Water Music (novel)
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|Author||T. C. Boyle|
|Media type||Print (hardcover & paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3552.O932 W3|
The novel follows the parallel adventures and intertwining fates of its protagonists Ned Rise, a luckless petty criminal, and the famous explorer Mungo Park - the first a purely fictional character, the latter based on a historical person. The book takes place in various locales in Scotland, England and Western Africa. It revolves around two Imperial British expeditions into the interior of Western Africa in an effort to find and explore the Niger River.
The novel is loosely based on historical sources, including Mungo Park's 1799 book, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa. However, as Boyle admits in his foreword to Water Music, he does not claim historical accuracy or even faithfulness to the contemporary accounts, whose reliability is doubtful anyway.
- Hardcover - ISBN 0-316-10467-1 (1981, First edition) published by Little Brown
- Paperback - ISBN 0-14-006550-4 (1983) published by Penguin Books
- "Water Music". Penguingroup.com.
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