From the Wreck

  • Title: From the Wreck
  • Author: Jane Rawson
  • ISBN: 9780995359451
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unlimited From the Wreck - by Jane Rawson - From the Wreck, From the Wreck From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a f
    Unlimited From the Wreck - by Jane Rawson - From the Wreck, From the Wreck From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a f

    • Unlimited From the Wreck - by Jane Rawson
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    From the Wreck

    About Jane Rawson


    1. Jane Rawson grew up in Canberra During years as a travel editor and writer, mostly for Lonely Planet, she dawdled around the streets of San Francisco, Prague and Phnom Penh and left smitten She has also worked as the Environment Editor for news website The Conversation She likes cats, quiet, minimal capitalisation, and finding out that everything is going to be OK.


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    1. What an incredible gem of a book What starts off as a historical novel of the wrecking of a ship soon takes an unusual but brilliant twist as we follow one survivor, George a man on board, and the other a being from another planet What follows is a twisting, haunting yet sometimes hilarious and heartbreaking tale of characters who all want to belong to someone or something Utterly brilliant One of my favourite reads of the year so far.

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    2. Plot spoilers alert I had never read Jane Rawson until now, and I just love this book From the Wreck weaves a tale based in a completely believable real world Port Adelaide of the 1850s, but the net is shot through with luminous or, rather, bioluminescent threads of magic The book keeps us floating in a sense of timeless wonder, drifting back and forth between the hard reality of life on land with the boot stompers and the beautiful world that simmers and shimmers beneath the ocean s waves.Rawso [...]

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    3. Move over Kurt Vonnegut Jr s Tralfamadorians, there s a new alien in town.In Jane Rawson s fourth novel, From the Wreck, she takes her unique approach to historical fiction Rawson is known for playing with form and function within narrative structures Her first novel, A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, blended dystopian fiction with the motifs of a humorous road trip and was shortlisted for an Aurealis award Her novel Formaldehyde cemented Rawson as an author known for their quirky shif [...]

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    4. This is a beautiful and utterly unique book, about loneliness and belonging, trauma and recovery all with a shape shifting alien thrown in That makes it sound much wackier than it is this is sad, lovely and deeply original.

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    5. The author recreates the shipwreck tale of her great great grandfather who survived 8 days on the sea before being rescued It could have been a nice enough story but to provide some spice the author adds to the mix a shape shifter alien marooned on Earth The story moves from the third person when describing the human characters to a drifting complex of words when narrated by shape shifter Quite an accomplishment which worked for me.Family history genealogies will never read the same again.

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    6. In 1859 George Hill survived the sinking of the Admella The way how he survived will hunt him foreverThis is an original and intriguing story set in Australia It reads like a family drama with a supernatural touch I loved the alien aspect and what it did to George but was puzzled by his son Henry, who behaved too macabre for my taste A couple of times the abrupt changes in style and perspective from one chapter to the next confused me Not only the setting changed, also the mood and the tempo and [...]

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    7. Spectacularly late to the party on this one, but so glad I finally got around to reading this Reading More like devouring.

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    8. From the Wreck Transit Lounge Publishing 2017 is the new novel from author Jane Rawson and it is utterly, utterly strange and compelling It s difficult to find the right words to even begin to describe this evocative hybrid of historical fiction and science fiction, this tale of grief and loss combined with playfulness, adventure and imagination At its centre is the tragedy of the 1859 sinking of the steamship Admella, off the coast of South Australia, and the story of the survival of George Hil [...]

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    9. If the world was fair and just Jane Rawson s From the Wreck would win numerous awards, both literary and genre Not that shiny trophies are the arbiter of great fiction, but they do draw attention to the nominees and this a novel that s worthy of the hype and buzz regularly applied to lesser works From the Wreck is an extraordinary piece of writing, in the way it blends genres, in the way its ambitions are matched by sublime prose, in the way it explores and questions life in all its varied state [...]

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    10. Jane Rawson writes the most unusual, genre defying books and this novel is no exception Somehow it seamlessly blends historical and speculative fiction while remaining true and invested in both Wonderful concept, beautifully executed.Full review wattswrites 2017 12 04 rev

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    11. Genre bending, ambitious, wild and magical I loved this novel Rawson challenges the boundaries of historical fiction with a shape shifting alien character She takes us on a journey from dusty and dry 19th century Adelaide, drags us down into the deepest oceans, flings us out past the stars and into space and then reels us back to earth again This tale of loneliness, trauma and grief is equal measures tender, dark and playful This novel is original and deeply human Rawson is masterful at stretchi [...]

