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Wanting by Richard Flanagan
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Jun 08, 2009

it was ok
Read in June, 2009

I feel as if I should value this read more.
It was very depressing, but not in a moving way, more a "why am I reading this?" way.
The author's note at the end helped explain his purpose but still I found it hard going and almost put it aside.
Not a style I enjoy although well written with lofty themes and certainly a subject matter well-known to this Tasmanian writer.
Sir John & Lady Jane's portions were flat as were Mathinna's at times. Only Dickens was interesting to me.
Disappointing and partially my failing as a reader with this subject & theme.

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