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@E-pub ⚢ The Glade Within The Grove ê Winner of the Miles Franklin AwardTwo of David Foster s previous books, Dog Rock and The Pale Blue Crochet Coathanger, feature the eccentric postman D Arcy D Olivieres, a great and memorable creation, and one who makes a welcome return to Foster s fiction in The Glade Within the Grove Now the retired postman of Dog Rock, D Arcy recalls a time when he was a fill in postman at a small town called Obligna Creek There he discovers an unpublished manuscript in an old mailbag The Ballad of Erinungarah, written by Orion As D Arcy himself says, Weird piece of work Back then I m not sure I understood the implications But I have thought about little else since D Arcy becomes obsessed by the Ballad and the events it describes, and writes The Glade Within The Grove as a gloss on the Ballad, and investigation of events that happened nearly thirty years ago namely the establishment of a commune in the late s, deep in the forest country of the Far South Coast, somewhere near the NSW Victorian border The valley is a paradise, populated sparsely by isolated logging and rural families It is literally stumbled upon by a famous s rock guitarist, Michael Ginnsy, who loses his dog in the valley, goes in to find him, is taken under the wing of two old hippies, Phryx and Gwen, who show him the way out of the inaccessible and impenetrable valley Returning to Sydney, he can t stop talking about this idyllic place, and is eventually persuaded by a motley group of people at a wake for Martin Luther King to let them join him and attempt to find the valley So they set off in the Kombi hippies, a former pin up girl, a drug dealer, junkies, rich kids looking for excitement, a Marxist In the days of the anti Vietnam movement, this disparate group are all variously pursuing alternative lives, so a commune is the obvious answer when they literally stumble again upon the valley paradise The link between country and city is forged when Attis, a foundling looked after by the logging family, and Diane, the youngest, feistiest and most radical of the city group, meet at a rodeo and instantly fall in love Then they find abandoned the hut where the old hippies Phryx and Gwen lived, and discover they were killed by a lone anti logging terrorist, who has found a Sacred Grove ofyear old cedars deep in the valley, and is trying to protect them from the outside world Newcomers and suspicious old timers must work together to save paradise from the madman A book about the establishment of a hippie commune in 1968 69 in southern New South Wales The story is told by a retired postman, who discovers the manuscipt of an epic porm on the topic in the bottom of an old mail bag, The Ballad of Erinungarah He asked a friend, Kimberley Moon, about the poem, and tried to follow up the events of 27 years previously, when the members are scattered or dead, and the children have grown up, I found it an interesting and good read, and found it particularly in A book about the establishment of a hippie commune in 1968 69 in southern New South Wales The story is told by a retired postman, who discovers the manuscipt of an epic porm on the topic in the bottom of an old mail bag, The Ballad of Erinungarah He asked a friend, Kimberley Moon, about the poem, and tried to follow up the events of 27 years previously, when the members are scattered or dead, and the children have grown up, I found it an interesting and good read, and found it particularly interesting because the people involved in starting the commune were about my age, and in the same period I was involved in starting a commune, though of a rather different kind Another reason for finding it interesting is that, though the location was fictional, the general area was at one time the home a relative of my wife Val Her name was Agnes Green, and she lived a very interesting life, part of it in Southern New South Wales Her first husband, William Wilson, was drowned in the Tuross River there, in 1852, when it was the scene of a gold rush In addition to starting the commune in a very isolated valley, the inmates also developed a neopagan cult, in which several of the males of the group emasculated themselves The narrator, the eccentric retired postman D Arcy D Olivera, interprets this in the light of James Frazer s The Golden Bough, and sees parallels with the ancient cult of Cybele The style reminded me of some of the books of Peter Tinniswood, such as A touch of Daniel, which give a vivid picture of life in the vicinity of Manchester in England in the same period Tinniswood s writing was contemporary, while Foster s book was written nearly 30 years afterwards, and occasionally makes remarks about not meing sure whether some things were true to the period I d be interested in knowing what people from Australia who were alive at that time think of its authenticity of description I enjoyed it, but perhaps younger people, who have no memories of that period, might not like it so much