Rifling Paradise

Rifling Paradise

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A gripping thriller set in the wilds of nineteenth-century Australia by the critically acclaimed author of "Courting Shadows." When past indiscretions catch up with Charles Redbourne, a minor English landowner, he is propelled from England to Australia, where he plans to make his mark as a naturalist. There, his life begins to change dramatically, not least when he meets his host's wayward, artistic daughter. But it is on an expedition in search of scientific specimens in the Blue Mountains that events take a terrifying turn. Vividly conveying the unspoken codes of Victorian society, this is a gripping tale of emotional and psychological reckoning that offers an inspired meditation on the relationship between humankind and the natural world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160 x 240mm
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753177102
  • 9780753177105

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"Poster ("Courting Shadows," 2008) starts this story in Victorian England, but it is his vivid portrayal of the outback and the psychological tension of Redbourne's exploits there that are most memorable. A skillfully wrought, disquieting novel."-"Booklist" "It sounds like hyperbole but I don't care: Jem Poster's sophomore effort, "Rifling Paradise" (Overlook) is as near perfect a book as I have encountered in a very long time. It is a work of historical fiction and the history here -- Australia in the Victorian era -- is pitch perfect. "Rifling Paradise" looks like a book, but it is not: it's really a time machine. The story finds minor English landowner, Charles Redbourne, heading to Australia to make an impression as a naturalist, at a time when that was a weirdly competitive field. If "Rifling Paradise" was just Redbourne's story, it would be interesting enough: it would be a good book. But when Redbourne's specimen collecting takes a terrifying turn, we find ourselves withshow more

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68 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
5 6% (4)
4 31% (21)
3 44% (30)
2 16% (11)
1 3% (2)
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