The solution? Acres of eucalyptus trees: Whoever can name the hundreds of species the doting father has planted and grown gets the girl. To this tiny town, so deep in the Australian outback ”that the sign painter comes once every three years,” the men troop in, eucalyptus guides and eager hearts in hand. What mesmerizes in this sweet, swift story — with a wonderful twist at the end — is a river ”where smooth stones [lie] under water like pears suspended in syrup,” an endless parade of eucalyptus trees, and the deceptive course of true love. B

Eucalyptus

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Murray Bail
publisher
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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