In Moonland by Miles Allinson [6/10]

An intriguing novel about three generations in a family, spanning a wannabe hippy in an Indian ashram, his son in present-day Melbourne struggling to find meaning, and the granddaughter in a dystopian near future, “In Moonland” wrestles with family bonds and quests for transcendence. The author is a commanding stylist, inhabiting each of his different characters and their environments with ease, and the writing is precise yet supple.

Superbly written, In Moonland struck me as a tale with little modern-day plot momentum, almost a collection of evocative, yearning short stories. An enjoyable read, it left me unfulfilled at the close, but I’ll be sure to read anything the author tackles, such is his skill.

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