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The Gulliver Fortune

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Sweeping from 18th-century London to the early days of Australia, from the Russian Revolution to the golden days of Hollywood, here is a magnificent novel of a captivating family whose wealth will finally be measured in the 1980s with the proposed sale of a long-lost painting.
403 pages
Published (first published February 1st 1990)
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Jul 02, 2014 Jillian rated it really liked it
A cracking good read. A long lost Turner painting held in trust for a century, a dispersed migrant family whose forebears were orphaned on the way to Australia, revolutions in South America and the Pacific Islands, trade, love, murder, fraud and cultural change - all interwoven by a master storyteller at ease with his context and history. Corris creates characters we recognise - easily capable of the seven deadly sins but sufficient of them struggling for virtue to keep us hoping for redemption ...more
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Feb 08, 2014 Dillwynia Peter rated it really liked it
I can imagine British readers finding this series of plots a little far fetched, but in reality, the story represents immigration in the early 20th Century. Countries such as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Chile/ Argentina and Australia all have stories of shattered family connections; it is not uncommon for extended family connections to break due to poor communication and for people to scatter across the globe. Both sides of my family have definitely experienced this.

For me, the main theme is th
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Peter Corris’s first novel was published in 1980 and he has been a full time writer since 1982. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the Australian crime story was in the hands of writers producing mass market pulp novelettes, chief among them being Alan Yates (Carter Brown). Although written in Australia, these stories usually had pseudo American or British settings. Peter Corris is credited with ...more
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