Date Published: Nov 16, 2017
‘Babe’ meets ‘Heart of Darkness.’
– Pig Breeders’ News
Kevin Hunter, a crass Australian advertising exec turned renowned tribal art collector, travels to the wilds of the mythical island of Malaka with his personal biographer, to find the mysterious Gopi people, a reclusive tribe of brilliant artists and retired pygmy headhunters.
To achieve cut through with the native tribes, Kevin has taken to wearing bright pink safari suits, his first rule of advertising being ‘Have a point of fuckin’ difference!’
Having had little contact with Westerners, the Gopi elders are both impressed and envious of this wealthy, honey tongued philistine and they give Hunter creative control over their tribal art and artists. With unlimited power, Kevin Hunter, the frustrated creative, commercialises the Gopi’s traditional art to make it ‘more accessible,’ thus sending the artists in a direction that threatens to destroy thousands of years of tribal culture.
Where Kevin Hunter is corrupted by power and control, the Gopi are naively led into a school of popular art. To market his ‘new wave primitive’ brand, Kevin finally realizes his ambition and takes the Gopi artists to New York City with disastrous consequences.
This novel is really in a league of its own. I can’t really compare it to anything I have read before. It is powerful with a great message. The writing style was easy to follow and really seemed to flow naturally.
This is a quick read, but there is a lot of Substance and humor laced throughout.
The characters, plot, and pacing were all spot on and really helped to elevate the novel. A superb humor/fiction novel.
About the Author
Grahame Bond may be best known for creating the groundbreaking ABC comedy series Aunty Jack, but he has also written books, stage shows, musicals, and won awards for TV, as well as being named a member of the Order of Australia. In 1990, Grahame also opened his own advertising agency, winning many blue chip clients before selling up in 1996. In recent years Grahame has travelled to some remarkable places as an adventurer, including trekking in Nepal, canoeing in Kakadu, cycling from Hanoi to Saigon and digging up archaeological ruins in Jordan, Cyprus and Syria. He has also recently shot a documentary in Papua New Guinea. His extensive travel provided some of the inspiration for his first novel, The Great Pink Hunter, due to be published in 2017.