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Wonders of a Godless World Paperback – 26 May 2011
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- Publisher : Blue Door (26 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007352646
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007352647
- Dimensions : 19.6 x 2.2 x 21 cm
- Customer Reviews:
‘At the heart of this mad novel is a debate about madness itself. Extraordinary.’ THE TIMES
‘McGahan is a fabulous writer, not only because of the quality of his writing but also because of his courage as an artist.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘…this novel is an impressively sustained feat of imagination.’ AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
‘An insightful journey into passion, the nature of reality and what we are prepared to give up to remain human.’ SOUTH WALES ARGUS
‘…I was totally swept up by the passion and energy of McGahan’s writing, the hint of something truly profound lurking within the narrative…I’ll be recommending it to as many people as possible.’ CANBERRA TIMES
‘The writing rises to invigorating heights.’ SUNDAY TASMANIAN
About the Author
Andrew McGahan was born in Dalby, Queensland, but has lived and worked mostly in Brisbane. His first novel Praise (1992) was winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Since then his writing includes award-winning stage and screenplays. His third novel Last Drinks (2000) was shortlisted for multiple awards, including The Age Book of the Year and The Courier Mail Book of the Year, and won a Ned Kelly award for crime writing. In 2004 The White Earth won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The Age Book of the Year (Fiction) and the Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards that same year.
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Wondering about the three main elements to the book:
The book reminds us of the truly awe inspiring nature of our planet. McGahan highlights that it is simple chemical processes that bring about freaks of nature. But can our mismanagement or dedicated care of the planet influence or change these processes?
The book is somewhat unsettling - can we really trust our own mind? What is real, what is pure imagination and what is delusion? At what point do we cross the boundary? And can we rely on nature to nurture? Or is it dangerous to a stressed mind to confront a turbulent environment?
Are we living in a Godless world? How can we justify a God that allows such pain and destruction at both an individual level and across communities? Can sacrifice ever be justified?
I am sure there are many more - readers with an interest in psychology will delight in this book. It is just so well-crafted and thought provoking that it will leave you pondering for days!
I suggest that it is a challenging book which may appeal to a thoughtful reader interested in determining man''s place in the scheme of things, earthly, spiritually and eternally. The characters, although extreme in their strangeness, have a haunting fascination.