Though this novel is set very much in the present the beginnings of the Auckland
art market are also there. The reader is dropped into the 1960s and even further back
into the infinitely hospitable culture of shared flats in an old mansion in St Mary's Bay
and a shed by the water that when the door opens looks as if a tidal wave has swept debris
inside. It's a mere hint of the dire situation the inhabitants of earth are in, not described
but penetrating the saga and the wonderings of the adventurers as they sail off to catch
that elusive iceberg.
This is a novel populated with artists, poets and boat builders all living their craft
as inner necessity, loyal, loving, and suspicious of one another by turns as they set
off together on surreal adventures. And who is the protagonist? Eventually the connections
become apparent through the riffs of anecdotes and haze of narcotics, for nothing is explained
or commented on but casually and intensely recounted by the one who is keeping a logbook
from the moment he meets his mentor, the mysteriously named Troon.
First published last year in a small print run this book has attracted a growing number
of readers who delight in its quirky humour and exuberant language while appreciating
the serious themes and rich depth of experience that informs this 'voyage'.
Being the record of an expedition to locate and capture an iceberg
seen to be somewhere off the coast of the South Island
last seen buried deep within Freemans Bay
"...The freshness of Something Else - besides Sally Griffin's lovely,
expressionist illustrations at the head of each chapter - is that it tells a story
from our recent history that has seldom been told: the death of all those lush,
hippy dreams in the arid, consumerist wasteland of the 21st century.
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