Gould’s Book of Fish is a novel about fish the way Moby-Dick is a novel about whales, or Ulysses is a novel about the events of a single day.

This remarkable book by the Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan tells the story of a 19th-century forger and thief who was sentenced to 49 years in the notorious prison on Tasmania’s Sarah Island, and who was ordered by the prison doctor to paint the varieties of local fish as part of a scientific survey. The fish Gould so obsessively paints — in 12 different colours, 12 different moods — become representative figures of the people he encounters on his travels, as well as symbolic renderings of his own most deeply held dreams and fears.

Words by NYTimes     Image by Good Reads

Posted by:romulusgaita

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