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English Passengers: A Novel [Matthew Kneale] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his. Steven Poole is bowled over by the panache of a Matthew Kneale’s novel, English Passengers, with its 21 narrators. Instead of getting meat cooking on the fire, which was my great desire, I got a war . I never saw one before, no, but I heard stories from Tartoyen.

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Their utter cluelesness combined with the vivid animosity for one another serves for many a comic moment. Many months ago I’d read half of some collection of his short stories and was left with the impression: I can’t say I was happy about the arrangement.

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You might want to turn away now, if you can’t handle the truth. Trivia About English Passengers. Potter is convinced that the Saxon race is above all in intelligence and capabilities, destined to rule above other races: And there we encounter an atrocious chapter of British imperial history and the denigration of the Tasmanian Aboriginals.

Sep 27, Ints rated it it was amazing Shelves: Passengets joje daug visko.

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Despite these misgivings, the novel is so meticulously detailed that I may draw more meaningful conclusions passengerd a future reading. The only other book that I have also re-read as many times although not in a row, more like once a year is Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.

The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson believes the Garden of Eden was on the isl In when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put bby ship up for charter.


I get the idea.

They stopped and looked round when they saw me coming in my chase, and looked like they were about to start asking foolish questions — which I was in no mood to stop and answer — but fortunately just that moment there was a bright flash from the upstairs window of the house, and also a mighty bang, that settled their curiosity nice as nip. Peevay’s sections progress towards the future, where Sincerity is sailing for Tasmania, and are alternated with chapters narrated by the crew and those composed of letters and dispatched from other English settlers: Views Read Edit View history.

Then I looked at his photo. Paperbackpages.

English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

However, the real reason to pick up the book is Kneale’s phenomenal writing. English Passengers paints a vivid and frequently shocking picture of Australian history and the Victorian era in general, and is worth reading for that reason alone.

These two figures, who represent different aspects of late Victorian imperialistic mattjew will confront Peevay, who himself bears all the scars of his people’s tragic encounters with the white colonisers.

Lazy, simpleminded, almost unremmittingly tedious, although occasionally farcical, sometimes even funny, it’s Hollywood action if it was written by a modestly sized Brit in longhand. How could one endure such a place, where all significance was lost?

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In vicious contrast are the notebook extracts of the surgeon, Dr Potter, whose shorthand scratchings, symbols and underlinings graphically picture the malignities of mxtthew logic. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I never saw one before, no, but I heard stories from Tartoyen, while some things you do understand even without knowing.

Its worth all 4.

On top of that, the man behind this first line bears the auspicious name of Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley, and he is as delightful as his name suggests though you cannot see his more piratical side from the name, but it is there. It is hardly true, as Kneale writes, that before the quasi-scientific racism of men such as Potter there had been “little or no attempt” to justify colonialism intellectually – it was very often justified on proselytising religious grounds, as the story itself has shown.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. A story told by multiple narrators, it initially focuses on a Manx smuggling vessel which sets off for England only to get chartered to set sail to Van Diemen’s Land Tasmania because some crazy reverend is convinced that Van Diemen’s Land is the site of the Garden of Eden. The narration of English Passengers is situated on the two levels… The first is the high farce of the seafaring expedition in search of Eden: Then I grabbed her leg and shouted, “Mother.

His modus operandi is pious prayer that demeans and criticises those he dislikes: Bad enough to be running contraband into England but good hearted enough to bring a host of problems upon his crew and his boat as he transports his unusual passengers on a trip to Tazmania in search of, of all things, the Garden of Eden.