We are all from somewhere else originally in Australia (excepting the indiginous population) so I was rather implying Australian residency more than anything else.
Other than a few friends, to whom I have loaned the books, I've never come across another Aussie who has even heard of EW.
Let's hope the reissued novels win him many more readers.
: Actually, I'm English, or more specifically
: Anglo-Irish (sorry to disappoint you). My
: wife is Indo-Caribbean-Latin-American, and
: we're gradually adopting Australia as a
: way of life. Which makes our two-year old
: son... well, someone who is probably going
: to enjoy the Jerusalem Quartet immensely
: when he grows up.
: --Previous Message--
: Thanks for your kind comments. It is good to
: know that there is another Australian (I'm
: assuming you are one) that appreciates
: EW's books. I'm sure you won't be
: disillusioned reading the books - they
: really are something special, even after
: umpteen readings.
: --Previous Message--
: Dear Anne
: Thank you an uncountable number of times for
: setting up this wonderful and informative
: site. I read Jerusalem Poker in 1986 when
: I was 18 and being idealistic on an
: Israeli kibbutz. It was a beaten-up old
: paperback edition from the kibbutz
: library, and I took it with me on a visit
: to Jerusalem and read most of it there, at
: various spots around the Old City. I was
: tempted to keep it when I eventually left
: for home, but decided that it would be
: wrong to deny other travellers the
: pleasure of discovery. Besides, there
: were guards at the gate with Uzis, and I
: wasn't entirely clear what their search
: policy was...
: The book stayed with me, though, in its
: kaleidoscope of images and stories and
: characters and enormous lies and
: staggering truths. Stunningly (or perhaps
: stupidly...) I didn't discover until last
: year that that EW was an unsung megastar
: of truth-telling fantastical history
: literature, that there were other books,
: that it was a quartet - and that it was
: virtually impossible to get hold of any of
: them unless you had spare limbs to barter
: with. And then today I read your
: Amazon.com reviews, and found my way here,
: and read that the books are going to be
: reissued... and now I'm just in a happy
: happy haze and feel that a circle of my
: life that I didn't even know I was drawing
: is finally coming to a close. Or will do
: just as soon as I get my hands on those
: Old Earth editions. And I will indeed go
: through that Melbourne bookshop you
: mentioned, so thank you for that too.
: You've done me and hopefully many others a
: fine service here. Congratulations, and
: thank you again.
: Robert Cook
: : :