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Wrack by [James Bradley]
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From AudioFile

An Australian archaeologist named David delves deeply into the mystery of a sixteenth-century Portuguese ship, reportedly wrecked off the coast of New South Wales. Bradley's lyrical prose tells a complex story of obsessive love during WWII, fascinating mapmaking lore, the challenges of digging for a fabled sunken wreck, fiercely rivalrous empires, continental discovery, and murder. Humphrey Bower adroitly captures David's palpable frustration and ambition as he impatiently holds vigil over the dying recluse Kurt, listening to his rambling reminiscences and hoping for a hint of the ship's location. Bower's light Australian accent subtly segues to Kurt's hoarseness and a female doctor's Indian accent while slowly and deliberately revealing clue after clue. Bower captures the intensity of David's passion for archaeological discovery, and the story's overarching theme of conquest and love, as the novel builds to its enthralling climax. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

A seamless fusion of dramatic wartime love story, historical fiction and archeological murder mystery, Australian writer Bradley's accomplished debut novel has a dreamlike compulsion. Archeologist David Norfolk, obsessively searching for a 16th-century Portuguese ship wrecked on the coast of New South Wales, digs up the body of a man shot to death 50 years earlier. An Ondaatjean hermit, cantankerous, cancer-ridden and living in a nearby shack, holds the clue both to the victim's identity and the ship's whereabouts. As David and his ex-girlfriend Dr. Claire Sen tend to the dying recluse, Kurt Seligmann, and resume a romance of their own, they listen to their patient reminisce about the years 1937-1942, when he was an archeologist from Sidney, living in occupied Singapore and embroiled in an affair with the wife of his mentor and best friend, Fraser McDonald. (The corpse on the beach, it turns out, could be Fraser.) Seligmann, too, once searched for the wreck that Norfolk seeksAa ship that, if found, could challenge Tasman and Cook's claim to have discovered the continent and would explain the presence of the land mass on Renaissance maps. Bradley adroitly interpolates details of the fierce rivalry between the 16th-century Spanish and Portuguese empires, and fascinating lore on mapmaking. His prose, which alternates between clipped, declarative statements and lyrical, metaphor-filled cadenzas, may make too sweet a meal for some readers. The novel's concluding wordsA"the past is... a shifting sea with nothing at its center, except illusions, and loss"Aexemplifies the kind of generalization that weakens this otherwise suspenseful story. Yet Bradley's skill in interweaving the novel's strands to create a graceful meditation on death, ambition and obsession creates a memorable novel. (May) FYI: Wrack won two Australian literary awards and was shortlisted for the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first book.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 1160 KB
  • Print Length : 341 pages
  • Publisher : Random House Australia (September 1, 2015)
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Publication Date : September 1, 2015
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B013FOCF5A
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.1 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

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