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Utopian man, Lisa Lang

Label
Utopian man
Title
Utopian man
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Lang
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
It's the 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
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Award
  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, 2009.
  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, People's Choice, 2010.
Review
Lang draws from her own biography of the larger-than-life Edward William Cole (E.W. Cole: Chasing the Rainbow) for her engaging and buoyant debut novel, a cinematic historical. In 1883, in Melbourne, Australia, Cole opens Cole’s Book Arcade, an extravagant bookstore that he hopes will become “a place of wonder.” Suspecting that “it was just unnatural, in an evolutionary sense, living on his own,” he places a newspaper advertisement soliciting a wife, receiving plenty of replies (some angry), though only one from an actual prospect: Eliza. Though Cole is “shocked” by Eliza’s plainness, he marries her and in time dotes, perhaps too much, on the five children she bears him. Neither an economic depression, nor the death of a daughter from scarlet fever can deter Cole’s Barnum-like showmanship and drive; he establishes a tea salon and imports marmoset monkeys to enliven the Arcade and lure crowds. Cole does well in business but is ridiculed as “an oddball entertainer”; he also feels “the lead weight of guilt” and failure when he discovers that his namesake son has become addicted to opium. As Cole grows older and frailer, seeming to enjoy his pet monkeys more than his family, he obsesses over the fate of “his singular, beloved life’s work,” the Arcade. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 1, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 40, p)
Awards note
The Australian/Vogel literary award, 2009.
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Cataloging source
ANL
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Lang, Lisa
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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Australian fiction
Label
Utopian man, Lisa Lang
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Publication
Control code
000045859537
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9781742373348
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)652437201
Label
Utopian man, Lisa Lang
Publication
Control code
000045859537
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9781742373348
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)652437201

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