Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning.
Best by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears. In the rainforest waters that rush over him he sees those lives stripped of their surface realities, and finds a world where dreaming reasserts its power over thinking. As the river rises, his visions grow more turbulent, and in the flood of his past Aljaz discovers the soul history of his country. Richard Flanagan's 1994 debut about a mythical Tasmania dazzled readers around the world, and is now recognized as one of the most powerful and original Australian novels of recent decades.
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Comments about Death of a River Guide:
This is Richard Flanagan's first novel and as such I didn't expect it to be as good as some of his later books but it is. Aljaz is drowning in the Franklin River and as he is dying his life flashes before him. Not just the important moments in his life but also his parents, grandparents and earlier ancestors. Through the lives of these people we are shown the history of Tasmania,including its convict and aboriginal past. His descriptions are beautiful and if you've ever been to Tasmania's rainforest you'll be able to see, smell and hear it again as you read this book. Highly recommended.
'Very, very beautiful' - Baltimore Sun.
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st February 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24