Tasmania,1874 and Toosey, searches his motherless twelve year old son, while his ex-inmate chases him down. A Dickens adventure cast in a wilderness of rough justice and earthy vernacular. It was The Luminaries (Booker winner) that had me seek this era, and Wilson has the quality.
Almost gothic western it does remind one of Cormac McCarthy. A cast of imperfect and damaged characters set in the harshness of post- convict Tasmania. The author keeps you turning the pages as the plot has the well drawn characters struggle and collide in violent and bloody retribution.
This picks up on Wilson's earlier book 'The Roving Party', but you don't need to have read it to enjoy this book. Set in Launceston after the suspension of transportation, it reads a little like a western (think Cormac McCarthy) where damaged men pursue each other and the legacy of convictism lingers.
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At its heart, this is a story about love & grief, loss & vengeance.
Set to the violent & chaotic backdrop of the Launceston Railway Riots in 1870's Tasmania in the searing heat of summer the central characters all demonstrate considerable depth to them, their choices & actions blurring the lines of good vs evil in people & behaviours.
Beautiful language & descriptive writing, the place & time itself bearing impact on the characters' decision making, and excellent to see such great storytelling coming from & about Tasmania, especially depicting the difficult times in its history!
Top stuff all round & hopefully a winner of the 2015 Tasmania Book Prize
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