A Million Windows

A Million Windows A kaleidoscopic meditation on fiction making by one of Australia s most acclaimed writers The house of fiction wrote Henry James has not one window but a million In this his latest work Gerald Mu

  • Title: A Million Windows
  • Author: Gerald Murnane
  • ISBN: 9781567925555
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback with flaps
  • A kaleidoscopic meditation on fiction making by one of Australia s most acclaimed writers The house of fiction, wrote Henry James, has not one window, but a million In this, his latest work, Gerald Murnane, one of Australia s most acclaimed contemporary authors, takes these words as his starting point, and asks Who, exactly, are that house s residents, and whatA kaleidoscopic meditation on fiction making by one of Australia s most acclaimed writers The house of fiction, wrote Henry James, has not one window, but a million In this, his latest work, Gerald Murnane, one of Australia s most acclaimed contemporary authors, takes these words as his starting point, and asks Who, exactly, are that house s residents, and what do they see from their respective rooms His answer, A Million Windows, is a gorgeous if unsettling investigation into the glories and pitfalls of storytelling Focusing on the importance of trust and the inevitability of betrayal in writing as in life, its nested stories explore the fraught relationships between author and reader, child and parent, boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife Murnane s fiction is woven from images the reflections of the setting sun on distant windowpanes, seemingly limitless grasslands, a procession of dark haired women, a clearing in a forest, the colors indigo and silver grey, and the mysterious death of a young woman which build to an emotional crescendo that is all the powerful for the intricacy of its patterning.

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    1. Gerald Murnane

      Murnane s first two books, Tamarisk Row 1974 and A Lifetime on Clouds 1976 , seem to be semi autobiographical accounts of his childhood and adolescence Both are composed largely of very long but grammatical sentences.In 1982, he attained his mature style with The Plains, a short novel about a young filmmaker who travels to a fictive country far within Australia, where his failure to make a film is perhaps his most profound achievement The novel is both a metaphysical parable about appearance and reality, and a parodic examination of traditions and cultural horizons The novel depicts an abstracted Australia, akin to something out of mythology or fable The novel was followed by Landscape With Landscape 1985 , Inland 1988 , Velvet Waters 1990 , and Emerald Blue 1995 A book of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, appeared in 2005, and a new work of fiction, Barley Patch, was released in 2009 All of these books are concerned with the relation between memory, image, and landscape, and frequently with the relation between fiction and non fiction.Murnane is mainly known within Australia A seminar was held on his work at the University of Newcastle in 2001 Murnane does, however, also have a following in other countries, especially Sweden and the United States, where The Plains was published in 1985 and reprinted in 2004 New Issues Poetry Prose , and where Dalkey Archive Press has recently issued Barley Patch and will be reprinting Inland in 2012 In 2011, The Plains was translated into French and published in France by P.O.L, and in 2012 will be published in Hungarian.

    312 thoughts on “A Million Windows”

    1. I’ve waited after reading to come up to this novel to be able to review it. So easy to say that I, “Cannot do it justice”. The temptation is there but it isn’t that simple. The work is beyond, not what I can think but what I can grasp. Indeed, this is a large part of what the book is about. I have traveled through and resided in the land of Murnania having read a few of his works which certainly does not leave me an expert. However, it does give me a sense that, The Millions, is the culm [...]


    2. To ask of fiction that it tell us about the world, I can’t help but think, is to sell fiction short. Fiction, surely, tells us more. About the universe, say? Or better, about life. And not just human life, though lacking another shape to adopt fiction’s characters may appear as human; they needn’t though, not at all. Apparently I started something when I read Barley Patch last year; in the past month or two, in quick succession, I’ve read Invisible But Enduring Lilacs and A Million Windo [...]



    3. Nobody out there is writing books like Gerald Murnane. He is a treasure. The book takes its title from a comment by Henry James, which is included as an epigraph: "The house of fiction has in short not one window, but a million" Murnane imagines a house of two, or perhaps three, stories with numerous windows surrounded by mostly level grassy countryside. The house, which has many wings, is inhabited by writers who often discuss the intricacies of writing fiction, and many of these writers seem t [...]


    4. How I wanted to like this. I'm half way through and forced to bow out. Any given page of it is intriguing, unique. But the effect of a whole lot of these pages read in a row is something else. I reckon The Plains is one of the best two or three Australian novels ever, but is it possible Murnane has succumb to his own legend? Does he believe his esotericism and obtuseness are virtues? Are his editors too frightened to edit him? He may well be a genius, but I can't quite come at this one. Mind you [...]


