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'Fly Away Peter' by David Malouf - To what extent would be Jim's perception of self enhanced by his touch with people around him? 'Fly Away Peter' is basically a narrative about life. Through the life of Jim Saddler the reader becomes aware of the ideas posed by the writer, David Malouf. Jim's lifetime, if anything else, is indeed a travel, sifting through different broadening experiences that contribute to Jim's ultimate understanding of the planet and his own ego. But to simply say that this understanding is improved only by his touch with those about him is only true to a certain extent. Jim's journey of life is present on several levels, one of which is the course he sees through his contact with others. A powerful note emphasised throughout the publication will be Jim's detachment. During the establishment of his connection with Ashley, along with his decision to join the war, 'Jim existed in a universe of their own, not withdrawn precisely, but impenetrably personal'. Ever the only wolf, Jim keeps the occasions in his life at arm's length, staying distant and observing his universe in his own unique way. The retiring, introspective Jim notes he doesn't have close friends, though calling Clancy a 'mate'. The horrors of war fail to make Jim view the world as others do. He admits that his naivety, confessing that'he had been residing, till he arrived here, in a state of reckless innocence'. Jim admits how his new adventures have really opened his eyes into the true world, but as yet he hasn't reached his ev...