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Island in the Mind/Hall, Rodney/Paper/0330359894/S048-C1
Rodney Hall's new masterpiece plunges the reader into the glamorous world of adventure and speculation that was the 17th century, a time when all Europe was fascinated with the notion of discovering a great southern land.
"Divided into three parts, each with its own narrator, The Island in the Mind is an enormous work of imagination. It takes us to Venice, Persia and the Orient, shows us whirling dervishes, slave markets, ocean battles and the most wonderful sea monster ever described. The gilded interiors, extravagant ritual and music are conveyed in such rich imagery that they saturate your dreams… The island in the mind, in each of its manifestations, reveals the decadence and brutality of the old world and challenges the notion of civilization." - Aurielview.
"A visionary myth of origins for European Australians. It digs deep into our cultural roots to discover, in an essentially poetic and symbolic manner, ways of understanding ourselves and our world…some of the most luminous pages in contemporary fiction." - Andrew Riemer, Australian Book Review.