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Luke Carman - An Ordinary Ecstasy Book

Luke Carman - An Ordinary Ecstasy Book

Giramondo Publishing

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A new collection of stories by the award-winning author of An Elegant Young Man and Intimate Antipathies.

The seven stories that make up An Ordinary Ecstasy explore the lives of people whose days are marked by anxiety and tenderness and exaltation: the musician who rides the winding railway up into the mountains at dusk, the retiree walking the streets of his suburb at dawn, the lovers on the balcony of their hotel room watching surfers cut across the waves, the mates who travel north to Byron Bay in search of healing and revenge. In the panoramic reach of his sentences, the exuberance of his language, the flamboyant gestures and obsessions of his characters, Carman captures the scale of emotion as it grows in intensity, often comically, from the smallest and most ordinary things. His stories may be said to embody a principle observed by the novelist Joseph Conrad: ‘There is not a place of splendour or a dark corner of the earth that does not deserve, if only in passing, a glance of wonder.’ 

Carman’s prose blends literature and popular culture, punk and poetry, and transforms this rich seam of influence into his own contagious voice with an admirable disregard for the distinctions of high and low art. - Sydney Morning Herald

Vivid, doleful, comically surreal and painfully stark…brings a vast suburban emptiness to brilliant life.- Geordie Williamson

The language is exuberant…Carman writes beautifully. - The Australian

An Ordinary Ecstasy is not about pretty sentences, though many are and use technical devices with great skill. The writing fits… The stories unspool; the prose floats the reader along, as if on long tracking shots through the suburbs, up the coast, through the cold Katoomba twilight, from a hospital to the beach. - The Conversation