James McNaught’s New Novel Gulf is a Tapestry of Life in Rural Queensland so Finely Pictured That not a Single Aspect of the Portrayal Jars

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Gulf is reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s wonderful pen pictures of rural America. This novel could rank among the outstanding sagas of outback Australian life. It is an excellent read throughout

James McNaught has written a sensitive but uncompromising novel looking at life in a remote, isolated community in Australia. Gulf draws the reader on with a tight and fast moving story. It could well rank among the all time great novels of the Australian outback. Gulf has been published in conjunction with Lulu (http://www.lulu.com), the world’s fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books.

Gulf begins with a look at the Bluey, a happy go lucky but very selfish man. He is the mailman on the longest mail run in the world and also very greedy. He makes extra money by selling illegal alcohol to the Aborigines living on a local mission. Ray Walden has his own agenda as well. He comes to the north to further his own political agenda. These men inadvertently stumble into Ernie’s domain. He ‘owns’ this territory and rules it with an iron hand. Each of these men has their own goals but they cannot all be satisfied. What happens as they blunder into each other while pursuing their own goals with single minded devotion? What kind of cataclysm is waiting in the fearsome heat of the pre-monsoon storm season?

Gulf is reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s wonderful pen pictures of rural America and the unique characters that dwell therein. A tapestry of life in rural Australia with all the characters, the localities, the climate and the social life are so finely pictured that not one single aspect of the portrayal jars.

The story line is good and well maintained. The language is rough but not aggressively Australian and laced with typical wit. The racial prejudice is infiltrated throughout the story so imperceptibly that it becomes almost acceptable as a normal attitude. It is only as the story draws to its rather horrifying conclusion that the reader begins to realize its skillful condemnation of the average Australians apathy towards bad social attitudes and political intrigue. This is not to suggest that the tale degenerates into a lecture on morality.

Link to Publication*: http://www.lulu.com/content/172922


James McNaught has been writing for more than 20 years. He was the editor of Tidings magazine for five years and has written five correspondence courses for Emmaus Correspondence School. In 1994 he was awarded a merit certificate for outstanding accomplishment by the Writer’s Digest. He has a PhD from Louisiana Baptist University and was awarded 100% for his thesis.


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