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The Lieutenant

 
 
Author
Kate Grenville.
Publisher Canongate  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781847673473
Pages/Publication Date 307/2010
Daedalus Item Code 60549
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The author of the Man Booker Prize finalist The Secret River and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville returns to colonial Australia with this lyrical, vividly drawn novel based on the life of a British astronomer. A lieutenant in the First Fleet, accompanying a shipment of condemned prisoners to a new penal colony, Daniel Rooke lands on the wild and unknown shores of New South Wales in 1788, where he sets up an observatory to watch for a predicted comet. But it is befriending an Aboriginal girl, Tagaran, and learning her language that changes the course of Rooke's life, and forces him to choose between two very different worlds.

"Grenville's portrait of the obtuse yet engaging Rooke and her descriptions of this strange territory are marvelously evocative.... The fragility of the encounters [between Rooke and Tagaran] further heightens the suspense that Grenville so deftly sustains. Tragedy looms, of course, just outside the delicate frame of this elegiac novel, but Grenville allows us to marvel at 'one universe in the act of encountering another' even as we dread the inevitable result."—Boston Globe

"A prescriptive plea for cultural understanding [that] draws revelatory connections between emotional empathy and scientific discovery.... The crisp prose of The Lieutenant [often] approaches poetry ... exploring the sins of Australia's colonial past—an admirable testament to the necessity that the West learn to appreciate rather than condemn the Other. But Grenville's most thrilling achievement is to filter that lesson in social acceptance through the computational consciousness of a man whose head is in the stars."—LATimes

 
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