English Passengers

English Passengers When a band of smugglers sails for Tasmania believed to be the Garden of Eden they find the British civilization of the aboriginal tribes in full force Each character has a voice in the narration in

  • Title: English Passengers
  • Author: Matthew Kneale
  • ISBN: 9780385497435
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a band of smugglers sails for Tasmania, believed to be the Garden of Eden, they find the British civilization of the aboriginal tribes in full force Each character has a voice in the narration in this bravura performance, which sets new standards for historical and nautical adventure writing.

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    1. The last book I read in 2016 becomes the first I review in 2017. That sounds neat but it also sounds over obvious and not especially interesting - what else should I review first, you might ask (actually I reviewed little of what I read in November and December, and I've already read three books in January so in that sense it is not as obvious as it might seem). There are some neat things about this book too but some others that are over obvious and definitely not specially interesting (and thou [...]

    2. An immensely satisfying read and a literary adventure! That’s what this book was. It began with the first line: Say a man catches a bullet through his skull in somebody’s war, so where’s the beginning of that?How can you not be pulled into a story that begins thus? On top of that, the man behind this first line bears the auspicious name of Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley, and he is as delightful as his name suggests (though you cannot see his more piratical side from the name, but it is the [...]

    3. Say a man catches a bullet through his skull in somebody's war, so where's the beginning of that?This perfectly fine question is posed by captain Illiam Quillian Kewley at the beginning of English Passengers. The year is 1857, and Kewley and his crew of Manx sailors only wished to transport some duty-free liquor from the Isle of Man - strategically located right in the middle of the Irish Sea - to mainland England, where the ruthless British Customs officials were waiting for them to do just tha [...]

    4. An excellently quirky, educational, thought-provoking, and often humourous book that avoids being confusing (despite multiple narrators) or off-putting when describing the more shocking aspects of the near extinction of Aborigines in Tasmania and the views of white supremacists. Even the potentially awkward mix of socio-political themes and jolly japes worksOT(Not saying more than is on the back cover.)It is set in the 1800s and opens with the crew of Sincerity from the Isle of Man, intent on pe [...]

    5. Moderni klasik engleske književnosti Uzgred, autor je bio oduševljen time kako se "po srpski" piše njegovo ime Metju Nil :)

    6. English Passengers is one of the best novels I have ever read. A story told by multiple narrators, it initially focuses on a Manx smuggling vessel which sets off for England only to get chartered to set sail to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) because some crazy reverend is convinced that Van Diemen's Land is the site of the Garden of Eden. Among the ship's many larger-than-life passengers are the reverend himself, a doctor with some rather alarming racial theories and a captain desperate to keep hi [...]

    7. This is one of the few books that I have given up on reading. I had a strong sense of wrongness from many of the point of view (POV) characters and quickly began to skim read before skimming off the book all together.By wrongness I mean that the POVs seemed to me to strike false notes: they didn't seem fictional enough to me. All novels are constructed things. Fiction is the deliberate choice of unreal elements to achieve the effect chosen by the author, but in this case it felt too obviously so [...]

    8. Peevay's take: BOOK started wonderfully. BANG! Like Manx gun. All echoey bouncing off num WHITE MEN. Scuts! Captain Illiam Killian Kewley's take: I came to the godforsaken island of Tasmania speaking my strange Manx tongue, with my Manx crew. If I could have found a way to weigh anchor with the slebby preacher, Reverend Geoffrey Wilson, his nemesis, the snurly Dr. Thomas Potter and the gorm, lazy bones, Timothy Renshaw attached, I would gladly have done so. But instead fate put us all together i [...]

    9. This is a wonderfully original book. A mix of history, intrigue and human suffering this is a unique book with an accessible story that is nevertheless 'literary'.We follow several threads of this story - first a vicar who is obsessed with finding the Garden of Eden in Tasmania. He finds a rich benefactor who funds an expedition to find the garden. Added to the expedition are a doctor with extreme racial views - concerning mental attainment, scientific experimentation etc - and a young man who i [...]

