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Town of Whispers

January 3, 2013

The Double Life of Zumba Instructor Alexis Wright, and the Prostitution Scandal That Tore Apart Kennebunk, Maine

Many in the picturesque Maine town of Kennebunk — a short trip from the Bush-family compound — knew that the sweet, friendly Zumba teacher was leading a double life. 4,650 more words

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The Swan Book


The Swan Book by Alexis Wright is not an easy read.

The narration bounces between characters’ minds, omniscient but still unreliable. It took me a long time to figure out who the characters were, and through out the story, I had trouble figuring out what was a flashback or a memory. 278 more words

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le plumage d'un cygne  

Un cygne qui s’était évadé de sa cage,
Et, de ses pieds palmés frottant le pavé sec,
Sur le sol raboteux traînait son blanc plumage.

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Winston Churchill's swans, their graves

She saw small graves of black swans with people standing around the little brown plots of earth, including Sir Winston Churchill, mourning his war gift from Australia before World War II.

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Warren Finch's cat

She was guided by an orange, grey, black and white marbled cat that ran ahead and led her into its favourite room.

(Alexis Wright, The Swan Book, ‘The Christmas house’)

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salt lake country

They felt the presence of the enormous white glistening body that contained the quietness of a resting serpent spirit fellow who was listening deeply to hear even an insect perching on its skin, come there to recite its song.

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swans

Asking the breezes to send greetings to a time when women stitched those white and gold swans in treasured embroidery that became heirlooms, before they fled along broad rivers towards the sea where white soot-stained swans were nesting in the burnt marshes.

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