Carpentaria

Carpentaria

by Alexis Wright

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/08/2006

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Alexis Wright is one of Australia's finest Aboriginal writers. Carpentaria is her second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland.

The novel's portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight's renegade Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other.

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.

ISBN:
9781920882310
9781920882310
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-08-2006
Publisher:
Giramondo Publishing Co
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
528
Dimensions (mm):
198x128mm

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