Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in 12 Fish


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Author: Flanagan, Richard

Edition: Illustrated


  • Grove Atlantic

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 416

EAN: 9780802139597

Release Date: 05-01-2003

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description Winner of the Commonwealth Prize New York Times Book Review -Notable Fiction 2002 Entertainment Weekly -Best Fiction of 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Review -Best of the Best 2002 Washington Post Book World -Raves 2002 Chicago Tribune -Favorite Books of 2002 Christian Science Monitor -Best Books 2002 Publishers Weekly -Best Books of 2002 The Cleveland Plain Dealer -Year's Best Books Minneapolis Star Tribune -Standout Books of 2002Once upon a time, when the earth was still young, before the fish in the sea and all the living things on land began to be destroyed, a man named William Buelow Gould was sentenced to life imprisonment at the most feared penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. He fell in love with the black mistress of the warder and discovered too late that to love is not safe; he attempted to keep a record of the strange reality he saw in prison, only to realize thathistory is not written by those who are ruled.Acclaimed as a masterpiece around the world, Gould's Book of Fish is at once a marvelously imagined epic of nineteenth-century Australia and a contemporary fable, a tale of horror, and a celebration of love, all transformed by a convict painter into pictures of fish. Review ' Gould's Book of Fish is a novel about fish the way Moby-Dick is a novel about whales, or Ulysses is a novel about the events of a single day. . . . a wondrous, phantasmagorical meditation on art and history and nature; a surreal examination of the parlous consequences of British colonialism and the ambivalent legacy of the French Enlightenment; a fantastic tale . . . a novel that weds the cacophonous digressions and philosophical asides of Tristram Shandy to the magic realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez; a novel that welds a Joycean love of language to a billowing, Melvillian vision of the world.' -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 'Richard Flanagan has created an astonishing masterpiece that challenges, provokes and entertains at every turn… Chock full of ideas, exuberant language, indelible images and borrowings that echo the classics of world literature, from the fiction of Fielding, Sterne and Dickens right through Joyce, Borges and Thomas Pynchon.' -Brad Zellar, Minneapolis Star-Tribune 'A great book, by turns bawdy and pensive, moving and abrasive, visionary and squalid, apocalyptic and confessional. . . . Obviously this sort of thing requires and ambitious imaginative reach and a convincing narrative voice, qualities that Flanagan distills masterfully into Gould's account of a searching and picaresque life hovering at the blurriest, farthest reaches of the human shore.' -Chris Lehman, The Washington Post 'What's memorable-even extraordinary-about this book are Flanagan's aphoristic talent, his imagination and his uncanny ability to channel the Rabelaisian voices of the great picaresque writers-Fielding, Sterne, Smollet. . . . [Flanagan] remains unique, one of the novel's most ambitious talents, one whose every book . . . commands our attention.' -Caroline Fraser, Los Angeles Times Book Review 'Remarkable. . . . A meditation on colonialism-indeed, on history itself. . . . A serene, chilling vision of human life as comparable to the life of fish, 'swimming in vast coldness, alone.'' - The New Yorker 'A vivid sea tale, a resonant story of conquest, a hallucinatory record of the bizarre, and perhaps something like a sea anemone-luridly colored and transfixingly strange.' - Entertainment Weekly '[A] novel of ingenious invention and lavish scope. . . . For all that Flanagan questions everything from the truth of recorded history to the upshot of the French Enlightenment, he affirms the wonder of fiction. And life.' -Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News 'One part Rabelais, one part Garcia Marquez, one part Ned Kelly. . . . Flanagan has terrific narrative energy.' -James Campbell, New York Times Book Review 'Flanagan's vivid descriptions make for a memorable, if chal

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