Cairo by Chris Womersley
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Fitzroy, Art Forgery, Drugs, Drinking, 1980s
Genre: Fiction/Coming of Age/Drama
What did you think of the cover art? Interesting and eye catching.
Who was your favorite character and why? Tom Button because I felt sorry for him and could relate to him the most.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Max, I’ll let you read the book to work out why.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately and was interesting throughout.
Was it plot or character driven? An excellent balance of both.
What did you think of the ending? It was slightly unexpected, which I enjoy. It did leave me feeling somewhat melancholy.
What was the moral of the story? Trust no one!
Did you learn anything? A little about art forgery.
Favorite quote: “We’re getting off this island. You can’t make anything great in this country. Imagine it. Koo Wee Rup Revisited, Breakfast at Dimmeys, The Wagga Symphony? No one allows melancholy to take root here, and you cannot make great art without melancholy. It’s as simple as that.” – Max.
What would you change? I’d delete the word “bear” on page 76: The koala is a marsupial NOT a bear!
Have you read other books by the same author? This is my first book by Chris Womersley and I would definitely read his other books now.
Would you like to see it adapted into a film? Any ideas on casting? I think it would make an excellent film, but I think it would hinge on the casting (for which I’ve got no ideas).
Who would you recommend it to? Anyone really, particularly art lovers or anyone who moved from the country to inner-Melbourne in the 1980s.
Number of unknown words: 2
Architectural Detail: Cairo apartment’s cantilevered staircase to the rooftop
Beer pairing: Thunder Road’s Brunswick Bitter
Recipe: Roast Pheasant
Artwork: Picasso’s Weeping Woman
Craft/Activity: Go on the Fitzroy Heritage Walk.
How long do you need to know someone before you trust them?