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The tengu : tales from the Temple of Ordinary Terrors / Trevor Hay
Bib ID 8543449
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Hay, Trevor, 1946- author
 
Description North Melbourne, Victoria : Tantanoola, a literary imprint of Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2020 
©2020 
xvii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9781925984873 (paperback)
Summary

In 2019 Roy, a retired librarian living alone in dwindling bushland on the outskirts of Melbourne, is lured out of his shell by his neighbours, two migrant Chinese families who run a motel and restaurant. With other neighbours and guests, they get together regularly for Friday Chinese banquets, retiring for after-dinner ghost stories to an old Presbyterian church among the gums behind the restaurant - 'The Temple of Ordinary Terrors'. He records the passage of the year in a journal that includes notes from his intercultural story-telling group. He finds that mortals, and even some part- human, part-goblin beings, like the Japanese tengu, inhabit a zone somewhere between the terrors of the supernatural world, depicted in literature and art, and the 'ordinary' terrors of the natural, 'real' world. In the process Roy finds a special friend and ultimately exorcises the ghost of his own loneliness, which he has been inclined to idealise as solitude.

Notes

Some text in Chinese.

Subjects Librarians -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Fiction.  |  Retirees -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Fiction.  |  Older men -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Fiction.  |  Chinese Australians -- Victoria -- Melbourne -- Fiction.  |  Neighbors -- Fiction.  |  Social isolation -- Fiction.  |  Loneliness -- Fiction.  |  Dinners and dining -- Fiction.  |  Storytelling -- Fiction.  |  Australian fiction.  |  Melbourne (Vic.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.  |  Australian
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