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The Sound Of One Hand Clapping - Richard Flanagan

The Sound Of One Hand Clapping

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Since its first publication in 1997, Richard Flanagan's classic story of migration and love has become one of the most-loved and biggest-selling literary novels in Australian history. In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja's mother walked into a blizzard never to return. Some thirty-five years later, when Sonja visits Tasmania and her drunkard father, the shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present - changing forever his living death and her ordered life...The Sound of One Hand Clapping is about the underbelly of Australia, the barbarism of Europe, and the destiny of those in the country beyond hope who seek to redeem themselves through love.

About the Author

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia's best novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, Death of A River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent novel, Wanting, won the 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, The 2011 Tasmanian Book Prize, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. His most recent work is a collection of his nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?. He lives in Hobart with his family.

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4.0

Not an easy read

By Papa Tom

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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  • Difficult To Follow

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Not an easy read , but real insight into a post war migrant family and their struggles,not a cosy read but worth the effort. Love Flanagan's writing style.

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5.0

Another great Australian novel!

By Gen the Booklover

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    I wonderful story of a post war European migrant man contributing in the building of Australia's future.

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    'Heart-wrenching and beautifully written... A rare and remarkable achievement' - Los Angeles Times.

    ISBN: 9781742755083
    ISBN-10: 1742755089
    Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 448
    Published: 1st February 2012
    Publisher: Random House Australia
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.9
    Weight (kg): 0.31

    Richard Flanagan

    Descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania) during the Great Famine, Richard Flanagan was born in his native island in 1961, the fifth of six children. He spent his childhood in the mining town of Rosebery and left school at sixteen to work as a bush laborer. He later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His first novel is the much celebrated Death of a River Guide (available from Grove Press), which won major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing."

    His second novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping (available from Grove Press), was similarly critically acclaimed and has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia, an unprecedented figure there for a literary novel. It won the Australian Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Flanagan's first two novels, declared Kirkus Reviews, "rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White." Gould's Book of Fish, his third novel, won Best Book for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South East Asia & South Pacific Region.

    In addition to Australia and the USA, his novels are being published in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Holland, and France. He directed an acclaimed feature film based on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which had its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for best film. He lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.

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