Monday, February 9, 2009

Wanting by Richard Flanagan

It is 1839. A young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is running through the long wet grass of an island at the end of the world to get help for her dying father, an Aboriginal chieftain. Twenty years later, on an island at the centre of the world, the most famous novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, realises he is about to abandon his wife, risk his name and forever after be altered because of his inability any longer to control his intense passion. Inspired by historical events, WANTING is a novel about art, love, and the way in which life is finally determined never by reason, but only ever by wanting.
Flanagan writes with a a wonderful masculine Australian voice that is as much a part of the story as the landscape and historiacal imaginings. An engaging and unusual book.

Rating - I give this 4/5


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Reviewed by Sarah @ Hamilton library

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