The Resource Help me, Jacques Cousteau, Gil Adamson

Help me, Jacques Cousteau, Gil Adamson

Label
Help me, Jacques Cousteau
Title
Help me, Jacques Cousteau
Statement of responsibility
Gil Adamson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Help Me, Jacques Cousteau presents the life and times of Hazel and her brother Andrew, who are born into an extraordinary family of modern-day eccentrics. It is through Hazel's observant but detached eyes that we watch the family's goings-on, her unflinching vision informed by the precocious perception that however bad things may be they are only likely to get worse. She watches with bemusement as they go through the rituals of a Christmas dinner that culminates in attending the funeral of a man not one of them knew, and of a wedding that ends with the bride storming out. She senses that her mismatched parents, narcoleptic and impractical North and prosaic Janey, are headed for a rupture but is content to let things unravel in their own ineluctable fashion. Hazel's younger brother Andrew shows signs of following in the family's unconventional footsteps with his addiction to TV, his bizarre questions ('If you had to kill your best friend or your parents, which would it be?'), and his strange inventions, like solar-powered curtains. Yet however odd and even slightly menacing the world inhabited by these fully-fleshed characters, there is an unnerving familiarity to their dilemmas and discordancies that makes the stories resonate with conviction. This funny and poignant portrait of an offbeat family showcases Adamson's powerful prose, which uniquely combines a scientist's attention to detail, a comic's delivery and a poet's ear
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Help me, Jacques Cousteau, Gil Adamson
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • mel
Control code
000046867317
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
197 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780887847998
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b25338948
System control number
  • (OCoLC)710976659
  • sks1408811464

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Melbourne Burwood CampusBorrow it
      221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, AU
      -37.846510 145.115099
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