A Short History of Richard Kline: A Novel by Amanda Lohrey

By Amanda Lohrey

I woke with a puff. And lay at the hours of darkness, open-mouthed, protecting my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling used to be indescribable. For a second I had felt as though I have been falling . . . falling into bliss.

All his existence, Richard Kline has been haunted via a feeling that whatever is missing. He envies the convenience with which others slip into contented suburban existence or the pursuit of wealth. As he strikes into center age, Richard grows indignant, cynical, depressed.

But then an odd occasion, a profound epiphany, awakens him to another lifestyle. He reveals himself on a quest, virtually opposed to his will, to unravel the “divine discontent” he has suffered considering the fact that formative years. From prescription drugs to New Age treatments to discovering a guru, Richard's trip dramatises the quest for which means in cutting-edge world.

This audacious novel is an exploration of masculinity, the magical and our very human longing for anything extra. it really is hypnotic, nuanced and Amanda Lohrey's best delivering but - a pilgrim's development for the right here and now.

Shortlisted, 2015 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted, 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes

Longlisted, 2016 Stella Prize

‘Lohrey’s language in the course of the novel is a searing satisfaction … with out patronising, disparaging or turning into a sentimental companion, she will get contained in the head of a major guy congenitally at the brink.’ —Age

‘The nature of such mystical questing calls for a balance of velocity and a commanding sort as a way to hinder it floating up and away into the unfathomable … Lohrey’s ability is in holding us suspended within the cocoon of an idea – “Is this all there is?’ – a question that hums out and in of our personal lives throughout the day, yet which could without notice ring out on darkish nights with a deafening thunder.’ —Saturday Paper

‘[A] lyrical, daring exploration’ —Australian publication Review

Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she used to be presented the Patrick White Literary Award.

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