Questions of Travel: A Novel by Michelle de Kretser

Questions of Travel: A Novel

byMichelle de Kretser

Kobo ebook | May 14, 2013

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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, Guardian

Laura 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 21st century, they belong wherever they want to and can be--home or away.

Michelle de Kretser is an editor who lives in Melbourne, Australia. This is her first novel.
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Title:Questions of Travel: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown and CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031621924X

ISBN - 13:9780316219242

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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

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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 21st century, they belong wherever they want to and can be--home or away.