    5. I found reading the latest book by Gerald Murnane even more challenging than usual, and yet it was impossible to abandon it. In A Million Windows he once again dissects the meaning and process of writing fiction, dredging from memory the books he has read or written; the girls he has imagined (or maybe met); the dreamy landscapes of what might be outer-suburban Melbourne; and the thoughts and dictates of the personage in this work of fiction, who seems like a first-person narrator and may perhap [...]


    6. A Million Windows could be a culmination of a life’s work, a retreading through past compositions, tried and true ideas, and a useful handbook for all writers of fiction. Problem for me is, the work was boring. After being blissfully exposed to Murnane masterpieces such as The Plains and Landscape with Landscape it is difficult to see the point in reading something inferior to his previous efforts. Often in this book Murnane’s tone was one of knowing better, the narrator being an accomplishe [...]


    7. This was too "meta" for me. Attempting to write fiction while explaining the process of writing fiction in a strange and self-conscious way?


    8. I can't tell you what this book was about as it annoyed me so much that I quit after 50 pages and it wasn't clear by then. Too many fabulous reads out there to waste time on this one.


    9. **This review was written by our intern, Allie Merola, and posted on our blog on 22 June 2016. godine/2016/06/22/hous** “The house of fiction has . . . not one window, but a million.” - Henry James, preface to The Portrait of a LadyGerald Murnane, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, delves into the subject of fiction writing in his latest work, A Million Windows. His thoughts are organized into 34 unnamed and unnumbered chapters populated by memory fragments and “imag [...]


    10. If you’ve never read anything by Gerald Murnane before this is not the place to start. Maybe find a copy of Tamarisk Row or even the essay collection Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. In several places he mentions things like marbles which will go whoosh! over the head of anyone not already familiar with his oeuvre. In one regard, however, A Million Windows is actually a good place to start because it tackles what for most people is the hardest to grasp about Murnane, how he views writing, and, a [...]


    11. Self-conscious, ever-so-meta-clever tosh. Avoid. There are few things more condescending than a writer pointing out the artifice of writing. (Again and again and a f***ing again.) In this case, pretty much to the point of a regression verging on the point of something clinically diagnosable. Good lord, the conceit was obvious on page two. Shame Murnane seemed to believe his belly button foraging was of the slightest interest. I cannot imagine why this was ever published, as its masturbatory self [...]


    12. In a city in the north west portion of another country that is not Australia where people also speak, read and write English, there is an apartment in a building of two or perhaps three stories. There are blinds on the windows of the apartment and a discerning reader sits, her back to the blinds, the sunlight filtering through those afore-mentioned blinds illuminates the pages of a narrative which might be or might not be One Million Windows written, if any fiction can be said to be written, by [...]


    13. Don't read it, it's too addicting. Unless addiction is something you crave. As soon as I reached the final page, I wanted to start over with a pencil and markup all the recurring phrases, studying like an undergrad looking for meaning. I'm tempted to make this book mine. To memorize whole pages. When Fahrenheit 451 comes to pass, I'll be one of the underground memorizers and everyone will call me Windows. Here we meet a narrator looking for writers and personages he can trust. All of the seeming [...]


    14. Unfinished. Bowed out after 120 pages when it became obvious, or seemed to become obvious, that there is in fact no joke beneath Murnane's grim deadpan. If the obsessive pedantry, qualifiers, restatements, and complex syntax is a satirical riff on Henry James, it's not terribly funny; if it's a deliberate style by Murnane, I don't get it; if this is some kind of layered irony, I'm stuck in the topsoil. And that's a shame, because Murnane's clearly got some kind of luminous, spooky narratological [...]


    15. A hard book to pin down in terms of my real reaction.Some elements of the style annoyed me - such as the use of long sentences with many clauses in them. On the other hand there are phrases and images that are stuck in my mind and I am sure will remain there for a long time.There were interesting points about literature and style.But at the end of it all I was not sure if Gerald Murnane wasn't just taking the piss. Was he trying to write biography or was he trying confuse us by telling us this w [...]


    16. I've never been more disappointed to give up a book. I should have loved it. The blurb is exactly what I wanted. The strangeness or meta-ness is fine with me. But the words. Ugh. I want this book but written in a more conversational tone. The voice, the style, the repetition, the overuse of "certain." I just can't handle it anymore. It gets in the way.


    17. I'm about a third of the way through and am enjoying it immensely. However, I feel as though I'm lacking some context, having only read The Plains prior to this. So, I may pick up another text or two of Murnane's before proceeding.




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