Clare's Reviews > Wanting

Wanting by Richard Flanagan
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Oct 21, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2009

What I learned from Wanting is embodied in a short line in Chapter 1:

'Though he was weaning them off their native
diet of berries and plants and shellfish and
game, and onto flour and sugar and tea, their
health seemed in no way comparable to what it
had been.'

Ah, the folly of "civilized" beings who impose their way of life upon the "savages" of the world.

Wanting contains many stories: the tale of a haughty woman who chooses social experimentation over genuine love,the lessons of a writer who imposes order upon the world by refuting the truth of an Arctic expedition gone bad, and the despoiling of an Eden-like existence by those who fancy themselves as protectors.

This book is fascinating in its veracity, its description of innocence and corruption, and its story of a little girl who is haunted by dreams of her father.

I enjoyed Wanting immensely. The writing is superb, the tale both delicate and brutal in its description of colonialism. Don't miss this book, one of the best I've read this year.

1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Wanting.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.