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Carpentaria (Paperback)

Author:  Alexis Wright
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1439157847
ISBN-13: 9781439157848
Sku: 211540081
Publish Date: 5/18/2010
Pages:  528
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IN the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, battle lines have been drawn in the disputes among the powerful Phantom family of the Westend Pricklebush, Joseph Midnight''s renegade Eastend mob, and the white officials of neighboring towns. Trapped between politics and principle, past and present, the indigenous tribes fight to protect their natural resources, sacred sites, and, above all, their people.

Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright''s hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life. "Carpentaria "teems with extraordinary, larger-than-life characters who transcend their circumstances and challenge assumptions about the downtrodden "other." The novel "bursts with life" ("Daily Telegraph") as Alexis Wright re-creates the land and its people with mysticism, stark reality, and pointed imagination.

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Hailed as a "literary sensation" by The New York Times Book Review, Carpentaria is the luminous award-winning novel by Australian Aboriginal writer and activist Alexis Wright.

Alexis Wright employs mysticism, stark reality, and pointed imagination to re-create the land and the Aboriginal people of Carpentaria.

In the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, loyalties run deep and battle lines have been drawn between the powerful Phantom family, leaders of the Westend Pricklebush people, and Joseph Midnight's renegade Eastend mob, and their disputes with the white officials of neighboring towns. Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright's hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life.

By turns operatic and everyday, surreal and sensational, the novel teems with extraordinary, larger-than-life characters. From the outcast savior Elias Smith, religious zealot Mossie Fishman, and murderous mayor Bruiser to activist Will Phantom and Normal Phantom, ruler of the family, these unforgettable characters transcend their circumstances and challenge assumptions about the downtrodden "other." Trapped between politics and principle, past and present, the indigenous tribes fight to protect their natural resources, sacred sites, and above all, their people.

Already an international bestseller, Carpentaria has garnered praise from around the world.

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Indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright has written a gripping and surreal epic of two families battling for land rights in Northern Australia. CARPENTARIA combines elements of myth and magic-realism with a deep understanding of the complexities and lingering traumas of colonialism. Wright once again proves that she can create great art while also interrogating history and society--CARPENTARIA stands alongside the masterpieces of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison.

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"Rarely does an author have such control of her words and her story: Wright's prose soars between the mythical and colloquial." (starred review) 02/23/2009
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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0528
Product attributePublisher:   Atria Books
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