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    12. An interesting novel with a different approach I didn t really enjoy it but could see the writer was aiming for another level Lots of people admire this book but it didn t work for me.

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    13. Thank you Jane Rawson for giving me this book to read.When I first started reading this book I couldn t get it The part after the ship sank was just a bit confusing for me I just wasn t understanding what was going on but I kept on reading and I m so glad I did This is an awesome story about life in the 1860 s and beings from somewhere else It is wonderfully written and cleverly crafted in a story.I admired how you have taken a true story about a ship that your great great grandfather was on and [...]

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    14. Strange and compelling Utterly unique I love the writing style and character development The alien aspect didn t really appeal to me, but overall it was an engaging and atmospheric read.

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    15. From the Wreck is at surface level the tale of George Hills, ancestor of author Jane Rawson In the afterword, Rawson describes her decision in fictionalising Hills story post research into the real life wreck of the Admella The value of immersive research is evident in Rawson s depiction of a richly layered historical landscape that is never bogged down by restrictive detail Rawson skilfully reveals nothing than those crumbs required to appreciate the unfolding dramas of the characters.Full mus [...]

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    16. Jane is my friend and her book snapped me out of a months long reading slump I liked it quite a lot a genre mixing historical fiction with a bit of sci fi in the background, but also a mediation on what it means to be haunted by past trauma, how past trauma has reverberations on later generations, and also about travel about feeling compelled to wander and explore, and about how eventually you might feel content to stay in one place.

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    17. This is certainly a unique and interesting book I found it a little hard to engage with at times, but it was intriguing enough to keep me going with it.I received my copy through First Reads.

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    18. Intriguing read a story with historical basis but with a twist and a touch of magical realism or fantasy about it, where George Hills, survivor of a ship wreck in 1859, is plagued by memories of how he survived, and who helped him and the question of how the woman came into the life of his son, Henry.

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    19. From the cover alone, you just know that From the Wreck is going to be eerie and possibly sad What the cover doesn t tell you is that there will be a strange kind of beauty combined with history, family and loss This is a novel that contains many themes and several genres between its pages, but somehow it just all works together The prose is rhythmical and enveloping, drawing you in to the tale of George Hills who happens to be an ancestor of the author.George is working towards marrying his swe [...]

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    20. Once there were boys, and then there were men, and then there was an alien that came and threw out all the orders that came before She tells us it means little, that we are only specks in a great big universe We float around by forces outside our control Yet we cannot help but live in gravity, with gravity We cannot help but mean things to each other, to ourselves George Hills makes sense of a shipwreck and a strange woman who saves his life the only way he knows how, through the narrative of th [...]

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    21. I loved this book On paper the premise definitely sounds fun a historical shipwreck novel with aliens but it is not just fun It has profound and beautiful things to say about being human or non human, and the relationships between the two The voice of the alien is so wonderfully done, and without ever sacrificing its strangeness in favour of human relatability And the humans are great too.

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    22. A hypnotic and compelling book by Australia s genre bending queen Jane Rawson Here she merges historical fiction with a shape shifting siren succubus alien And it s beautiful and profound She explores themes including loneliness, stasis, trauma and familial bonds Loved it.

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    23. Too weird and non sensical for me I just didn t get it The whole alien thing What was actually going on No idea And all that first person self analysis Over done Trying to be too arty, too important, and turning out to be too self indulgent.

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    24. Set in Adelaide, I really wanted to enjoy this but was mostly disappointed.

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    25. Terrifically original Great to read something set in Adelaide too.

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    26. Whizzed through this gripping beach read A great after work book when you just want to relax with a good story

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    27. This book was choice

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    28. Beautifully written spec fiction loved.

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    29. A lovely book full of conflicting and confronting emotions The wonders of childhood and horrors of adulthood meet head to head, leaving you with the sense they re part of the same fragile dream.

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    30. Beautiful touching tale, bit of a genre mash up historical sci fi but just written so well Not what I expected by any stretch but so so so very stunning.

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