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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexis Wright Narrator: Isaac Drandic Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carpentaria is Alexis Wright's second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland, Australia. Wright's storytelling is operatic and surreal: a blend of myth and scripture, farce and politics. The novel teems with extraordinary characters - Elias Smith the outcast saviour, the religious zealot Mozzie Fishman, the murderous mayor Stan Bruiser, the moth-ridden Captain Nicoli Finn, the activist and prodigal son Will Phantom, and above all, the queen of the rubbish-dump Angel Day and her sea-faring husband Normal Phantom, the fish-embalming king of time - figures that stride like giants across this storm-swept world.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa Burke | 2/8/2014

    " You'll love it, or you won't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caleb | 1/28/2014

    " Huh. Weird book. I had really wanted to read this book, had it on my list for a long time before I could get it in the U.S. Then, when I actually read it, not so much. Maybe it's because I am neither Australian nor Aboriginal, but I didn't understand what was going on for substantial stretches of a very long book. Character showed up after being gone for 200 pages (Norm Phantom, Bruiser). Major plot issues just occurred, as if they included in some other addition with more build up on them (the mine). It's no doubt that stretches are beautifully written, but I don't have a goddamn clue what happened in this book and I felt like in reading other magical realism authors like Marquez or Rushdie I still grasped the book even if I missed the nuance. Here, I am not even sure I know how most of it ended up. Maybe a book I would have enjoyed during college when I was guided through it. Now, I am just let down that I looked forward to it so much and I got so little out of it in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise Chambers | 1/12/2014

    " I'm going to return this unfinished for now. I may pick it up later. The writing requires concentration, and may be better suited to the lazy days of winter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jacqui | 12/26/2013

    " Creates a real setting, and characters are very vivid. But I got lost in the language occasionally - I lost the story line and didn't know what was happening. I also don't really know what the whole point of the story was ... "

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