Questions Of Travel: A Novel by Kretser Michelle DeQuestions Of Travel: A Novel by Kretser Michelle De

Questions Of Travel: A Novel

byKretser Michelle De

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

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"It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book."--A.S. Byatt,GuardianLaura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold, professional father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendis lives on the other side of the globe--exploring the seductive new world of the Internet, his father dead, his mother struggling to get by. Their stories alternate throughout Michelle de Kretser's ravishing novel, culminating in unlikely fates for them both, destinies influenced by travel--voluntary in her case, enforced in his.

With money from an inheritance, Laura sets off to see the world, eventually returning to Sydney to work for a publisher of travel guides. There she meets Ravi, now a Sri Lankan political exile who wants only to see a bit of Australia and make a living. Where do these two disparate characters, and an enthralling array of others, truly belong? With her trademark subtlety, wit, and dazzling prose, Michelle de Kretser shows us that, in the 21stcentury, they belong wherever they want to and can be--home or away.
Michelle de Kretser is a Sri Lankan who has lived in Australia for several years. She is the author of the novelsThe Rose Grower,The Hamilton Case, andThe Lost Dog,and she is currently an associate of the English Department at the University of Sydney.
Title:Questions Of Travel: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:480 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316219223

ISBN - 13:9780316219228


Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is beautifully written, and cleverly describes the various reasons why people travel.The two main characters are Laura, an Australian woman and Ravi a Sri Lankan man . Tne story follows the course of their lives over a number of years culminating in their meeting in Sydney and the consequence of this meeting. I can recommend this book as both a good read and as a window into life in Sri Lanka before and during the civil war.
Date published: 2014-01-31

Editorial Reviews

"As surprising as it is ambitious, Questions of Travel is a satisfying journey through the dislocations of contemporary life." -Arminta Wallace, Irish Times