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'The Young Desire It is a revelation: a coming-of-age novel from 1937 that deserves a place alongside the classics in this genre. It's a feverish, fascinating, and surprising look into the mind of an adolescent discovering a sense of self in his quest for love. It's also a remarkably nuanced and moving portrait of the struggles of those around him to come to terms with their own lives and longings.' -- Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club 'A book to set beside James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man...The best novel I've read in a long, long time...One of the great stories of first love...Why isn't this stunning novel famous?' -- Michael Dirda Washington Post 'A hymn to youth, to life, to sexual freedom and moral independence.' -- David Malouf 'A beautifully written story of a sensitive boy's movement towards adult love.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Mackenzie's prose is at its most sparkling and most sensuous in this novel, and he evokes the hot Western Australian landscape with rare force...[The Young Desire It] is a pastoral charged with the awakening of desire, like spring.' Douglas Stewart 'The Young Desire It is an extraordinary novel, dazzling in its texture, wholly original in its vision, and heartbreaking in the power and freshness of the story it tells.' -- Peter Craven Australian Book Review 'The Young Desire It is one of the most brilliant, confident and unusual instances of a Bildungsroman in Australian literature.' -- Peter Pierce Sydney Review of Books 'Sensitive, vital and erotic.' -- Veronica Brady Australian Dictionary of Biography 'The Young Desire It reminds us there is more than a single line of descent in Australian literature...Mackenzie, who died, penniless and forgotten in his 50s, turns out to be a missing link in our literary tradition. The family tree burgeons at his return.' Weekend Australian 'An extremely impressive work of fiction that well deserves this reissue by Text Publishing...A novel to be welcomed back to Australian literature's available past.' Age 'The novel is distinguished by a rare sensitivity and an impressive ethical and psychological wisdom...its seamless narrative is able to probe the depths and ambiguities of its characters' personalities and lives.' SMH/Canberra Times 'The Young Desire It presents the adolescent boy's view with power and poignancy.' The Times 'A first novel of exceptional interest and originality.' Spectator 'The Young Desire It is suffused in such rich language and evocative allusions it is surprisingly hard to put aside.' NZ Weekend Herald 'This intensely personal work is a beautiful ode of colonial childhood.' Dominion Post/Weekend Press 'The growing intimacy between the two young people unfolds subtly and with great delicacy...With the power of language, Mackenzie creates an atmosphere of intimacy that is all his own.' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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