A rich and inventive tapestry of interwoven tales set among the aborigines of northwestern Queensland, Australia. Author Alexis Wright experiments with both form and language to create a startlingly original story that's both tragic and comic, using tales that blend the political with the mythological, the local and the universal. Although sometimes challenging, listeners are likely to enjoy the trip, and the novel coheres in startling ways at its center. Performer Isaac Drandich's deep, friendly voice provides an accessible narration that counterbalances some of the more challenging material.
Winner of the 2007 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
©2008 Alexis Wright; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Wright breaks all the rules of grammar and syntax to sweep us along on a great torrent of language that thrills and amazes with its inventiveness and humour and with the sheer power of its storytelling. It's brutal and confronting and it's sad and funny at the same time. Like the Gulf Country itself, this is big enough to lose yourself in." (Sydney Morning Herald).
"A swelling, heaving tsunami of a novel: stinging, sinuous, salted with outrageous humour, sweetened by spiralling lyricism and swaggering with the confident promise of a tale dominated by risk, roguery and revelation." (The Australian)
Whimsical with little or no direction...little substance but good narrator who tries to maake sense out of nonsense...couldn't finish it
I couldn't continue listening so I am going to buy the book. The story is important and well written but the narrator ruined it for me.
An extraordinary confluence of culture, politics, environment and imagination, brilliantly written and brilliantly read. Savour it.
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