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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775120
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An instant classic...A gorgeous glorious epic, beautifully but accessibly written...A towering achievement" (The Herald Sun)

"Sensual, sweet, creepy, The Trout Opera is a triumph" (Peter Carey)

"Bold and impressive...A marvellous achievement, epic in scope. His writing is strong and assured. Page after page delivers scenes and characters that shimmer with dramatic potential in prose that is breathtakingly lyrical" (Weekend Australian)

"A significant and moving achievement" (The Australian Literary Review)

"A vividly descriptive and masterfully constructed narrative...An insightful, brilliant Australian novel destined to become a classic" (Australian Bookseller)

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A stunning epic novel that tells the story of the Twentieth Century through Australian eyes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By teresagreen on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Saw this book recommended in a good read guide in a local newspaper.
Was quite difficult to get into but once I got about 1/4 of the way through it all started to fit together, tis one of those books that
flits between the past and the present. In the present Wilfred is approaching 100 years coinciding with Australia's hosting of the Olympics
the committee decide to track Wilf down to become part of the opening ceremony, when they do they found him collapsed and consequently transport him to hospital secretly until he recovers, thus unfolds the story of Wilf's life in a small town in Australia running parallel with other characters including his only surviving relative a great niece
who is battling with her own demons. All in all this is a very inspiring and beautiful read. Wasnt sure I was going to enjoy it when
I started it but by the end I was totally swept along with Wilf's story.
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I groaned when this book was chosen as our book club read - mainly because it was over 700 pages and the genre didn't appeal. After a hard start, I was glad I persevered and I thoroughly enjoyed the second half of the book. It is well written, some of the Australian dialogue you have to get used to, but well worth it in the end.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great story 2 Feb. 2011
By JOANNE MANSELL - Published on Amazon.com
The Trout Opera takes place in Australia. Matthew Condon's writing is so beautiful, funny, dramatic, lyrical, and authentic that I hated to come to the end. This is one of my all time favorite reads.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Historical & contemporary 7 Sept. 2012
By Susan Mangion - Published on Amazon.com
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This author is amazing. I have read a number of his books. His stories are so real that you feel like you know the characters personally and you want to visit the places where the stories are set. This book continues in the same way with a historical background and then moving forward to contemporary Australia and interlinking the lives of the characters masterfully.
'THE TROUT OPERA' - ORIGINAL AND COLLECTABLE 17 Nov. 2014
By Jill Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK. I DIDN'T WIPE AWAY MY TEARS AS I WISHED THE WARMTH AND EXHILARATION OF THE ENDING TO LAST. IT WAS A COMPLEX BOOK OVERALL; THE DRUG SCENES WERE SO DISTURBING; THE VARIOUS CHARACTERS MADE A GOOD BALANCE; THERE WAS HUMOUR; THERE WAS INTEGRITY; THE FATE OF THE SNOWY RIVER SAD; THIS CAPSULE OF AUSTRALIA BROUGHT US TOGETHER.
MATTHEW CONDON IS A CLEVER, CLEVER FELLA.
Deeply satisfying 9 Jun. 2014
By Joan - Published on Amazon.com
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Through the history of one family woven into the backdrop of the Snowy River and the Monaro, Australia is revealed. This is an enigmatic story, emotional and satisfying to read. It feels rich and well developed
a great historical storyline 2 April 2014
By Robina Orupcek - Published on Amazon.com
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I found it an outstanding book with such contrast and yet the history was compelling reading. I loved Matthew Condon's way of describing scenes with 6-10 components of the scene that were unusual inclusions but so obvious.
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