Gould's Book of Fish

CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: BN1198
Released: Apr 02, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781743107447
Narrator/s: Humphrey Bower
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land 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, fantasist, condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened...

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Author(s): Richard Flanagan
Product Number EB00640810
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: #9780802191991

Professional reviews

"Flanagan's fact-based fiction is a miraculously vulgar and sensationally evocative listen. The story of Billy Gould, a convict who has been sent to Van Dieman's Land, a Tasmanian penal colony, in 1828, reveals in graphic detail both the essence of inhumanity and bizarre acts of humanity. This vivid description of prison life combined with the story's surrealistic miracles could be a life-changing experience for the listener. Taking his cue from the enormous imagination of the author, Humphrey Bower catches the excessive vitality of Gould. Sometimes the manic pace of his narration overwhelms the novel's quieter moments, but the convict himself would probably not be disturbed. Prepare yourself to be drawn in, tossed about, horrified, and totally dazzled. B.H.B. 2005 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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