Story: City images

A good keen man

A good keen man

Barry Crump’s 1960 novel of a rugged, backblocks deer culler struck a chord with many city men who liked to think of themselves as country blokes at heart. This was an image strongly rooted in New Zealand’s colonial past when city life was represented as effete.

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Reference: Barry Crump, A good keen man. Wellington: Reed, 1960

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in literature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25323/a-good-keen-man (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010