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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan
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May 25, 2021 | ISBN 9780593319604

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“Flanagan is one of our greatest living novelists, able to tackle material so wrenching that you can’t stop reading.” Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post

“Like Richard Powers’s The Overstory, this is a timely, unforgettable work of climate fiction.” Booklist (starred)

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, like Jonathan Franzen’s best novels, quietly traces a societal rift around wealth and what amounts to a ‘good life’ . . . In the end, like Flanagan’s best work the novel grounds itself in humane ideals. Love. Hope. Dignity.” New York Times Book Review

“What an astonishing book this is . . . Masterful . . . This novel is a revelation and triumph, from a writer demonstrating, yet again, the depths of his talent, while revelling in a new, unfamiliar register. It is at once timely and timeless, full of despair but leavened by hope, angry and funny and sad and a bit magical.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Unforgettable . . . Flanagan shines in his fierce, surrealistic look at a family’s dissolution in a recognizable if dystopian Australia that’s ravaged by wildfires.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Superb . . . It is a remarkable book and it serves Literature in the most insistent, dedicated, and demanding manner. Any novelist writing at this moment should write in such a way that no reader can remain indifferent or feign ignorance of our role in the subjugation of the world . . . Flanagan’s novel is brave enough to say It’s not about us any more. It really isn’t.”—Joy Williams, Book Post

“One of the most profound, moving novels I’ve ever read, a true masterpiece.”—Cherilyn Parsons, LitHub
 
“Peculiar and bewitching . . . The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a powerful rumination on frailty and mortality.”—Sarah Rachel Egelman, Book Reporter

“Writers the world over are grappling with a version of this question: in the face of so much devastation, so much terror, what can fiction possibly achieve? The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is Flanagan’s emphatic, wrenching answer.” Guardian Australia

“Like Richard Powers’s The Overstory, this is a timely, unforgettable work of climate fiction.” Booklist (starred)

“A fiercely well-observed account of the psychological twists and turns, the stress points and the double-binds of familial love.” Daily Telegraph

“His prose has a pyrotechnic brilliance.” Mail on Sunday

“The brilliance of Flanagan’s story and the deep power of this novel is in our witnessing of the end of the world . . . In The Living Sea of Waking Dreams it is a matriarch rather than a patriarch slowly, messily and unevenly passing out of the world [but] in this respect Flanagan’s novel resembles Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections or HBO’s Succession.The Conversation
 
“Utterly dazzling.” SFX

“It concludes, astonishingly for a story about our flaws, our blindnesses—the individual and collective fiasco that has brought us to this point—with a message of hope.” The Weekend Australian

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