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  • A solid and impressive insight into ghost-writing.

    The book has all sorts of dramatic ironies, given that it is in part the biography of a failed writer written by someone with a Booker prize. The main theme is carried by the aspiring writer's task to deal with a soon-to-be-jailed con-man with slightly weird and unexplained access to information. The role of a "ghost" writer is sustained in odd ways but includes insights into the rather nasty world of publishers and editors. It dragged a bit in places with digressions more likely to appeal to anyone interested in the details of child-birth. I was much more receptive to the occasional back-handers offered to the insularity of Tasmanian self-identified intellectuals - I abandoned Hobart in 1961 but avoided the dreariness of outer-suburban Melbourne. Overall, money well spent.

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  • Death and the Conman

    For me, this is not Flannagan's best novel. I've read them all and enjoyed his writing but this one is a bit of a let down given the standard of his other works. However in saying that, I must add that the description of the birth of the twins is excellent. Perhaps the narrative in this one was a bit disappointing for me.

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  • First person

    I have never read such a stupid book in my life. The other Richard Flanagan books I have read have been good.

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  • Tedious

    This book was tedious and slow. I couldnt connect with any of the characters and I only kept reading because Ithought there would be redemption. I guess the author really made me feel the disconnetion that was at the centre of this book but I feel I wasted my time. Totallt unatisfying.

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  • First Person

    A beautifully written book with plenty of wry Australian humour which softened the brutality of the story, but I feel that it was too long. Also, there was a lot of repetition in regard to his feelings for Heidl. family, etc., which I began to find a little tedious.

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