The Young Desire It

The Young Desire It

KennethMackenzie David Malouf / Dec 12, 2019

The Young Desire It It was dark under the trees and heavy drops had begun to fall from the brancheshe knew there was someone there walking on the leaves like rain It was a girl a stranger Fifteen year old Charles Fox

  • Title: The Young Desire It
  • Author: KennethMackenzie David Malouf
  • ISBN: 9781922147509
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • It was dark under the trees, and heavy drops had begun to fall from the brancheshe knew there was someone there, walking on the leaves like rain.It was a girl, a stranger.Fifteen year old Charles Fox is sent away to boarding school from the isolated farm where he has grown up There he must deal with both the bullying of the other boys and the intense affection of PenwoIt was dark under the trees, and heavy drops had begun to fall from the brancheshe knew there was someone there, walking on the leaves like rain.It was a girl, a stranger.Fifteen year old Charles Fox is sent away to boarding school from the isolated farm where he has grown up There he must deal with both the bullying of the other boys and the intense affection of Penworth, one of the masters But then, home for the holidays, he meets Margaret, a girl staying at a nearby farm, and a passionate bond develops between them Published in 1937 to extraordinary acclaim when Kenneth Mackenzie was in his early twenties, The Young Desire It is an unparalleled account of erotic awakening Among Australian novels it is unique and very nearly perfect, a hymn to youth, to life, to sexual freedom and moral independence David Malouf

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        Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Kenneth Ivo Brownley Langwell Seaforth Mackenzie 1913 1955 , poet and novelist, was born on 25 September 1913 in South Perth, son of Australian born parents Hugh Mackenzie, farmer, and his wife Marguerite Christina, n e Pryde Paterson After his parents were divorced in 1919, Kenneth was raised by his mother and maternal grandfather Educated at South Perth and Pinjarra state schools, and as a boarder at Guildford Grammar School, he took no interest in sport and studied only when he felt inclined At 16 he ran away from school and refused to return Finding Muresk Agricultural College even uncongenial than boarding school, he entered the University of Western Australia in 1932 to read law He gained a reputation for spasmodic brilliance and eccentricity, and left before the end of his first year.Following occasional employment as a journalist on the West Australian, Mackenzie travelled to Melbourne in 1933 In the height of the Depression he took a job as a scullery assistant and survived on the charity of his father s sisters He moved to Sydney in the following year There he reviewed books, films and drama for the Sydney Morning Herald, wrote for Fox Movietone News and contributed to Smith s Weekly, through which he met Kenneth Slessor Impressing Norman Lindsay, he was admitted to his Bohemian circle wherever Mackenzie was, wild comedy and wild adventures tended to break out He was strong, muscular and blonde, and immensely attractive to certain women On 24 December 1934 at the registrar general s office, Sydney, he married Kathleen Bartlett, n e Loveday born in England, she was a 25 year old widow who had taken a job as a pastry cook.His first novel, The Young Desire It, was published 1937 under the pseudonym Seaforth Mackenzie by Jonathan Cape in London sensitive, vital and erotic, it was to win the Australian Literary Society s prize in 1939 A sense of moral ambiguity and impending chaos, evident in Mackenzie s second novel, Chosen People London, 1938 , began to invade his own life as he became addicted to alcohol The outbreak of World War II destroyed what vague plans he had to make a name as a writer in England Mobilized in the Australian Military Forces, he began full time duty on 8 April 1943, but was rejected for active service because of poor eyesight Mackenzie was posted to the 22nd Garrison Battalion at Cowra prisoner of war camp In August 1944 he witnessed the Japanese break out, the subject of his third novel, Dead Men Rising New York, 1951 Two collections of his poetry were published in his lifetime, Our Earth Sydney, 1937 and The Moonlit Doorway Sydney, 1944 Medically unfit, he was discharged from the army on 11 June 1945 His drinking habits claret with breakfast and lack of qualifications meant that he was virtually unemployable.In 1948 the family moved to Kurrajong at the foot of the Blue Mountains where Kate had bought 14 acres 6 ha with her child endowment money When they failed to make a living there, she returned with the children to Sydney Left alone, Mackenzie devoted himself to his writing He was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fund fellowship for that year and for 1955 he edited 1951 52 Australian Poetry and published another novel, The Refuge London, 1954 None the less, his financial situation and personal life were fast deteriorating He was accidentally drowned on 19 January 1955 while bathing in Tallong Creek, near Goulburn survived by his wife, daughter and son, he was cremated with Anglican rites Douglas Stewart edited the Selected Poems of Kenneth Mackenzie Sydney, 1961 , and Evan Jones and Geoffrey Little co edited a further anthology in 1972bu biography macke


    1. Charles Fox, der bisher zu Hause von seiner Mutter unterrichtet worden ist, kommt als Fünfzehnjähriger in ein australisches Jungeninternat. Als fleißiger Schüler hatte Charles sein tägliches Lernpensum bisher stets schnell erledigt und verbrachte den Rest des Tages ungebunden in der Natur. Charles hat seinen Vater nie kennengelernt, er lebte allein mit der Mutter auf deren Farm, die zum Teil verpachtet ist. Zum Abschluss einer höheren Schule gibt es nur diesen Weg von vier Internatsjahren, [...]

