Sunday, November 22, 2009

Richard Flanagan

A recent post concluded with my stating that I was opposed to Elroy's recapturing recent US history through novels where a Kennedy or Hoover or Hughes was featured on ever page. Imagine then the torque involved in reading a novel where Dickens and John Hope Franklin are two of the major characters. The novel was titled Wanting and it proved to be poetic success, though one which drifted in the purview of J.M Coetzee, now living in Australia. The inner torments of an author (Coetzee's Master of Petersburg) contends with the codification of the indigenous (Waiting For The Barbarians). I found these qualities interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, nearly reading it all in a single sitting.


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