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by Matthew Kneale

ISBN: 0140285210
ISBN13: 978-0140285215
Language: English
Publisher: Gardners Books; New Ed edition (2001)
Pages: 480
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Matthew Kneale (born 24 November 1960) is a British writer, best known for his 2000 novel English Passengers. Kneale was born in London, the son of screenwriter Nigel Kneale, and the children's writer Judith Kerr.

Matthew Kneale (born 24 November 1960) is a British writer, best known for his 2000 novel English Passengers. He was brought up in Barnes, attended Latymer Upper School in West London, and then studied modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Acclaim for Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers ‘‘As horrifying as it is funny. ago time and a faraway place. ’ - Entertainment Weekly. ‘Some novels are to be savored while curling up in front of a roaring fire. Matthew Kneale’s robust and rollicking historical novel English Passengers is one of the. .So get com-fortable-and be prepared to enter a fascinating world.

Only 20 left in stock (more on the way). The book makes an interesting companion to Barry Unsworth's SACRED HUNGER, another novel that deals with English attitudes towards other races in the context of a sea story, though Unsworth's book is set almost a century earlier. Both books also touch upon the concept of a utopian society, and the various forces which inevitably destroy it. Readers who have enjoyed one book should certainly try the other.

Instead of getting meat cooking on the fire, which was my great desire, I got a war. I never saw one before, no, but I heard stories from Tartoyen, while some things you do understand even without knowing. This was no battle yet, but nearly, with mine on one side and Roingin on other. That was a mystery to confound, yes, as Roingin never could be here, in the world, but must stay in theirs, as everybody knew. Also they weren't enough. Roingin were famous for being many but now they were fewer than mine. Still I could see they were strong, as they had more spears.

This novel would not have been possible without their generous help. ray someone intelligent and interested in words, who is from a culture wholly remote from that of white men but has been educated by them, absorbing English phrases, both formal and informal, that were common in the 1830s. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Matthew Kneale lives in Oxford, England. English Passengers won the Whitbread Book of the Year 2000 award and was nominated for the 2000 Booker Prize. Kneale currently resides in London, Ontario. Библиографические данные.

Ix, 462 pages ; 20 cm. This novel tells two parallel stories: one of three eccentric Englishmen who set sail for Tasmania to find the garden of Eden; the other of a young Tasmanian aborigine and his tribe. This novel tells two parallel stories: one of three eccentric Englishmen who set sail for Tasmania to find the garden of Eden; the other of a young Tasmanian aborigine and his tribe, struggling against the invading British, who prove as lethal in their good intentions as in their cruelty. Originally published: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2000.

Christopher Columbus was looking for a passage to India when he ran full-tilt boogie into the Americas. In 1857 when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other side of the globe.

In 1857 when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other side of the globe. The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson believes the Garden of Eden was on the island of Tasmania. His traveling partner, Dr. Thomas Potter, unbeknownst to Wilson, is developing a sinister thesis about the races of men.

Meanwhile, an aboriginal in Tasmania named Peevay recounts his people's struggles against the invading British, a story that begins in 1824, moves into the present with approach of the English passengers in 1857, and extends into the future in 1870. These characters and many others come together in a storm of voices that vividly bring a past age to life.

Comments:
Leceri
I truly loved the writing, content and style of this book. It vividly recreates a horrific period of time from the first-person perspective of more than five characters; that sounds tiring for the reader, but each separate voice and personality and POV are interwoven so perfectly that the literary effect is like seeing a movie with 3d glasses.

Samowar
When I first picked up this novel, i knew almost nothing about Tasmania not really even its exact location. I am now so much better informed about the early days of this island including its convict settlement at Port Arthur, the British settlers and of course, the sad story of the genocide and eventual extermination of the aborigine population. And, I must say, as sad as that story is , this novel was a delightful and informative read. It is one of the best plotted and well written books that i have read in years. The continuous turns of plots and the intruiguing interplay of the characters voices made the book a delight to read and one I didn’t want to put down. It Certainly ranks up in the top twenty of my most favorite novels.

allegro
Just bought this twice! Read it years ago and was telling a coworker how good it was and got the urge to read it again. Since I very rarely am a rereader, that is my highest praise!

Wenes
Three Englishmen set out on a Manx sailing vessel to reach Tasmania. One is a cleric who believes the island is the site of the Garden of Eden, another is a surgeon with pre-Hitlerian ideas about racial stereotypes, and the third is a young botanist. Interwoven with this is the story of the exploitation and near-extermination of the aboriginal peoples at the hands of the English colonists, whether exploitative or well-intentioned. Taken together, the various interwoven stories, told in a variety of different voices, present a well-researched but damning portrait of colonialism and other nineteenth-century attitudes. Kneale's multiple-narrator technique permits a good deal of irony and even outright humor, and his inclusion of the Manx sea captain and part-time smuggler among these voices adds the picaresque flavor of a sea yarn. My only disappointment, though, is that the author ends by tying up these narrative threads on the comic and adventure-story level, without rising to the kind of spiritual catharsis that his brilliant exposition might have made possible.

The book makes an interesting companion to Barry Unsworth's SACRED HUNGER, another novel that deals with English attitudes towards other races in the context of a sea story, though Unsworth's book is set almost a century earlier. Both books also touch upon the concept of a utopian society, and the various forces which inevitably destroy it. Readers who have enjoyed one book should certainly try the other. While Unsworth has the greater gravitas, Kneale uncovers less well-known areas of history, introduces a more varied cast of characters, and makes the more enjoyable read.

Malhala
Great mix of humour and serious historical perspective.
Interesting that the plot is seen from many points-of-view, which really makes you see things very differently.
More than that, it is an excellent and humorous romp from the Isle of Man to Tasmania and back.

To give a high accolade, I recommended it to two friends at lunch yesterday - I rarely do that!

Winn
The destruction of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania is at the heart of this novel. Told by various characters in letter, journal entries, and eyewitness accounts; English Passengers sees the genocide of these people from many different viewpoints like those of racial supremacists, religous do-gooders, Manx sailors, and Peevay, the man who shows the reader what his people have lost. The skill of the author is evident by speaking in so many different voices, but it becomes a matter of style over substance. The emotional resonance is lost with all the shifting styles and commentaries. A valiant effort, but it left me wondering if any one character might have given this book more emotional weight; a weight this heinous crime deserves. I understand the author is using the amazing stupidity of many of his characters to make his comments for him, it just didn't quite work for me.

Moronydit
A really interesting topic coupled with a wonderful writing style. I know its a cliche, but I couldn't put it down!

If I could, I'd give this one 4.5 stars. I really liked it, it's just not a 5 star for me because I don't think I'll ever re-read it like I would do with books that I really loved. However - I thought it was an excellent book, with interesting characters and history. The multiple points of view took some getting used to, but it all worked smoothly.

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