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Publisher Comments:

"English Passengers is an old-fashioned book in the best sense: epic in scale, crammed with outsize characters, set in a long-ago time and a faraway place... 'A-'"

-Entertainment Weekly

"Robust and rollicking...unforgettable...It's tough to pull off a memorable epic, but Kneale has done it. So get comfortable, and be prepared to enter a fascinating world."

-New York Post

When Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband-but not all—confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship Sincerity up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other side of the globe.

The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson believes the Garden of Eden was on the island of Tasmania. His traveling partner, Dr. Thomas Potter, unbeknownst to Wilson, is developing a revolutionary, and sinister, thesis of his own, about the races of men. And these passengers are perhaps only slightly more odd than the crew itself, a diverse and lively bunch better equipped to entertain one another than to steer Sincerity around Cape Horn and across the Indian Ocean. Yet they set sail, pointed southward and bound for a thrilling, epic romp across the high seas and cultures of the nineteenth century.

Meanwhile, an aboriginal in Tasmania named Peevay recounts his people's struggles against the invading British, who prove as lethal in their good intentions as in their cruelty. This is no Eden but a world of hunting parties and colonial ethnic cleansing. As the English passengers haplessly approach Peevay's land, their bizarre notions ever more painfully at odds with reality, we know a mighty collision is looming.

Full of dangerous humor, English Passengers combines wit, adventure, and harrowing historical detail in a mesmerizing display of storytelling. Narrated by over twenty different characters, each one so distinct that the reader has the sense of a story not so much told as dazzlingly peopled, Matthew Kneale has created a buoyant tale, beautifully presented in a storm of voices that brings a past age to vivid and memorable life.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

While two Englishmen head for Tasmania on a confiscated pirate ship in search of the Garden of Eden, the British continue their violent "civilization" of the natives in this "paradise." Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

A Manx crew and three English passengers arrive at Tasmania in the 1850s to discover that the aboriginal way of life is gone forever.

About the Author

Matthew Kneale, the author of several novels, lives in Italy. English Passengers is his American debut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307484314
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Matthew Kneale
Author:
Kneale, Matthew
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Tasmania
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Tasmanian aborigines.
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Aboriginal Tasmanians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010116
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
464

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English Passengers: A Novel
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Product details 464 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307484314 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , While two Englishmen head for Tasmania on a confiscated pirate ship in search of the Garden of Eden, the British continue their violent "civilization" of the natives in this "paradise." Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , A Manx crew and three English passengers arrive at Tasmania in the 1850s to discover that the aboriginal way of life is gone forever.
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