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This review is from: Gould's Book of Fish (Paperback)I admit it: I bought this book for its beautiful cover. But when I started reading I found the contents to be quite tough.
Gould's Book of Fish tells the story of Billy Gould, a convicted criminal in the penal colony Sarah Island in Tasmania. He is quite a decent painter and therefore is allowed to paint fish for the doctor instead of doing tough manual labour. Billy Gould tells the story of life in the penal colony: the megalomanic commander, the scientifically obsessed doctor, the sadistic guard and in particular the enormous sufferings that the prisoners have to go through and the way in which the white people treat the indigenous population.
This is not a book for the fainthearted and the impression the book left on me was that the main character becomes more and more crazy as the book progresses. At the end I had completely lost track, but maybe this is a book that should be read in one go as opposed to the several days it took me to finish it.