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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. Fish Well why not Maybe we have lost the ability that sixth sense that allows us to see the miracles and have visions and understand that we are something other larger than we have been told Maybe evolution has been going on in reverse longer than I suspect and we are already sad dumb fishHard to argue with that although any resemblance I may share with the pot bellied seahorse is purely coincidentalThis is a beautiful book for all its scabrous people and doings It is as any good blurbist will tell you wonderfully imagined A modern day con man finds a book of watercolour painted fish with accompanying text from a convict in early 19th century Australia Is it real Soon we are swimming in the story of that book of cruel confinement drugged visions of grandeur race sex every emotion and every type of man a fine kettle of fish While there is allegory to satisfy the biggest Thomas Mann fan there is also writing that provokes as it amuses In one sentence he eviscerates an entire legal system In that courtroom there was a lot of dark wood trying to take itself seriously Seriously If you ve spent any time in the majesty of the law you will appreciate that that single sentence defines it even as it destroys it Yet our protagonist finding himself in the dock is able to reflect Because you see I was born not an evil man but simply the bastard issue of a fair day s passion a folly a three thimble trick like my present name beneath whichever one you lift there is nothingThat s some writing chops thereBut he s not done My real crime was seeing the world for what it is painting it as a fishThe kettle is not simply an island penal colony but the European system that would send men there a Europe exploding into a thousand atonal notes See Thomas Mann reference above At best a picture a book are only open doors inviting you into an empty house once inside you just have to make the rest up as well as you canThis book is subtitled A Novel in Twelve Fish and there are indeed twelve chapters each with a wonderful painting of a fish twelve different types of fish There are a dozen or so colleagues on the floor where I work It was fun and relatively easy to assign a matching fish to each one Oh Serpent Eel you know who you are The Weedy Seadragon the Kelpy the Stargazer the Striped Cowfish the Crested Weedfish the Silver Dory the Freshwater Crayfish the Porcupine Fish the Leatherjacket the Sawtooth Shark and you know like I said the Pot Bellied Seahorse I like my fellow fish Richard Flanagan writes But he also says I simply had spent too much time in their company staring at them committing the near criminal folly of thinking there was something individually human about them when the truth is that there is something irretrievable fishy about us allI have to read all Richard Flanagan s other books now Entrepreneurial Vernacular pot bellied seahorse is Advanced C Programming by Example purely coincidentalThis is a beautiful book for all its scabrous Poslije svega (After, people and doings It is as any good blurbist will tell you wonderfully imagined A modern day con man finds a book of watercolour Die Herrenschneiderei painted fish with accompanying text from a convict in early 19th century Australia Is it real Soon we are swimming in the story of that book of cruel confinement drugged visions of grandeur race sex every emotion and every type of man a fine kettle of fish While there is allegory to satisfy the biggest Thomas Mann fan there is also writing that Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone present name beneath whichever one you lift there is nothingThat s some writing chops thereBut he s not done My real crime was seeing the world for what it is Pretend God Is Deaf painting it as a fishThe kettle is not simply an island Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide penal colony but the European system that would send men there a Europe exploding into a thousand atonal notes See Thomas Mann reference above At best a Las Puertas Del Amor picture a book are only open doors inviting you into an empty house once inside you just have to make the rest up as well as you canThis book is subtitled A Novel in Twelve Fish and there are indeed twelve chapters each with a wonderful Discoveries painting of a fish twelve different types of fish There are a dozen or so colleagues on the floor where I work It was fun and relatively easy to assign a matching fish to each one Oh Serpent Eel you know who you are The Weedy Seadragon the Kelpy the Stargazer the Striped Cowfish the Crested Weedfish the Silver Dory the Freshwater Crayfish the Porcupine Fish the Leatherjacket the Sawtooth Shark and you know like I said the Pot Bellied Seahorse I like my fellow fish Richard Flanagan writes But he also says I simply had spent too much time in their company staring at them committing the near criminal folly of thinking there was something individually human about them when the truth is that there is something irretrievable fishy about us allI have to read 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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 The Freeze-Frame Revolution penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 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 His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch point that never have I been so ill The Doctors Dating Bargain prepared for a task as that of The Collection 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 Whispers of Feathers 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

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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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  1. says:

    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 o

  2. says:

    If like Gould we gaze into life’s ocean and paint what we sea will the fish be like us the fish be like me?The answer is yesWhen like Gould we search for the hero to our history the savior of our story and find that files were god’s joke on memory and that beauty is life’s revolt against life is it ok like Percy Shelly to pause and reflect that we were injured and that means memory?The answer is yesWhen we realize that de

  3. says:

    A book this big offers an entire sea of woe and wonder as well as auatic metaphors It’s about life love and death as well as the importance of truth and how slippery like a fish it can be It’s a fascinating history of Sarah Island home of a notorious 19th century penal colony in Van Diemen’s Land now Tasmania And it features

  4. says:

    Gould's Book of Fish is a modern postmodern parahistorical novel I can’t define what it does exactly mean but it sounds greatI had begun with the comforting conclusion that books are the tongue of divine wisdom and had ended only with the thin hunch that all books are grand follies destined forever to be misunderstoodA

  5. says:

    Fish? Well why not? Maybe we have lost the ability that sixth sense that allows us to see the miracles and have visions and understand that we are something other larger than we have been told Maybe evolution has been going on in reverse longer than I suspect and we are already sad dumb fishHard to argue with that although any resemblance I may share with the pot bellied seahorse is purely coincidentalThis is a beautiful book for all its s

  6. says:

    This novel of life in a penal colony on Sarah Island off Tasmania in the 1820's could be characterized as a scatological

  7. says:

    This is a beautifully written book but it is not for me I was fascinated with William Buelow Gould and I also love anything to do with fish I fish flyfishing paint and love fish So why didn't this book appeal to me? Well I really don't knowAnd as for the ending well it was sheer fantasyShame an excellent author but then

  8. says:

    This book lies well beyond this reviewer's abilities

  9. says:

    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 I

  10. says:

    An afterthought I ran into this rave review here the other dayhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshowand it made me think whew an intelligent