With the confidence of a magician: review of Laura Elvery's Trick of the Light

Cantrell, Kate (2018) With the confidence of a magician: review of Laura Elvery's Trick of the Light. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 22 (2). pp. 1-3.

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A trick is an action or scheme that is designed to deceive, but a trick of the light is something more benevolent, closer as it is to an optical illusion or an architectural charm. A trick can take the form of a prank or a hoax, but a trick of the light isn’t planned. If you trick someone, you deliberately outwit them. But if you encounter a trick of the light, what you see is not a gimmick but a distinct impression: an effect caused by the way the light falls on a thing and makes that thing, which doesn’t exist, appear to be real. A sort of paradox. Laura Elvery’s short story collection Trick of the Light (2018) is full of these effects.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 04:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 03:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laura Elvery, Trick of the Light, UQP, creative writing, review
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34990

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