Acid song / Bernard Beckett.
By: Beckett, Bernard.Material type: BookPublisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Longacre Press, 2008Description: 238 pages ; 21cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877460111 (pbk.).Subject(s): Racism -- New Zealand -- Fiction | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century | Elections -- New Zealand -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Fiction -- 21st Century | New Zealand -- Politics and government -- 1984 -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Politics and government -- 1984- -- Fiction | New Zealand -- Politics and government -- 1984- -- Teenage fictionGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | Contemporary fiction. | General fiction. | Teenage fiction, New Zealand. | New Zealand fiction, 21st century. | Teen fiction.DDC classification: NZ823.2
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
"Forty-eight hours in the lives of characters headed for a showdown, grippingly told by an award-winning novelist. It s election day in contemporary New Zealand. A young father confronts a teenage burglar. A psychologist s political stand threatens to see him driven from the university community. A staffroom argument flares up does a playground fight warrant a student s expulsion? A young girl sets about mending her broken heart, a skinhead riot erupts, and Richard, the biology lecturer at the heart of this simmering forty-eight hours, must deal with the secret which compels them all, unknowingly, to the same conclusion. In Acid Song , an absorbing and darting novel, a varied cast of characters is linked by chance and circumstance. With a powerful, addictive intensity, award-winning writer Bernard Beckett composes a corrosive song of our times."
It's election day in contemporary New Zealand. From a staffroom argument about a playground fight, to a young father's confrontation with a teenage burglar, to a woman film director's footage of a campus protest, to a skinhead riot in Christchurch, to an hour's dancing at an inner city club: in every context, issues of race, politics and ethics push up viciously against each other. At the core of this simmering twenty-four hours is a piece of scientific research from a wellrespected academic which appears to link IQ to race. Should he have gone public with it? How should he have framed his announcement? What is a scientist's duty to society? Will the knowledge bring any social good? Are the calls of racist a knee-jerk reaction? This is a tightly constructed, clever, darting novel that cuts to and fro between a varied but clearly delineated cast of characters who are linked by chance, career, circumstances. It confronts one of the most controversial contemporary debates in our society head on, and asks some direct, uncomfortable questions.
Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009: Fiction -- Runner up.
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