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It is 1844. 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 in the place of savagery, impulse and desire.

A quarter of a century passes. Somewhere in the Arctic, Sir John Franklin has disappeared with his crew and two ships on an expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. The people of England are 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 become joined by unexpected events and tragedies, Wanting transforms into a stunning contemporary meditation on the ways in which desire -- and its denial -- shape all our lives.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9781443400572
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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 :)

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.

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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