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Genuinely gripping, ingeniously plotted, and always convincingly researched, Bradley's novel has plenty of propulsive intelligence to keep the reader hooked. Bradley's first book was a volume of award-winning poetry, and he brings a poet's aptitude for language and repeated images to Wrack. Sometimes, however, this preoccupation hamstrings an otherwise compelling adventure tale. Imagery of shards crops up incessantly, which is perhaps a bit literal-minded for a novel with an archaeologist protagonist. "A memory, or perhaps less than a memory, a shard, a fragment" is a typical (fragmented) sentence--not very helpful prose and not even very nice poetry. If a book is going to invoke Michael Ondaatje as heavily as this one does, it needs to deliver more compelling writing. Still, fans of The English Patient--and Dava Sobel's Longitude, for that matter--should find much to admire in Bradley's cleverly looped and configured tale of ships at sea and lovers in sand. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This may not be a literary masterpiece but as first effort one must recognize its relative strengths. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Jeffrey Swystun
WRACK is heart breaking story of love and obsession. Mixing a search for proof that the Portuguese were the first to reach Australia with a murder mystery and a love story may not... Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by J. Carroll
I don't know what's up with the state (or politics) of Australian letters that a book this bad would receive such critical acclaim, but there must be some serious mojo afoot... Read morePublished on July 22, 2004 by C. Cottrel
I read the reviews on the book's back cover and expected greatness. As the first review stated I indeed kept turning the pages -- but only to skip over the chapters that had little... Read morePublished on March 23, 2002
I feel obligated to give Wrack a good review - it was well written, completely engaging, functioned on a few different levels and was well thought out. Read morePublished on February 22, 2002 by Chris MB
You'll learn more about early Australian history, and the history of map making, than you'd ever imagine. Read morePublished on November 5, 2001 by Samuel W. Harnish, Jr.