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5.0 out of 5 stars Tasmanian Tales, 7 Nov 2005
This review is from: In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World (Paperback)
Nicholas Shakespeare's 'In Tasmania' is a reminder of the sheer absurdity of the human condition, equally applicable 200 years' ago as to today. There are tales aplenty that only real life can produce. 'In Tasmania' is one of those books so rich in prose and so vivid in content that one comes away as if one had actually been present across the decades in this most bizarre of places. How fascinating our collective heritage is. Mr Shakespeare has produced a tremendous read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read - good blend of story, adventure and reflection, 26 Oct 2008
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This review is from: In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World (Paperback)
enjoyed the journey. the author has found himself a nice corner of the world to reflect and weave some tales - good for him! old and new converge and contrast with some humour, insight and a liberal slice of the island's history. a nice reminder that there is a very different world outside our large cities. definitely adding Tazzie to the visit list after finishing this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight, 10 Nov 2012
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This is a quirky combination of fact, family history and insight in to this remote country. Ideal to read before or during a visit to the place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This author could dramatise a pin falling . . ., 27 Dec 2007
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. . . and make it riveting reading at the same time. I imagine that most of us in the UK give little thought to Tasmania - that will almost certainly change for readers of this book. Mr Shakespeare weaves the early history of the country round that of his ancestors in a most entertaining fashion. At the same time he does not neglect the present. There were some awful rogues and vagabonds who seem to congregate here and once again poor Captain Bligh came unstuck at the hands of some of them! The claim that the Aborigines were/are not extinct is a little specious and depends very much on your definitions of "extinct" and "Aborigine" and what seems a current fashion among Tasmanians.
The paperback version is ill-served by the reproduction of the illustrations and the publishers should be ashamed to issue such poor examples. If those in the hard cover version are equally as bad I think N. Shakespeare should sue.
Nevertheless I recommend this book as a thoroughly good and very informative read.
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