    10. Colonizing EdenThree 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, to [...]

    11. Книга за един непознат геноцид, това е в същността си "Английските пасажери" от Матю Нийл.Не знаех почти нищо за историята и коренното население на остров Тасмания (Земя на Ван Димен), преди да я започна и по време на прочита и на няколко пъти я оставях, за да ровя в нета за доп [...]

    12. Pie šīs grāmatas es tiku blogeru Ziemassvētku apdāvināšanās laikā. MsMarii domāja, ka šī ir tā grāmata, kuru man noteikti vajadzētu izlasīt. Solīja, ka tajā būs ceļojums uz Tasmāniju un daudz humora. Tasmānijas aborigēni un kolonizācija patiešām ir viens no maniem mīļākajiem vēstures tematiem, un tādēļ grāmatu pasūtīju nekavējoties oriģinālvalodā. Ar lasīšanu gan tik raiti neveicās, nevarēju saņemties. Ja godīgi, tad es labprāt būtu viņu pircis ar [...]

    13. Engaging, challenging, witty, and multifaceted, English Passengers is a thrilling, albeit drawn out, romp. Jumping between an immense cast of characters and following to separate storylines, Kneale’s novel is nothing if not ambitious. Indeed, the alternating narratives with their disparate casts would be taxing enough on any reader, but the novel also alternates its style for each and every character who serves as a POV. While the opening stretch of the novel proved to be quite tedious, I soo [...]

    14. The beginning of this book LIES. I love the opening character, Captain Illiam Quilliam Kewley. He is a fabulous, interesting, quirky guy who you want to curl up in front of a fire and spend time with. However the problem is that he doesn't narrate more than a 1/4 of the book. Author LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE tries to draw you in with this good-time guy and then slams you with Tasmanian "savages" in chapters written in an insane dialect that requires a good strong shot of bourbon to get through, st [...]

    15. Very unusual, brilliant book. Witty, fast pacing. The characters, none of them very nice, apart from some of the aborigines are very much alive. Smugglers from Isle of Man, crazy preacher, ex convicts, Tasmanian people, an unpleasant racist doctor, many others tell their stories in separate chapters, written in first person, and the story comes together, like a quilt.It made me think about racism, how somehow, it is almost always the USA that gets mentioned.Yet, British, and later Australian rac [...]

    16. The narration of English Passengers is situated on the two levels… The first is the high farce of the seafaring expedition in search of Eden:“Out through the door I went and behind me I heard what wasn’t any kind of word at all, but a kind of well-spoken howl. Well, given the right day I can be swift enough on my feet. Down those stairs I went, leaping three at a time, then through that sitting-room window clean as a ball through a barrel, and till I was dashing away towards the river. The [...]

    17. High 5. This novel is Dickensian in its scope of characters and is a masterful feat of the interweaving of satire with a tragic yet deftly handled historical portrait of the genocide of the aborigines of Tasmania. Kneale accomplishes this through a sea of narrators and clever use of journals, diaries and official reports. He does so alternating two distinct narratives following their own projectory before allowing them to converge ariving at a denouement which is sublime in how it metes out a fa [...]

    18. A historical novel set in the 19th century, this novel tells the intertwined stories of a shipload of Manx bootleggers; an expedition to find the garden of Eden in Tasmania, led by a misguided, pompous parson, and including a sinister doctor whose theories on racial types motivate him; and the plight of the Tasmanian aborigines whom the English killed, corralled and “civilized,” focusing on one Peevay, a half-caste.A superb, amazing adventure of a book: it’s hilarious at times, using a mul [...]

    19. This is one of the best books I've read in ages: resonant, entertaining, and affecting. At the first level of craft, Kneale's ability to make distinctive and authentic nearly every one of it's full chorus of voices is masterful. But it's more than that. The book's narrative follows two separate trajectories which intersect only briefly, towards the end of the book, and then again diverge; they could well have been two separate books. However, telling us these two stories in parallel brings us di [...]

