Saturday February 22, 2020

Superb satire skewers pretensions of privileged Australians

Educated, comfortable Sydney dwellers are devastatingly pilloried as having become morally unmoored by cosy privilege in Michelle de Kretser’s fifth novel

11th February, 2018
Michelle de Kretser: a book crammed with rich delights

FICTION: The Life To Come, By Michelle de Kretser, Allen & Unwin, €10.35

‘My naturopath has me on a caffeine-free protocol,” says Pippa when offered a cup of tea. It’s a classic example of the sort of carry-on that is mercilessly skewered throughout Michelle de Kretser’s fifth novel.

The ninnyish novelist is the conduit through which much of the acid critique of the social (in both the...

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