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Oceana Fine by Tom Flood

Oceana Fine

by Tom Flood

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This is a mainly powerful and unusual book that lingers in my mind. It seems to deal first and foremost with mystery, especially in the way it’s written. Even at the end it’s difficult, if not impossible to tell what has happened.

It’s also about magic and whether it exists or not. Initially it seems to be debunking the idea when Ben Cleaver turns out to be an ordinary bloke but then very odd things happen and not all of them are explained. How did Ben Cleaver, for example, get sucked into the mirror or Chloe to ‘rescue’ him many miles away under a stone over an underground torrent? James says he’s from a different time. Is he? Just what were the secrets in Grace’s ledgers. Flood spins out the mysteries but the purpose of the book is not so evident. I could understand what he said about time and how we try not to live in the present but the other theme of parallel worlds, black and white, I can’t follow. It’s a while since I read this book and I can see myself rereading it before long. At least I made up a character list last time since there a lot of them to keep track of. ( )
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Marvel Loch, Western Australia. Beneath a vast blue and gold landscape lie disused mine shafts. Above the ground rise silos. This is a place of mysteries and myths: the perfect setting for a bold new novel which is part whodunit, part psychological thriller, part magical fantasy, charting the lives and decreasing fortunes of the Cleaver family. 'An extraorinarily passionate book Brian Matthews 'Always original, exciting, different...a new author with ideas and daring' Geoffrey Dutton 'This is a major work of Australian fiction' The West Australian

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