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
Overlooking an old boatyard, in a city threatened by drought,
in a country wracked by unusual weather patterns, in a building
marked for demolition, a fugitive from art contemplates a blank
canvas, a jar of old brushes and a fresh page in his journal.
As he surveys the grounds on which he's lived and worked 'a mutinous crew'
conspire to take him on a voyage of salvage and recovery, into inner
city Auckland of the 'sixties to revisit the deaths which he believes
his early obsession is implicated.
A voyage to illuminate a looming personal and global disaster, to navigate
the shoals of art and politics, obsession and friendship, and the shifting
shores of modern art movements.
"...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. The abiding image
is that of good-hearted Troon who has lived through it all, out there as climate change
and sea levels rise, doing what he knows best: keeping the ocean out of the boat."
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