HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Archipelago of souls by Gregory Day
Loading...

Archipelago of souls

by Gregory Day

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
131723,089 (3.88)None

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

I am very conscious that I am late to the party with this review: Gregory Day’s fourth novel, Archipelago of Souls, was published in 2015 and has already been widely reviewed – at The Weekend Australian, The Saturday Paper, at the SMH and the Newtown Review. But having read Book #1 of the Mangowak trilogy The Patron Saint of Eels (2005) (see my review from six years ago in 2011) I meant to read what I already had: Books #2 and #3 , Ron McCoy’s Sea of Diamonds (2007) and The Grand Hotel (2010) … and of course I got sidetracked by other things. It was not until Archipelago of Souls was shortlisted for the biennial 2017 Tasmanian Book Prize that I belatedly ordered a copy and discovered just how good it is.
Archipelago of Souls is an apt title: an archipelago is a group of islands that together form a whole. Like the islands that make up Greece, and the 334 that form the island state of Tasmania. This novel is set partly on King Island where a lone soul called Wesley Cress arrives in the aftermath of WW2. An unwilling hero of the partisan resistance on Crete, Wes intends to live the hermit-like existence that he thinks he deserves because of events in his war. But like the islands of the archipelago, even in the solitariness of his island home at Wait-a-While, Wesley’s soul is not alone. And as he finds out, he is not the only one to have a troubled past.
An eccentric character called John Lascelles has plans for a Memorial Reading Room on King Island, to be built in homage to the returned soldiers. While the community is more used to the usual memorial statue on a plinth, Lascelles is convinced that a quiet retreat for soldiers to read and write offers healing for their wounded souls. When Wesley arrives, this reading room is no more than an idea, and he refuses to have anything to do with it. But when he realises that he needs to explain his hostile bitterness to Leonie Fermoy, a wild child of the island with her own nightmares, he privately takes up Lascelles’ concept and writes a narrative to exorcise his demons.
The hellish narrative of Wesley’s past in Crete alternates with his recount of the present.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2017/12/31/archipelago-of-souls-by-gregory-day/ ( )
  anzlitlovers | Dec 30, 2017 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
In the aftermath of the Second World War, an Australian soldier, Wesley Cress, a hero of the underground resistance on German-occupied Crete, seeks solace and comfort on King Island, in the mouth of Bass Strait, in the Roaring Forties latitude of the Southern Ocean.

Wesley carries in his heart the infernal story of the Battle of Crete, the disappearance of his brother in the ensuing evacuation, and the hellish journey he was forced to take after he was left behind on the ancient island.

When he meets Leonie Fermoy, the granddaughter of an American whaler with her own nightmares, the private and the public battles of their post-war worlds begin to fuse. Through the agency of John Lascelles - the unassuming postmaster on the island and a crusader for the rights of returned soldiers - Wes and Leonie attempt to negotiate a future in which love can prevail in a morally devastated world.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, an Australian soldier, Wesley Cress, a hero of the underground resistance on German-occupied Crete, seeks solace and comfort on King Island, in the mouth of Bass Strait, in the Roaring Forties latitude of the Southern Ocean. Wesley carries in his heart the infernal story of the Battle of Crete, the disappearance of his brother in the ensuing evacuation, and the hellish journey he was forced to take after he was left behind on the ancient island. When he meets Leonie Fermoy, the granddaughter of an American whaler with her own nightmares, the private and the public battles of their post-war worlds begin to fuse. Through the agency of John Lascelles - the unassuming postmaster on the island and a crusader for the rights of returned soldiers - Wes and Leonie attempt to negotiate a future in which love can prevail in a morally devastated world. Archipelago of Souls is a novel exploring the difficult realities of nationhood, war, morality and love. Compelling and beautifully realised, it is about the creation of identity, the enigmas of memory and the power of the written word to heal the deepest wounds.… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.88)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 1
3.5 1
4 1
4.5
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 127,155,471 books! | Top bar: Always visible