English Passengers

by Matthew Kneale | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by nanny60read of Toronto, Ontario Canada on 10/13/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by nanny60read from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 13, 2005
A Sea Adventure in the mid 1800's on the way to Tasmania and on the other end a tale of an aborigine and his struggles against the invading British.

At one funny and cruel and yet wonderful.

Book will be on its way from Canada to Norway as soon as I get an address

Journal Entry 2 by nanny60read at -- Controlled Release in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 17, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (10/17/2005 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Toronto, Ontario Canada



Journal Entry 3 by mirthful from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Thursday, October 20, 2005
I had a massive moment of confusion just now when UPS called to say they had a package for me... UPS? What have I ordered and forgotten about now...?!

Very happy to find it was English Passengers. I'm really looking forward to reading this, it's been on my "look for" list for ages.

Journal Entry 4 by nanny60read from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
sent to fellow bcr in England

Journal Entry 5 by mirthful from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Friday, October 28, 2005
Oops, BCID-confusion? Still with me - I'm just about half way through now (and enjoying it muchly).

Journal Entry 6 by mirthful from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Wednesday, November 09, 2005
(Copied from my bookblog entry:)

English Passengers actually lived up to my expectations, providing an enjoyable, but also thought-provoking tale. Most of the people inhabiting Kneale's universe are pretty hard to like, actually, and still I feel it was woth getting to know them. And you do get to know them. The novel consists of fairly short chapters written "by" (from the point of view of) the characters themselves, I count 22 narrators in all. Captain Illiam Quilliam Kewley, besides having the most wonderful name, is also one of the more worthwhile aquaintances the book offers, his style is straightforward and matter-of-fact, but with some highly personal observances to spice it up. Peevay, the Tasmanian aborigine, recounts his people's rather miserable story after the arrival of "the white man" in a wonderfully poetic (for lack of a better word) language, and therefore provides some of the most fascinating sequences in the book. Dr. Thomas Potter is a wonderful counterbalance to Peevay, espousing his horribly familiar theories of racial types in a rather enjoyable diary jargong.

I'm sending this to a friend in Sweden who said she wanted to read it (and promised to release it once she'd finished).

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