This fascinating novel is really special. It won a significant literary award back in 1996, and you can see why. The characters, the atmosphere and the plot combine to make something that resonates with the reader. The proficient Colm Tóibín has praised the “poetic” style of the book.
If a novel should take a reader on a thought-provoking journey, ‘The Conversations at Curlow Creek’ certainly hits the mark. At times, I was reminded somewhat of Sir William Golding- however, there is a refreshing shot of optimism in what Malouf produced that makes his narrative quite different from the typical output of the winner of the Nobel Prize.
When it comes to possible flaws, ‘The Conversations at Curlow Creek’ is a little brief. However, the content of the tale could not be stretched out without damaging the structure of the story. This reflective work is enjoyable and worth obtaining if you have not read it.