Thomas Keneally and the Scheme of Things


“Acknowledges Keneally’s seeming contradiction of being both a popular and serious novelist. Yet argues that in spite of the popular elements in his work, Keneally shows a keen awareness of the individual’s precarious position in ‘the scheme of things,’ and directs each novel toward a search for surety amid uncertainties, for comprehension of the inexplicable, for an affirmation of decency and integrity” (Annotation in R. Ross, Australian Literary Criticism - 1945-1988, 241).

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Published 1 May 1979 in Volume 9 No. 1. Subjects: Tom Keneally.

Cite as: Mitchell, Adrian. ‘Thomas Keneally and the Scheme of Things.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, 1979, doi: 10.20314/als.d42b5dd18c.