A Lifetime on Clouds: Text Classics
Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the 1950s - the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever. Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering 11 children by her. He even dreams a history of the world as a chronicle of sexual frustration. A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy's Complaint (Random House, 1969).
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'Unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today.' Australian 'A Lifetime on Clouds delighted me: I was particularly admiring of the author's unfailing ability to say just enough and no more.' -- Les Murray Sydney Morning Herald 'Murnane draws out a great deal of comedy from the distance between what his hero does and what he dreams.' Guardian 'If you only ever read one Gerald Murnane novel in your life, I urge you to make it this one.' -- Andy Griffiths in his introduction 'Gerald Murnane had me hooked from page one of what is his second novel, A Lifetime on Clouds. Murnane's wonderful imagination (and perhaps parallels with his own Catholic schoolboy upbringing) is exhibited through the hilarious and sincere tale of teenager Adrian Sherd, whose mundane 1950s family life in Melbourne suburbia is supplemented by his own wild imagination.' -- Readings
Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He spent some of his childhood in country Victoria before returning to Melbourne, where he lived for the next sixty years. In 1957 Murnane began training for the Catholic priesthood but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a primary-school teacher. He later taught creative writing. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974. It was followed by A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and five other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A History of Books. In 1999 he won the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature and, after the death of his wife, moved to north-west Victoria.