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December 10, 2007

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I worked for years laying out the texts of some excellent Australian books (in the Academy Editions of Australian Literature series), and Maurice Guest was the only one that drove me crazy. Not only was the original too long, but the new version reinstated at least a third of the book! After reading it and dipping in umpteen times (as you do when tweaking text) I heartily agreed with whomever had slashed it the first time. It's a gruelling read, not because it's badly written (on the contrary!), but because it is so brutal. it took ages to come out of that book's black cloud.

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