4 thoughts on “Review: DRAGONS AT THE PARTY by Jon Cleary

  1. Perhaps your original views may have been influenced by the (TV) movie with Jack Thompson, made in the 70’s? Watched it on DVD last week, and well, words fail me.
    The Scobie of the film was the one you seem to have been expecting in the book.
    However it was interesting to see how much Sydney has changed in the last 40 years.

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    • Thanks for that tip Bernie – I’m sure thanks to my mum’s devotion to all things Jack Thompson I probably have seen the movie – from the sounds of things if I did I probably tried to forget it but perhaps just had a few lingering impressions – I don’t think I’ll track it down for a repeat viewing, would rather retain my liking for the character from reading the book 🙂

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  2. Isn’t it a delight, Bernadette, to discover a gem where you thought there was none? This sounds like a great story, and I do live the wit you’ve shared. In my opinion, any book that can portray a time and place like that is well worth the read just on that score alone. And I will add my voice to yours in a plea to create more protagonists who are not depressed alcoholics who cannot maintain any kind of relationship with anyone.Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  3. Way back when I was much younger, I read several John Cleary books with Scobie Malone and I remember liking them. That was a long time ago, but I would like to try them again. You have certainly pushed me in that direction.

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