While in Darkness There is Light: Idealism and Tragedy on an Australian Commune

While in Darkness There is Light: Idealism and Tragedy on an Australian Commune

by Louella Bryant, Howard Dean

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Overview

A look at the lives of five young men who, during the Vietnam era, start a commune in Australia—and a look at how young men often look to the wild to find themselves and the consequences this sometimes yields. The Rosebud Farm project was born of idealism, commitment, and virtue, all deeply rooted in friendships that have transcended distance and time. The men in this story, insulated by wealth and innocent of heart, were trying to make sense of a tumultuous world and trying to find some peace in it.

One of these five young men was Charlie Dean, the brother of Howard Dean (who has written the introduction).

Louella Bryant has won numerous awards for her short stories and poems. She is the author of two young-adult historical novels—The Black Bonnet, finalist for the Vermont Book Award, and Father By Blood, winner of the Silver Bay Children’s Literature Award—and a picture book, Two Tracks in the Snow. Louella teaches creative writing in the Spalding University MFA writing program in Louisville and mentors young writers at the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937854607
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Louella Bryant has won numerous awards for her short stories and poems. She is the author of two young-adult historical novels. The Black Bonnet, finalist for the Vermont Book Award, and Father By Blood, winner of the Silver Bay Children's Literature Award, and a picture book, Two Tracks in the Snow. Louella teaches creative writing at Spalding University.

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Author's Note     xix
Laos, September 1974     23
Senior Prefect     29
Times A-Changing     39
Outward Bound     49
The Buck Nixon Club     55
Wallaby Roadkill     65
Treading Water     71
Sundowners     81
No Worries     93
The Rosebud Project     101
Big Mama     113
Respite     125
Barron Gorge     137
Bloomfield     145
Cape Tribulation     155
Black Marlin     163
Aussie Christmas     173
Melbourne     181
Pascoe River     193
Native Soil     199
Southeast Asia     203
Pathet Lao     215
Chapter 23     225
Afterword     231

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