by Gerry, May 25, 2005 2:44 PM
It doesn't really have that much to do with fish. They're just an excuse for William Gould to tell his life story as an inmate in a penal colony on Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). Shocking in its brutality and touching in its humanity, this is an ambitious and cleverly crafted novel. Flanagan's virtuoso skills weave a complex tale, demonstrating that rare ability to not only tell a story, but also to explore the creation and reading of narratives.