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The Resource The Pacific room, Michael Fitzgerald

The Pacific room, Michael Fitzgerald

Label
The Pacific room
Title
The Pacific room
Statement of responsibility
Michael Fitzgerald
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'Do I look strange?' These were his last recorded words. That night Sosimo kissed his hands and laid them across his breast, knitting his fingers together like flowers. The next morning the household watched his coffin, held aloft by a dozen brown hands, disappear into an ocean of leaves. Every now and then, at a turn of the mountain, it would emerge from the trees, bobbing higher and higher, floating free. This remarkable debut novel tells of the last days of Tusitala, 'the teller of tales', as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die. In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author. Nerli's presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events. More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala's portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist. On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that R. L. Stevenson couldn't control. Lewis's personal journey is shadowed by the story of the lovable Teuila, a so-called fa'afafine ('in the manner of a woman'), and the spirit of Stevenson's servant boy, Sosimo
Summary
In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Nerli's presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events. More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala's portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist. On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that Stevenson couldn't control. Lewis's personal journey is shadowed by the story of the lovable Teuila, a so-called fa'afafine,'in the manner of a woman', and the spirit of Stevenson's servant boy, Sosimo.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10581842
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fitzgerald, Michael
Dewey number
823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Nerli, Girolamo Pieri
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Art historians
  • Manic-depressive persons
  • Authors, Scottish
  • Samoa
  • Samoa
Target audience
adult
Label
The Pacific room, Michael Fitzgerald
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060222548
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780995359550
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)980441135
Label
The Pacific room, Michael Fitzgerald
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060222548
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780995359550
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)980441135

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