'Extinctions' by Josephine Wilson [a review]

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Extinctions takes its time giving up its secrets, and there are some we will never know. One of its most persistent enigmas is what kind of book it is. I wondered, during the first half, whether it was a powerful and perceptive example of the Bildungsroman for seniors: an elderly person (usually male) meets someone new who teaches him to be a better person, to pay attention to the important things in life, to treat those he loves properly, to reconcile himself to his past – in short, to grow up.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-28
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Book Review
Issue number388
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Josephine Wilson
  • fiction
  • book review


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