One of My Best Friends by Peter Goldsworthy

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Title: “One of My Best Friends”
Author: Peter Goldsworthy
Published in: “One of My Best Friends” (collection)
Date of Publication: 1994
Genre: Short Story

Peter Goldsworthy (b. 1951) is an Australian author of novels, short stories, and poems. He also works as a medical practitioner. He won several awards for his literary works, and his poetry is highly appreciated in Australia.


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The author relies on similes to show the way characters act and look like. For instance, Willy is physically depicted using two similes: “…the flattened nose, the brow jutting like a sun visor, the legs thin as spinifex.” (p. 78, ll. 5-7)

Another simile is used to describe the reaction of the football player the narrator hits on the field: “He flipped over like a shot rabbit.” (p. 81, l. 17)

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