Wanting

Wanting

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Baker & Taylor
Assuming the governorship of the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Sir John Franklin and his wife adopt a young Aboriginal girl, Mathinna, and ten years later after Franklin and his crew disappear in the Arctic, Charles Dickens takes an interest in the story, which has a profound affect on this own life.

Perseus Publishing
One of our most inventive and important international literary voices, Richard Flanagan now delivers Wanting, a powerful and moving tale of colonialism, ambition, and the lusts and longings that make us human.
It is 1841. In the remote penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land, a barefoot aboriginal girl sits for a portrait in a red silk dress. She is Mathinna, the adopted daughter of the island’s governor, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, and the subject of a grand experiment in civilization—one that will determine whether science, Christianity, and reason can be imposed on savagery, impulse, and desire. Years later, somewhere in the Arctic, Sir John Franklin has disappeared with his crew and two ships on an expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. England is horrified by reports of cannibalism filtering back from search parties, no one more so than the most celebrated novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, for whom Franklin’s story becomes a means to plumb the frozen depths of his own life.


Blackwell North Amer
Wanting begins in 1839 when the famous Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin assumes governorship of the remote penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. His wife, Lady Jane, becomes captivated with a lively young Aboriginal girl called Mathinna, one of the few survivors of a brutal war of extermination waged against the island's original inhabitants. The Franklins adopt Mathinna, making her the subject of a grand social experiment - to determine whether science, Christianity, and reason can be imposed in the place of savagery, impulse, and desire.
Years later, on an expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Sir John Franklin, with two ships and his crew, disappears in the Arctic. England is horrified by reports of cannibalism filtering back from search parties, no one more so than the most celebrated novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, for whom Franklin's story becomes a means to plumb the frozen depths of his own life.
As several lives are transfigured by unexpected events and unnoticed tragedies, Wanting transforms into a stunning meditation on the ways in which desire - and its denial - shape our lives.

Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780802119001
080211900X
Branch Call Number: FICTION FLANAGAN
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 22 cm

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mantecond
Jun 04, 2017

I really liked this book, Mr. Flanagan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the 2nd book of his I have read. Although delicious in a different way than the Narrow Road to the North, this story of Mr. Dickens and Mathinna, in fact all of the characters, is so well written and well researched, one of the things I love about Flanagan! I like to keep my Wikipedia app open when I read a good historical fiction, and all of the characters in this book are real, and the maps right on point, well worth the read, and I highly recommend it :)

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January1545
Oct 14, 2014

This is one of the best novels I have ever read. And now Richard Flanagan has won the Booker for his most recent book.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This story is set in Tasmania in the mid-19th century. It is about aboriginal people, crims and settlers, with Dickens and Franklin making appearances.

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