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English Passengers: Waterstones Reading the 21st Century

Autor Matthew Kneale
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 26 apr 2001
WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD BOOK AWARD 2000

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2000

'Deeply impressive. . . Every page fizzes with linguistic invention' Guardian

An electrifying modern classic - Kneale's sweeping adventure storyvividly brings a past age to life

In 1857 when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other side of the globe. The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson believes the Garden of Eden was on the island of Tasmania. His travelling partner, Dr. Thomas Potter, unbeknownst to Wilson, is developing a sinister thesis about the races of men. Meanwhile, an aboriginal in Tasmania named Peevay recounts his people's struggles against the invading British.

'A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices . . . The sort of novel that few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' Daily Telegraph
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780140285215
ISBN-10: 0140285210
Pagini: 480
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.33 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Seria Waterstones Reading the 21st Century

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Matthew Kneale was born in 1960. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, including SWEET THAMES (1992), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He lives in Oxford.

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'A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices. Its subject is a vicar's ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania, [as] meanwhile, in Tasmania itself, the British settlers are alternately trying to civilise and eliminate the Aboriginal population ... The sort of novel that few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' - Daily Telegraph