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Gould's Book of Fish

Summary Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan ✓ 9 Free read review Gould's Book of Fish Once upon a time that was called 1828 before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed there was a man named William Buelow Gould a con. There are times when as a book reviewer it is tempting to simply put the adjectives on hold when mere descriptors seem paltry next to the indescribable beauty of the book itself Richard Flanagan s Gould s Book of Fish is that kind of book Reading it open mouthed gasping at the richness and complexity of the text that clearly defies categorisation and classification one feels intimately connected while in awe of what the author has produced Gould s Book of Fish is a serious read one of those desert island books you can read again and again and find still meaning in its strange depths both confirmation and destruction of those things you believe in and cannot articulate The book simultaneously makes a mockery of language history love and humanity while celebrating and even immortalising them much as Joyce s Finnegans Wake or Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury did for the last century although with a straightforward storyline Both Joyce and Faulkner are celebrated in the novel as are other great authors from history such as Flaubert Hugo Blake Keats Cervantes Sterne Wordsworth Pope Borges Voltaire and ConradFor all of the shifts in Gould s Book of Fish with things like time history identity and power all variable there are some constants and this is the basis on which the book is built Love is one of those constants Another is its corollaries racism brutality and hatred clear and obvious evils A third and subtle constant is that sense of the mysterious beauty in life and the world The knowledge of a world so awful this sense of a life so extraordinary how am I to resolve them Ultimately as Gould says this is a book about life not death and despite the inherent sadness the brutality the grossness and the torture what remains with the reader is how we ultimately escape with Gould how the love beauty and even the story remains shining and glorious In its gorgeous use of language its extraordinary structure its ambitiously realised depths and above all the magic it works on its reader Gould s Book of Fish is a masterpiece Read it for the interesting story and find yourself like Hammett lost in its labyrinth depths obsessed changed forever and your unreuited love of literature both challenged and invigorated Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya put the adjectives on hold when mere descriptors seem Twisted paltry next to the indescribable beauty of the book itself Richard Flanagan s Gould s Book of Fish is that kind of book Reading it open mouthed gasping at the richness and complexity of the text that clearly defies categorisation and classification one feels intimately connected while in awe of what the author has The Exploration of the Male Anatomy produced Gould s Book of Fish is a serious read one of those desert island books you can read again and again and find still meaning in its strange depths both confirmation and destruction of those things you believe in and cannot articulate The book simultaneously makes a mockery of language history love and humanity while celebrating and even immortalising them much as Joyce s Finnegans Wake or Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury did for the last century although with a straightforward storyline Both Joyce and Faulkner are celebrated in the novel as are other great authors from history such as Flaubert Hugo Blake Keats Cervantes Sterne Wordsworth Pope Borges Voltaire and ConradFor all of the shifts in Gould s Book of Fish with things like time history identity and

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Summary Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan ✓ 9 Free read review Gould's Book of Fish Vict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe Silly Billy Gould invader of Australia liar murderer forg. This novel of life in a penal colony on Sarah Island off Tasmania in the 1820 s could be characterized as a scatological tragicomedy as historical fantasy and as a satire of the human race along the lines of Swift or Voltaire The character William Gould sentenced to life imprisonment for forgery he didn t commit recounts his pathway of survival and tenuous hold on sanity and reaches toward meaning in his life by writing his story Each chapter is linked to a painting of a specific species of fish Both the colonial masters and inmates of the prison are free to reinvent themselves I loved this most about the book the creation of a microcosm to portray the dynamic foundations of good and evil civilization and barbarism historical truth and distorted fantasy The Commandant harnesses his free labor force for absurd schemes to recreate a new center of Enlightenment Europe replete with a railroad going nowhere and a Mah Jong emporium Gould fits in by painting forged Constables fanciful scenery for the railroad and murals for the gaming palace The camp doctor Lempriere dreaming of becoming a new Linneaus commissions Gould for illustrations of fish and later collects skulls of slaughtered Aborigines to support anthropological preconceptions of Europeans as the master human species This book constantly poses a contrast between man s inhumanity to man and the artistic creations of humanity Gould s discovery that a writer has effectively erased history with a whitewashed account of the colony threatens his sanity More and he comes to see people in the guise of fish and fish as people I loved this metaphor of art being both a form of madness and a refuge to counter the madness of the worldHis art and his journal are what sustains him this business of smuggling hope might make them wonder might be the axe that smashed the frozen sea within might make the dead wake swim free And that wasn t a painting worth twopence but something criminal than stealing It seems he represents all of us by his stuggling ambivalence Why is it that I am possessed of two entirely opposite emotions why is it that I still can t help believing that the world is good that without love I am nothing Yet any story will be better than the sorry truth that it wasn t the English who did this to us but ourselves So there you have it two things I can t bring them together they are wrenching me apart These two feelings this knowledge of a world so awful this sense of a life so extraordinary how am I to resolve themFor I am not reconciled to this world His words near the beginning distill the scope of this wondrous book Cast iron collars chains spiked basils the smell of men s dying souls living bodies along with the true humour of suffering the wondrous truth of contempt the glorious freedom of neglect the inarticulable fear of many fish my unreuited love for them these things I have known will never know again I was hurt by this world into making my soul transparent for all to see as words pictures but I was allowed to do it unbeholden undazzled by anything other than that same shivering naked soul

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Summary Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan ✓ 9 Free read review Gould's Book of Fish Er fantasist condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish Once upon a time miraculous things happen. This is such a truly different bookon life on art on fish on the development of Van Diemen s Land and neighboring islands It s fact and fiction and myth Sometimes difficult to read but ultimately very worthwhile Is it hallucination imagination mysticism erotic fantasy a gross combination of all and summarized in the world of fish and manThis Novel in Twelve Fish is so much than its title could ever state or imply Under the guise of learning of Billy Gould s task to create paintings of fish we readers will learn the history of much of mankind in the Southern Hemisphere both nativeblack and newcomerwhite and the newcomers tenuous links to their home countries Says Billy Let me confess at this point that never have I been so ill prepared for a task as that of painting the Surgeon s fish A fish is a slippery three dimensional monster that exists in all manner of curves whose colouring surfaces translucent fins suggest the very reason riddle of life When forging money I had always salved my conscience by concluding that I was merely extending the lie of commerce But a fish is a truth loc 1773Billy Gould is obviously one of the newcomers the conscripted This land is not his chosen home The fish are not initially his chosen task But he comes to see a different world in the fish I began to wonder whether as each fish died the world was reduced in the amount of love that you might know for such a creature Whether there was that much less wonder beauty left to go around as each fish was hauled up in the net And if we kept on taking plundering killing if the world kept on becoming ever impoverished of love wonder beauty in conseuence what in the end would be left loc 2552And one final uote from the book Stories as written are progressive sentence must build upon sentence as brick upon brick yet the beauty of this life in its endless mystery is circular Sun moon spheres endlessly circling Black man full circle white man bisected circle life the third circle on on round round loc 4351This is not an easy book At times it can be uncomfortable but it also can be beautiful and is full of insightful moments This book of fish is ultimately a story of mankind on the earth man against man man against nature man against himself uite a uniue book

  • Paperback
  • 449
  • Gould's Book of Fish
  • Richard Flanagan
  • English
  • 05 July 2017
  • 9781843540700