Richard Flanagan's 'Wanting'
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Maybe I have weird taste in fiction - this was a title for our Book Group to read a couple of years ago - not one of them liked it! They struggled with the prose, disliked the subject matter and generally gave it a "too complicated" and "not very nice" vote. Some of them couldn't finish it.
We had read some other books that potentially would have been regarded as difficult - this was the first one that was so polarising - me and the rest of them!
LOL! yep - that was polarising... :)
I have just recently begun acquiring books by Richard Flanagan.
I am happily waiting for my mooch of Gould's Book of Fish to arrive - can't believe I got that as a mooch - and I was going to read Sound of One Hand Clapping (which is on my Mt TBR, and was another mooch - unbelievable) before I consider Wanting. What about that one?
I think all his books sound good...
The weather and the landscape are as powerfully wrought characters as the people who stray into the pages!
Being brought up in Tassie I suppose I can relate to Flanagan's work - Sound of One Hand Clapping was, I agree, immensely sad in parts yet I found I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the arrival of Death of a River Guide which I ordered recently as next on the list in my current RF readathon.
I've still not read Gould's Book of Fish or Wanting, but they're on my wishlist.
I'm slowly reading through all the Miles Franklin short-listed books for 2009 and just finished Wanting this week. It's the first novel by Richard Flanagan that I've read and I'm impressed. Both the part about Dicken's and the parts set in Tasmania were well done. The part set in Tasmania was a part of history that I wasn't familiar with and I enjoyed discovering it in this book. However, I thought that another recent read from the short-list was better, Ice by Louis Nowra.
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