Meditate deeply on softgoods or sex,
On caraway seeds or the causes of bills,
Biology, art, or mysterious wrecks,
Or the tattered white fleeces of clouds on blue hills.
Muse upon ologiess, freckles and fog,
Why hermits live lonely and grapes in a bunch,
On the ways of a child or the mind of a dog,
Or the oyster you bolted last Friday at lunch.
The Glugs of Gosh is a satirical gallop through the
world of the inhabitants of Gosh, a world that
seems to he suspiciously full of the same frailties
and absurdities as our own ... From the pride and
petulance of kings, judges, mayors and teachers to
the dangers of importing luxury goods and
exporting weapons, C. J. Dennis exhibits an
unerring eye for immortalising the little failings
and idiosyncrasies of human nature in
entertaining, rollicking verse.
Published here with a new introduction by John
Derum and Hal Gye's original illustrations from
1917, this piquant Austrahan classic is fun for
children and adults alike.
C. J. Dennis is best known as the author of the
classic The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, as well
as many other titles such as Doreen, Digger
Smith, Jim of the Hills, A Book for Kids and The
Moods of Ginger Mick.
First Paragraph from the Introduction by John Derum
The Glugs of Gosh is a masterpiece. Not just an Australian
masterpiece, and not just C. J. Dennis's masterpiece. It is a
masterpiece of our language, and it will be a surprise to many
people that it was created by a writer still associated with the
particularly Australian idiom of his most popular character, The
The Glugs of Gosh describes the journey of our society in the
twentieth century. It is all the more remarkable that it was written
and published so early in the 1900s. Dennis could already see the
problems in our systems of education, trade, defence and
democracy. He was concerned that his earlier work The Moods of
Ginger Mick had been used to support the case for war, and he was
keen to put the record straight about his own view.
In The Glugs, Dennis gives us a hero who would be at home
much later in the century when we began to understand, at last,
our individual spirituality and the significance of our natural
In a comprehensive social satire that touches all of the major
social issues, from the nature of government and justice to education and
trade, Dennis's observations about domestic possessions are possibly
the earliest of the kind that were developed by
Barry Humphries so effectively nearly half a century later.
From the Angus & Robertson paperback edition, 1993.