A Fraction of the Whole

A Fraction of the Whole

eBook - 2008
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Meet the Deans. "The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them ..." Heroes or criminals? Crackpots or visionaries? Families or enemies? " ... Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one." Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn't decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure. As he recollects the events that led to his father's demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries--about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin's constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It's a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, ©2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385525695
0385525699
Branch Call Number: PR9619.4.T65 F73 2008x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file (530 pages)

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schoolchum
Jul 27, 2017

Toltz's writing is brilliant and full of Australiaisms. The characters leap off the page with tenacity ready to tackle life's challenges. It kept me turning the pages all the night. Great Book!!

Smink Mar 25, 2013

I loved this book. Engrossing story told with a unique writing style. One of the pleasant surprises is the life philosophies weaved into the story. Highly recommend.

maryefarell Oct 30, 2012

I think this author is brilliant. Can't wait for his next book.

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LorrieChurch
Aug 03, 2012

Hilarious at first, talented writer & observer of behavior, but so long and tiresome.

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macierules
Dec 05, 2009

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2008. This author has such a unique voice, and amazing wit. I loved it! Difficult to recommend to others, as it is so different.

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Dec 03, 2009

Confused, tedious and indigestible. Hard to believe it was shortlisted for the Booker. Funny, yes, in a black way, but it goes on relentlessly.

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