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    A tale of convicts and fish

    I have read most of Richard Flanagan's novels: captivated by The Narrow Road to the Deep North, engrossed by Death of a River Guide, and held spellbound by The Sound of One Hand Clapping. But Gould's Book of Fish did not live up to my expectations in that it was a bit laboured and difficult to follow.
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    Dissatisfied

    I struggled to read this. After a few pages I had to put it down and only returned to it a week or more later. Then down again. Finally I decided to wade through it to get it off my 'to read' list which I set myself for this year, and in the hope it improved and became something like 'For the term of his natural life' or other such historical fiction. (No pun intended.) Repetitive. The style of language and topics covered were not to my liking. It was disappointing as I am fascinated by sea life and fish. I love historical fiction normally and am an avid reader of Australian literature. I love art. The small snippets of interest in historical happenings is overtaken by crudeness and a lack of depth I expected in such a book that had good reviews. I completely skipped over the italicised sections and tried to find less rambling bits to redeem the book. None of the chapters seemed to go anywhere that tied into others. The end was disappointing. Not sure I really want to read any more of Flanagan's books but I already have one other downloaded so guess I'll try once more.
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