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Death of a River Guide - Richard Flanagan


Published: 1st February 2012
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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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      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.

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      'Very, very beautiful' - Baltimore Sun.

      Richard Flanagan

      Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian Rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s western coast.

      His novels, Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book Of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries.

      He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping in 1998. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

      The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. His most recent novel is Gould's Book of Fish. 

      Visit Richard Flanagan's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9781742755106
      ISBN-10: 1742755100
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 352
      Published: 1st February 2012
      Publisher: Random House Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.5  x 2.2
      Weight (kg): 0.24
      Edition Number: 1