The Resource Utopian Man

Utopian Man

Label
Utopian Man
Title
Utopian Man
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Lang
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An exquisite historical novel about a remarkable man who chose his own path, charming and scandalising others in equal measure. Co-winner of the 2009 Australian/Vogel Literary Award.Really impressive, vivid and enjoyable.' Cate KennedyIt's the 1880s and Marvellous Melbourne is a lavish and raucous city where anything could happen. Eccentric entrepreneur Edward William Cole is building the sprawling Cole's Book Arcade and filling it with whatever amuses him, or supports his favourite causes: a giant squid, a brass band, monkeys, a black man whose skin has turned white, a Chinese tea salon, and of course, hundreds of thousands of books.When Edward decides to marry he advertises for a wife in the newspaper, shocking and titillating the whole town. To everyone's surprise he marries his broadsheet bride and the Arcade grows into a monumental success.But the 1890s depression hits Melbourne - and Edwar - hard, and the death of one of his children leaves him reeling. Grief, corruption and a beautiful, unscrupulous widow all threaten to derail his singular vision. But it's not until he visits Chinatown one nigh - and his own deeply suppressed pas - that the idealist faces his toughest challenge.Utopian Man is the story of a man who lives life on his own terms, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy
Summary
It's the 1880s, and Marvellous Melbourne is a lavish and raucous city where anything could happen. There's nothing to stop eccentric entrepreneur, Edward William Cole, from building the sprawling Cole's Book Arcade and filling it with whatever amuses him, or supports his favourite causes. There's a giant squid, a brass band, pet monkeys, a black man whose skin has turned white, a Chinese Tea Salon, and of course, hundreds of thousands of books. When Edward decides to marry, he advertises for a wife in the newspaper, shocking and titillating the whole town. To everyone's surprise, he marries his newspaper bride, and the Arcade grows into a monumental success. But the 1890s depression hits Melbourne, and Edward, hard. The Arcade struggles financially, and the death of one of his children leaves him reeling. Grief, corruption and a beautiful, unscrupulous widow all threaten to derail his singular vision. But it's not until he visits Chinatown one night - and his own deeply suppressed past - that the idealist faces his toughest challenge of all. Utopian Man is the story of a man who lives life on his own terms, and leaves behind a remarkable legacy.
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Writing style
Award
  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, 2009.
  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, People's Choice, 2010.
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360839
Cataloging source
ANL
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Lang, Lisa
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Utopian Man
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:10e21af2-9682-4530-9092-4c0a5885ece6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781742691220
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Utopian Man
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:10e21af2-9682-4530-9092-4c0a5885ece6
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742691220
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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