    20. This narrative is truly a historical adventure. The reader can feel the salt of the sea wind throughout the whole story along the humorous and dramatic moments lived by an expedition full of colourful characters.It is the year 1857 and a voyage is leaving to Tasmania as it is believed to be heaven on earth (literally). One of the leaders is Reverend Geoffrey Wilson, who is hoping to find the true site of the Garden of Eden. Through letters and journals, he communicates his feelings and ideas as [...]

    21. Lazy, simpleminded, almost unremmittingly tedious, although occasionally farcical, sometimes even funny, it's Hollywood action if it was written by a modestly sized Brit in longhand. Most of the casual racism exists in what's missing.Before I quarter this book to keep the horses warm, a word about the author. You might want to turn away now, if you can't handle the truth. Many months ago I'd read half of some collection of his short stories and was left with the impression: moralist, trying too [...]

    22. I'm not sure how qualified I am to review a book beyond saying that I really liked it, adding perhaps a comparative, like, "I really liked it more than the great majority of books I've read in my life."A wonderful story; well-defined characters you want to follow for a long time, a plot that moves along at a good pace and insight into a period of history and part of the world I knew little about. Not being able to predict the ending is a plus, though it's not a book where you're reading just to [...]

    23. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale is a fast moving, incredible tale of a journey made by Manx smugglers who are forced to take boorish English passengers on an expedition to find the Garden of Eden in Tasmania. Each turn of the journey is characterized by bad luck, creative cursing and general head-butting on all accounts. The book features a different viewpoint every 5-10 pages,give or take, and you may find yourself cheating the cliffhangers to find out if a viewpoint you enjoy has met an u [...]

    24. The multiple-voice first-person narrative is difficult to pull off; shifting perspectives can destroy momentum, at the very least breaking up the rhythm. And if there aren't distinctive voices, the reader is left wondering: What was the point of this approach?Matthew Kneale's "English Passengers" does have a bit of the herky-jerky to it, but, if you're going to take the narrative approach he does — if memory serves, there are more than 20 different narrators — it's hard to imagine it being d [...]

    25. Lots of glowing reviews from friends got me excited to read English Passengers, and it didn't disappoint. This novel about an ill-fated expedition to search for the Garden of Eden in Tasmania takes the voice of many narrators, some contributing only a single chapter and a core handful returning several times. The characters we get to know best include a few great ones: Illiam Quillian Kewley is a Manx smuggler with a wry sense of humor and a philosophical attitude toward the many mishaps that b [...]

    26. A true, unforgettable wonder. A literary masterpiece with a great historic touch that brings the beginning of 19th century back to life. The age of collonialism, of conquer and dominance. Of great fight between faith and science. Of death and sorrow of smaller nations, tribes that should never had been discovered. Here is a sad story of Tasmania and its last call for independance. Mathhew Kenale's novel is rich, moving with many voices to hear.

    27. English colonizers of Tasmania - Again British conquerors land and the battle of ideals that ensued but the location is a new one for me. Interesting read.

    28. Babel on the rocks*Il passeggero inglese (titolo chissà perché tradotto al singolare, rispetto al The English Passengers dell’originale ben più coerente con la trama) è un romanzo bizzarro, ispirato dall’ambizioso proposito dell’autore di destreggiarsi contemporaneamente su vari livelli:- una polifonia di voci di innumerevoli personaggi, tutti narranti in prima persona, espressione di svariate nazioni, popoli, religioni, addirittura razze;- un complicato romanzo di avventure che va let [...]

    29. This is an ALMOST 5 star review: This is a Dickensian adventure-voyage-quest-historical book about almost everything. The bare bones is that we have many narrators and modes of narration. The story reels from satire to revelations of genocide; from sweeping adventure to historical indictment. This book is fiction but the historical genocide of the "aborigines" of Tasmania is not. Some of the characters are loveable in a Dickensian way--funny eccentrics. Other seek adventure and a bit of profit. [...]

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