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The Island of Four Rivers by Christopher Morgan
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The Davis family, a disparate group of people with nothing in common but their mutual dislike, have been brought together by a crisis. Bill Davis, the family patriarch, is desperately ill in hospital, felled by a stroke, and kept alive only by medical technology. His family - his embittered and passive wife Dot, his pedantic son Henry, and long-estranged daughter Eleanor - must decide together when to end his life. Meanwhile, another narrative emerges and asserts itself: intrepid explorer Crabby Davis ranges like a true swashbuckling Victorian gentleman through the wilds of the South Pacific, keeping a vivid diary as he goes. As the latter-day plight of the dysfunctional Davis family becomes more comically revealing under the pressure of having to make life-and-death decisions, so does the voyage of Crabby Davis become increasingly fantastical. When Crabby embarks on a final incredible quest to the source of the four rivers on his island, the voyage of the larger-than-life explorer and Bill Davis's final journey towards death dramatically intersect. In this remarkable debut novel, author Christopher Morgan deftly weaves the multiple narratives in a beguiling blend of the magical and the mundane. Paradoxical, spellbinding, and funny, The Island of Four Rivers is about living and dying, and the transforming power of love.
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2006
Country of Publication
Scribe Publications
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