Wanting (Paperback)

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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.


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802144775
SKU 213444398
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802144772
Release Date 6/3/2010
"[Flanagan's] prose is strong and precise, and the depiction of desire's effects is sublime."
"[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..."
"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)
"[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."
"[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."
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Annotation 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Grove Press

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