I found myself raving about this book to someone earlier in the week so I thought I’d
rave blog about it here too.
Edmond sets out to trace the route of Colin McCahon when in 1984 on a trip to Sydney 1984, he went missing in the palm grove in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens, and was found by police early next morning in Centennial Park, kilometres away. Framing the journey in part with the stations of the cross, Edmond explores not only the city but the nature of art, faith and loss. Personal experiences and stories intertwine with the McCahon narrative and tangents led on to diverse subjects such as Carmen Rupene, John Calvin and circus elephants. A certain sadness permeated the book, and to me it read as a kind of secular requiem for McCahon.
Yet again Auckland University Press has shown faith in it’s authors with this modest and yet courageous book. I loved it.
Dark Night: Walking with McCahon by Martin Edmond
ISBN 978 1 86940 483 3