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Rifling ParadiseA Gripping Thriller Set In The Wilds Of Nineteenth Century Australia By The Critically Acclaimed Author Of Courting Shadows When Past Indiscretions Catch Up With Charles Redbourne, A Minor English Landowner, He Is Propelled From England To Australia, Where He Plans To Make His Mark As A Naturalist There, His Life Begins To Change Dramatically, Not Least When He Meets His Host S Wayward, Artistic Daughter But It Is On An Expedition In Search Of Scientific Specimens In The Blue Mountains That Events Take A Terrifying Turn Vividly Conveying The Unspoken Codes Of Victorian Society, This Is A Gripping Tale Of Emotional And Psychological Reckoning That Offers An Inspired Meditation On The Relationship Between Humankind And The Natural World.

Jem Poster worked as an archaeologist, surveying and excavating a range of sites on behalf of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments, before taking up an administrative post with Cambridge University s Institute of Continuing Education in 1987 From 1993 to 2003 he was University Lecturer in Literature with Oxford University s Department for Continuing Education and a fellow of Kellogg College Fro

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  • Hardcover
  • 325 pages
  • Rifling Paradise
  • Jem Poster
  • English
  • 06 March 2017
  • 9780340822944

10 thoughts on “Rifling Paradise

  1. says:

    i of 5 books for 3 19 04 2013 review by By James Ley The Age Jem Poster s Rifling Paradise is a historical novel set in the late 19th century that begins with its narrator a minor English aristocrat named Charles Redbourne facing an angry mob of local villagers We soon learn that Redbourne has been involved in a series of indiscretions with several boys The mob has arrived at his doorstep after one of the boys has hanged himself.It is a promisingly edgy opening The confrontation is tense and dramatic, as Redbourne attempts to bluster his way out of trouble, adopting an air of upper class bravado while struggling to control his fear The remainder of the novel never really lives up to the potential of its opening scene.Redbourne s response to being threatened is to flee With the financial backing of a rich uncle, he sails to New South Wales to rekindle his ambition of becoming a famous naturalist Upon arrival, he moves in with a wealthy landowner named Vane and his daughter Eleanor, an emotionally troubled artist He also encounters the brutish Bullen, who accompanies him on hunting trips in search of new specimens, and Billy, ...

  2. says:

    This novel tried to cover a lot of ground relationships, sexuality, class, home and away, man and the natural world, native people vs newcomers, tradition vs science Any of which would have been great if done in a bit depth But perhaps attempting to cover them all within a few hundred pages and inevitable some suffered by being skimmed All in all I enjoyed this book, but I felt as if the slow pace of the first half where I felt we were truly getting to know the personalities and motivations o...

  3. says:

    The beginning of this story is quite dark, as our central character reveals attributes that might make for a sordid sort of tale, but the writing was crystal clear and the quality of the prose led me to keep reading I m very glad I did.The novel is really well paced, somehow suggesting very complex plot development, but deliveri...

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  5. says:

    Although the novel offers plenty of intriguing elements, they are not worked out at all There are definite implications of incest between father Edward Vane and daughter Eleanor Nellie but when the protagonist, Charles Redbourne, marries the daughter, he ignores any potential hints in this direction While the protagonist does develop from appreciating animals from a scientific point of view killing, dissection, stuffing taxidermy to appreciating them in life, he shies away from voicing any of these changes in his principles The implications of homosexuality that make the protagonist leave flee from his estate in England to Australia are not taken any further The romance plot ending in marriage is destabilised by the protagonist s wondering whether he didn t decide on a wife too quickly and should have perhaps looked around a bit first The figure of the half aboriginal boy working as a guide is of an idealised type than an actual character, and so is his father The d...

  6. says:

    I truly enjoyed this book It took me quite a while to finish it for one reason or another, but none of the reasons was boredom It covered a lot of topics, not very thoroughly, I agree, but it was just enough to make it a complete work of art I loved the flow, the ending, too I liked the characters, too I am really glad it ended the way it did, I really hoped it would when I was about half way...

  7. says:

    For a story that takes place almost entirely in the wilds of 19th century Australia, Rifling Paradise feels strangely claustrophobic Charles Redbourne, his reputation in question, flees England to pursue his ambition as amateur naturalist in the land down under We see his confusion as a lover of nature who proceeds to kill the fauna of the country so he can add specimens to his collection His experiences, observing fellow whi...

  8. says:

    The victorian gentleman, a landowner who has squandered his inheritance and his reputation, is sent by his rich uncle to visit a man in Australia A lot happens during the visit while the plodding hero goes about collecting specimens dead animals for the family cabinet...

  9. says:

    Rifling Paradise was very ambitious but the book failed to establish what it really wanted to achieve While I enjoyed the variety of themes laid out in every page, I still felt unsatisfied with how they were never fully recognized and covered I l...

  10. says:

    Although I enjoyed the story, it seemed to have holes in the plot The characters were not fully developed, and the undertones were contrived Still it was a read for book club, and I would not have otherwise read it It raised the effect of naturalists on collecting specimens for collections.

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