Gould's Book of Fish

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Author
Richard Flanagan
Publisher
Random House Australia
Genre
Historical Fiction
Released
01 January, 2001

Gould’s Book of Fish

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    Synopsis

    Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.Once upon a time, there were miracles...'A work of significant genius'  Chicago Tribune'A seamless masterpiece’  Independent on Sunday'Is this the first masterpiece of the 21st century?' Prospect'A work of pure brilliance' Seattle Times'As inventive and visionary in its reimagination of history as [Toni] Morrison’s masterwork, Beloved' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times'The novel has already garnered plenty of comparisons, with the scary m-word “masterpiece” appearing in print more than once... Brilliantly conceived.' Boston Globe'[Flanagan’s] writing has the unmistakeable shimmer of literary star quality... a bewitching novel.'  New Statesman'One part Rabelais, one part Garcia Marquez, one part Ned Kelly.' New York Times Book Review'Ferocious in its anger, grotesque, sexy, funny, violent, startlingly beautiful and, above all, heartbreakingly sad ... I urge you to read it.' The Observer
    Richard Flanagan
    About the author

    Richard Flanagan

    Richard Flanagan's novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

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