Gould's Book of Fish

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Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish
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First edition
Author Richard Flanagan
Cover artist William Buelow Gould (artwork), Alex Snellgrove (design)
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Picador, Pan Macmillan, Australia
Publication date
2001
Media type Print Hardback & Paperback
Pages 404 pp
ISBN 0-330-36303-4
OCLC 48471621

Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish is a 2001 novel by Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan. Gould's Book of Fish was Flanagan's third novel.

Plot summary[edit]

Gould's Book of Fish is a fictionalised account of the convict William Buelow Gould's life both at Macquarie Harbour and elsewhere during his life in Van Diemen's Land.[1]

Chapter titles (the twelve fish)[1][edit]

  1. The Pot-bellied Seahorse
  2. The Kelpy
  3. The Porcupine Fish
  4. The Stargazer
  5. The Leatherjacket
  6. The Serpent Eel
  7. The Sawtooth Shark
  8. The Striped Cowfish
  9. The Crested Weedfish
  10. The Freshwater Crayfish
  11. The Silver Dory
  12. The Weedy Seadragon

Artwork[edit]

The novel is unusual in that it makes use of paintings by the real Van Diemonian convict artist William Buelow Gould reproduced with permission from William Gould's Sketchbook of Fishes, held by the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in the State Library of Tasmania.[1] These images of fish are used both as chapter headings and inspiration for characters. Different editions around the world have used different images of Gould's for their cover.

Notes[edit]

  • Dedication: "For Rosie, Jean and Eliza, swimming in ever widening rings of wonder."[1]
  • Epigraph: "My mother is a fish." - William Faulkner.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Flanagan, Richard (2002). Gould's Book of Fish. Picador. ISBN 0-330-36378-6.