Constable, 2008, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First Edition
Set in north-western Queensland, in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance, Carpentaria paints an unforgettable portrait of the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, the land's original inhabitants. Their battles are with relative newcomers Joseph Midnight's renegade Eastend mob, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine. By turns operatic and surreal, Wright's storytelling is a blend of myth and scripture, farce and politics. Her extraordinary characters - Elias Smith the outcast saviour, the religious zealot Mozzie Fishman, the murderous mayor Stan Bruiser, the moth-ridden Captain Nicoli Finn, the activist and prodigal son Will Phantom, and, above all, the rulers of the family, the queen of the rubbish-dump and the fish-embalming king of time, Angel Day and Normal Phantom - are larger than life figures who stride across this stormtossed world. 'Wright's is the authentic Aboriginal voice. With humour and occasional farce, but always with an underlying truthfulness, she delivers a brutal portrait of the physical and psychological violence between the white newcomers and the original inhabitants. Size: Large Octavo. 439 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Previous owner's signature in ink. Gilt titles & snake decoration spine. white cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Australian Fiction; Novels; Aboriginal Australians; Australia; Indigenous Cultures. ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9781845297213. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3074.