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Praise for The Treatment and The Cure.
Praise for The Treatment and The Cure. Since their sensational release in the early 1980s, Peter Kocan’s two short novels, The Treatment and its sequel The Cure, have found enduring appeal with both critics and the public alike. Based on Peter’s own experiences, the books examine a world few of us know or understand. At the age of nineteen, Peter was given a life sentence for the attempted assassination of a Federal politician.
In the treatment and its award-winning sequel,the Cure, tarbutt's efforts to survive the system into which he has been thrust, and at the same time preserve his individuality, are movingly and often humorously portrayed by Peter Kocan, himself a survivor of just such a system. First published to critical acclaim in the early 1980's, the treatment and the Cure are works of intensity, maturity, discipline and surprising humour, and offer the reader a rewarding and compelling literary experience. the Cure won the NSW Premier's Award for 1983.
You are on the verandah one Sunday morning, reading a little, listening to your transistor radio which you keep tuned low so the classical music won’t offend anybody. I’M THE OWNER AND THE MAKER! ou look up. An old man is standin. An old man is standing there. He has a blanket round his shoulders like a robe and is wearing a tall hat with a ribbon of toilet paper tied to it and trailing down his back. He looks like a king. It’s all mine! he shouts, staring at the ward and the yard and everything else within view. He whirls round, tugging at his ratty moustache.
Treatment & The Cure. Kocan uses the span of these two novellas to complicate narratives around madness and creativity and tell a harrowing story about the thin margins between normal and abnormal. 1933372451 (ISBN13: 9781933372457). Kerry-ann rated it it was ok Feb 17, 2013. Matt rated it really liked it Apr 25, 2012. Booklovinglady rated it liked it Feb 02, 2012. Yehuda Aharon rated it liked it Sep 01, 2013. Marianna rated it really liked it Jan 22, 2014.
Peter Kocan was born in Newcastle NSW in 1947. He left school at fourteen and worked on country properties and in factory jobs in the city. He served a decade in custody for a shooting offence and it was then that he began to write. He has published five collections of verse, and this is his fifth novel. His previous novel, FRESH FIELDS, won the 2004 FAW Christina Stead Award for Fiction, was short-listed for both the NSW and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.
A stark, harrowing, yet deeply courageous work of immense power and magnitude. In Kocan's latest bleak novel (The Treatment and the Cure, 1985, et., a teenager, down and out in Australia, is sustained by his fantasies. Homeless and alone, a disturbed youth drifts between town and the Australian Outback, growing increasingly isolated and distrustful in a society lacking the means and seemingly the will to help him. He is coerced by strange voices and haunted by a history of family violence. Three people arrive at the train station of a large city: The woman, the youth and the boy. We don't know their names, nor that of the city.
A little masterpiece, not only in the history of prison literature, but in that of literature itself
19-year-old Len Tarbutt is serving a life sentence for attempted homicide. Transferred to the maximum-security ward of a mental hospital, his efforts to survive the system and preserve his individuality are movingly and often humorously portrayed.
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In 1966, nineteen-year-old Peter Kocan attempted to assassinate politician . On one last note, Kocan has published several books and has won awards for his fiction.
In 1966, nineteen-year-old Peter Kocan attempted to assassinate politician Arthur Calwell. Kocan failed and was subsequently tried and found guilty of attempted murder. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he was first sent to Long Bay Correctional Centre and then transferred to the Criminally Insane Ward of the Morisset Psychiatric Hospital. There’s the overwhelming idea that no one really gets ‘cured’–even though that’s supposedly the goal held for all the inmates, and the system recreated here in these pages would most likely push anyone in a fragile mental state over the edge.
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