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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Flanagan Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The new novel from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling writer Richard Flanagan.

A young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, is adopted by the most celebrated explorer of the age, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, to show that the savage can be civilized. When Sir John disappears while looking for the fabled Northwest Passage, Lady Jane turns to the great novelist Charles Dickens for help.

Inspired by historical events, Wanting is a haunting meditation about love, loss, and the way life is finally determined never by reason, but only ever by wanting.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yasemin | 2/18/2014

    " Look, I don't mind a bit of Australian historical fiction and as such I thought I would love this book. I have to say I found parts of it a little disturbing and the characters annoyingly pompous and self absorbed. The flow of the book faltered for me as the overuse of punctuation shifted the focal point of the sentences too frequently. The setting was beautifully described giving me a good mental image of each scenes. I think I will still read more work by Richard Flanagan, but this one left me WANTING more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by William | 2/13/2014

    " Richard Flanagan is an amazing writer. His "Gould's Book of Fish" is one of my top four or five novels of all time. He writes of his native New Zealand and perhaps its that exotic setting that give his books thier gravitas for me. While the aforementioned book was fantasy mixed with history, this one is more in the historical vein and the revelations of the English and their relations with the Aborigines of that land almost literally made me weep. There are 3 concurrent stories that Flanagan masterfully ties together. That of Charles Dickens?!, the islands governor Sir John (also a polar explorer and his wife, and Mathinna the Black whom the governess in an experiment is determined to show that she can take her from the forest and turn into a proper (White-like) English lady. The heartbreak in her story and the larger story of the English treatment of the "blackfellas" as they were called is gut wrenching. As a fancier of history, I was not even aware of the Black Wars waged in hat country and Australia. Another part of the worlds upended by English cultural and military imperialism and genocide...wow..but did I say he book is also laugh out loud funny and the deft use of sarcasm abounds. I found the substory of Charles Dickens to be most dispensable and it was the only thing preventing me from give this book 5 stars as I did his previous one. Gotta put more of his works in my to read pile, pronto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jon | 2/9/2014

    " I read Amazon reviews and it didnt mention much about half this book focusing on Dickens latter years. The writing was very good but it was not what I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Edward | 1/22/2014

    " The author attempted to tie three events together from the mid 1800's. The events were half a world apart. I found the effort to be wanting. At times the book got me and at times it lost me. One event involved Charles Dickens in England, one in Tasmania and one in Antarctica. I found it all a stretch by the end. "

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