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
...I remember too, one day looking out from our council flat
in Collingwood St, Freemans Bay, seeing the cranes arriving
and the mirror glass rising and jotting down a line for a poem
which turned into something else."
"Something Else is a big book but nonetheless tight and rhythmic in style,
a style imbued with a certain whimsiness, touch of comedy and frivolity,
yet all credible and quite joyous. The perservering reader is well rewarded
by a book richly evocative of scene - Auckland in the fifties and sixties
is 'nailed' and the old mariner and the shipyard are wonderful.
"Parkyn has his very own voice as a writer, there is a quality that's tantalising
and real, ethereal yet believable. Overall a remarkable piece of work."
"...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....
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