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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802144772
ISBN-13: 9780802144775
Sku: 213444398
Publish Date: 6/3/2010
Pages:  256
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From one of the most inventive and important international literary voices comes this powerful and moving tale of colonialism, ambition, and the lusts and longings that mark humanity''s nature.
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A tale inspired by the infamous colonization of Tasmania follows an experiment by lady Jane Franklin involving the "civilizing" of an aboriginal girl, Sir John Franklin's disappearance during an expedition of the Northwest Passage and Charles Dickens's relationship with a young actress. By the award-wining author of Gould's Book of Fish. Reprint.
As Governor of Tasmania, the famous explorer Sir John Franklin adopts an aborigine girl to prove that refinement is a matter of teaching, not blood. Years later, after her husband's death on an ill-fated arctic expedition, Franklin's widow approaches the great author Charles Dickens to help save her husband's reputation from accusations of cannibalism. Richard Flanagan's historical novel explores issues of cultural difference and universal humanity as he vividly imagines the lives of two of Victorian England's great men.


"[WANTING] recounts a haunting and powerful story....Mr. Flanagan does a magical job of conjuring his native Tasmania as it must have appeared to English settlers..." - Michiko Kakutani 05/21/2009

"An ingenious, thoughtful and potent demonstration of this assured author's imaginative versatility....Flanagan skillfully combines several partially known historical events to create complex and riveting fiction." (starred review) 05/01/2009

"[Flanagan's] prose is strong and precise, and the depiction of desire's effects is sublime." 12/15/2008

"[A]bsorbing....[WANTING] is a beautifully constructed fugue on desire and its denial, on the protean forms assumed by passionate natures wrestling with nineteenth-century dictates of reason and duty." - Justin Beplate 10/02/2009

"[WANTING] illustrates once again--with terrific brio and aplomb--how fictionalizing history and real people can pay great dividends....In confident, expert hands, fiction can liberate the past and our perception of...historical figures in ways that the scholar or journalist must deeply envy. Richard Flanagan is an exemplary case in point....[In this] dense and fascinating novel,....[he] explores both human history and human nature." - William Boyd 06/28/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Grove Press
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