    2. 'The Young Desire It' may well be my new Favourite Australian novel. In sensuous, evocative prose Mackenzie takes us through the fifteenth year in the life of Charles Fox, a boy with girlish good looks who has grown up as something of a wild child, ranging at will his mother's extensive property in Australia's wheat belt with little formal education but a deep understanding of nature's rhythms. But as he turns fifteen his mother decides it is time for him to attend one of Australia's premier boy [...]

    3. There is nothing so seductive and yet elusive as the memories of our first experiences in love. We can recall the actions - shared glances, a sweet paralysis, then the first touch, perhaps a chaste kiss - but this is not what we desire. We want to feel again the fear, the pleasure, the tremors and the foreign breath. But it is this that eludes us.Unless we stumble across an artist who can recreate these feelings for us.Recently Text Publishing sent me a copy of The Young Desire It by Kenneth Mac [...]

    4. The Young Desire It by Kenneth Mackenzie is my new favourite Australian novel, and possibly the best coming-of-age novel I've ever read. I gushed about it here: margotmcgovern.wordpress/2

    5. Kenneth Mackenzie's 1937 classic 'The Young Desire It' was simply mesmerising. Written in beautiful, evocative prose it traced one year in the life of 15-year-old Charles Fox, taken from his simple country upbringing to board at an all-boys college. With his angelic face and innocent demeanour he's a target for the bullies as well as a particular young teacher, Penworth whose relationship with the boy is told so poignantly that in some ways Penworth is the major character. Then, during the summe [...]

    6. "In time he put up his arms, to undo the green ribbons that swung at the ends of her heavy fair plaits; and at last, like a silken fall of cloth, her hair spread free, shutting in their two faces.They could not smile now, nor speak, not even to say each other's name that was loudly in the mind of each.The day had too sure a power over them; though they might evade it in cool shadow, they were a part of its triumph, and it forced them together, encouraging them with the illusion that what they di [...]

    7. ‘The Young Desire It is a revelation: a coming-of-age novel from 1937 that deserves a place alongside the classics in this genre. It’s a feverish, fascinating, and surprising look into the mind of an adolescent discovering a sense of self in his quest for love. It’s also a remarkably nuanced and moving portrait of the struggles of those around him to come to terms with their own lives and longings.’Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club‘A book to set beside James Joyce [...]

    8. "It's so beautiful to live; but it seems difficult too. Most of the things we want to do we can't, and the other things we must . . . Can't we just live, without thinking? It spoils everything."- Charles Fox. . .This is a coming of age novel that has been executed with total finesse. Reading this book was like dancing with a very meticulous partner who took their time, memorizing me with simplicity, while leaving me to marvel in complex gestures one after the next. MacKenzie delivered beautiful [...]

    9. The Young Desire It is the first novel by Australian author, Kenneth Mackenzie, and this volume has been published under the Text Classics banner. The 11-page introduction by David Malouf is both very insightful and quite informative about the author. At fifteen, Charles Fox, serious, intense, sensitive and introspective, is sent to boarding school in the city where he meets, for the first time, other boys of his own age, is taught by young English Masters and lives an unfamiliar, regimented exi [...]

    10. The Young Desire It starts with an evocative title and moves forward from there. Our protagonist, Charles Fox, is a fifteen-year-old who has grown up on the wilds of his mother's Australian farm. When she decides to send him for a proper education at a public school where many of the masters are Oxbridge graduates.Charles is a beautiful young man and, more importantly, completely unaware of his attractiveness. He is also unsocialized, and an immediate target for the other boys. He finds a friend [...]

    11. Evocative, sensual, a literary brilliant novel as it follows young Charles Fox in his 15th year and first at an all boys boarding school. I assume this is a semi-autobiography story as it carefully tells of the death of the headmaster, sexual advancements by Charles' tutor, Charles loneliness and his first love with Margaret. Another great Australian novel bought back to modern readers by Text.

    12. The Young Desire It is an exemplary piece of Australian literature: a young man growing up in a young nation. Both are wild, beautiful and struggling to understand their place in a much older world. Read my full review.

    13. I completely loved, loved The Young Desire It. I got lost in the usage of language. A beautiful read. I highly recommend it.

    14. Beautiful coming of age story. The depth of feeling from such a young author is amazing. Originally published in 1937, but still fresh and absorbing today.

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