An old man finds a welcome break to his routine in the short story, 'On Swallow's Wings'
Peter Rake continues to revive the Australian short story on Amazon Kindle
Elphinstone, Australia, 1 October, 2012 – When one half of an older couple passes away, it can seem as though the half that's left just exists until their time also comes. Sometimes though, the smallest things can make all the difference. In this sweet short story the prose reflects the lifestyle of the main protagonist and draws the reader into his mood, while the third person view allows you to view his life as an observer. A kind and honest man, he is an endearing character explored through gentle, quiet and affecting scenes.
Readers of Peter Rake's other short stories will find a softness in this piece that is not found to this extent in his other work.
About the Author
Peter Rake spent the 1950s and 1960s in outback Queensland, moving from town to town, from one sheep station to the next, enjoying the expanse of land and the satisfaction of a long day’s work. Along the way he met a great many “characters” and amassed a wealth of experience as a roust-about, drover, stockman and contract musterer, as well as helping out with a windmill expert, driving tractors, delving bore drains and a couple of rides in rodeos for a bit of boyish fun.
It was in the 1980s, after Pete had settled down somewhat in Sydney, that these experiences began to inspire some witty tales. After over thirty years of spinning yarns, Peter Rake’s short stories, and a novel called Freda, are being published on Amazon Kindle.
It is rare that an Australian, who had such wonderful experiences in their youth, comes to fictionalise those times with such candour and humour. Peter Rake is a modern author writing about a time that is sadly often seen as an historical backwater, and yet the cultural spirit that is alive in his writing, still resonates in the Australian way of life today. That fortitude is celebrated in his writing and made accessible by the endearing characters and situations he has concocted from a life well lived.
Whilst his short stories would fair well in a retelling around a campfire, his literary command is such that the dialogue is distinctly outback-Australian, as are the inner thoughts and motivations of his characters, and of course that famous Aussie wit.
'On Swallow's Wings' (ISBN 978-0-9872834-9-8, published 19 September 2012)
Also by Peter Rake:
'Notty: Targaroo's Disgrace Bar-fly, bludger and sneak-thief turned unlikely hero.' (ISBN 978-0-9872834-4-3, published 28 July 2012)
'The Awakening' (ISBN 978-0-9872834-7-4, published 6 September 2012)
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