Richard Flanagan [Pdf Kindle ePUB] Gould's Book of Fish


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  • Gould's Book of Fish
  • Richard Flanagan
  • English
  • 13 February 2018
  • 9781843540700

10 thoughts on “Gould's Book of Fish

  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 of what

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    If like Gould we gaze into life’s ocean and paint what we sea will the fish be like us the fish be like meThe 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 pau

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    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

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    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 en

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    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

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    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 c

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    This is a beau

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    This book lies well beyond this reviewer's abilities

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    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 o

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    An afterthought I ran into this rave review here the other dayhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshowand it made me think whew an intelligent human being not only liked this pile of self congratulatory rat's feces but loved it and wanted to marry it so this made me thinkMAYBE I WAS A LITTLE HASTYDamn I hate it when I'm not 100% righ

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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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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 If like Gould we gaze into life s ocean and paint what we sea will the fish be like us the fish be like meThe 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 memoryThe answer is yesWhen we realize that definitions belong to the definer not the defined when we come to the comforting conclusion that books are the tongue of divine wisdom and that by definer s definition means they are nothing than follies destined forever to be misunderstood may we at least come to the place like Gould where we recognize that the flashpoint of event to memory is anything but truthNow we are asking the right uestion

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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


About the Author: Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan born 1961 is an author historian and film director from Tasmania Australia He was president of the Tasmania University Union and a Rhodes Scholar Each of his novels has attracted major praise His first Death of a River Guide 1994 was short listed for the Miles Franklin Award as were his next two The Sound of One Hand Clapping 1997 and Gould's Book of Fish 2001 Hi