Pageturners enjoyed an interesting lunchtime discussion about All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton. A story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. All Our Shimmering Skies is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies.
Comments from the discussion included: “enjoyed it, semi-magical quests, fairytale, beautiful, loved the setting, bleak beginning, appreciated historical and fantasy element, didn’t expect it to be so uplifting, really was a pageturner, so poetic, appreciative of the bush, you notice the writing, a bit far-fetched with things dropping out of the sky, loved it, the travelling companions have gifts like any quest, you can compare it with the Wizard of Oz, a lot of themes, it is almost a Young Adult book, the war bits on Darwin were well written, the mother was inspirational – she was so peaceful and clam, the curse made it a little mysterious, it was about the glowing lust for gold or capitalism and taking responsibility.”
5 star ratings ranged from 2.5 to 4.
Here are discussion questions from the publisher.
And a review from The Guardian.
And a young adult book mentioned in the discussion was The Bombing of Darwin by Alan Tucker.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 December at 12.30pm to discuss Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin. The book he said he had to write.