Gould's Book of Fish | Grove AtlanticOnce upon a time that was called , 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 and forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Passages burn with the intense pleasure of story-making, of the abandon that comes from a seething of ideas and their joyful mutation into words". Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter.
Richard Flanagan Gould's Book of Fish 1st Edition
Once upon a time, when the earth was still young, before the fish in the sea and all the living things on land began to be destroyed, a man named William Buelow Gould was sentenced to life imprisonment at the most feared penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. He fell in love with the black mistress of the warder and discovered too late that to love is not safe; he attempted to keep a record of the strange reality he saw in prison, only to realize that history is not written by those who are ruled. A meditation on colonialism—indeed, on history itself. For all that Flanagan questions everything from the truth of recorded history to the upshot of the French Enlightenment, he affirms the wonder of fiction. And life. Flanagan has terrific narrative energy. The book is full of wild hilarity, heartbreaking cruelty and suffering, and finally love, both selfless and profane.
The most remarkable novel yet from the internationally acclaimed author of Death of a River Guide and The Sound of One Hand Clapping, this is a marvelous historical epic of 19th century Australia, a world of convicts and colonists, thieves and catamites, whose bloody history is recorded in a very unusual taxonomy of fish. Last edited by Clean Up Bot. May 13, History. By Richard Flanagan. Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks.