That Hilarious Supplement: Gerald Murnane’s A Lifetime on Clouds
Gerald Murnane's second novel, A Lifetime on Clouds, was published in 1976, only two years after Tamarisk Row. It is Murnane's last attempt at anything resembling a conventional novel, and also his most under-rated and least studied book. Appropriately enough for a story whose action takes place largely on suburban and country trains, A Lifetime on Clouds is a place where we can see Murnane's fictive intent switching tracks and setting off towards new objectives—objectives that could not have been approached from any other direction.
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