Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
A Novel

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And yet, abundant as it is, the elegance, wit and wisdom of de Kretser’s writing ultimately fails to rescue the novel from its structural flaws.
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"It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book."--A.S. Byatt, Guardian Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold, professional father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendis lives on the other side of the globe--exploring the seductive new world of the Internet, his father dead, his mother struggling to get by. Their stories alternate throughout Michelle de Kretser's ravishing novel, culminating in unlikely fates for them both, destinies influenced by travel--voluntary in her case, enforced in his.

With money from an inheritance, Laura sets off to see the world, eventually returning to Sydney to work for a publisher of travel guides. There she meets Ravi, now a Sri Lankan political exile who wants only to see a bit of Australia and make a living. Where do these two disparate characters, and an enthralling array of others, truly belong? With her trademark subtlety, wit, and dazzling prose, Michelle de Kretser shows us that, in the 21st century, they belong wherever they want to and can be--home or away.
 

About Michelle de Kretser

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Michelle de Kretser is a Sri Lankan who has lived in Australia since 1972. She is also the author or the novels The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, and The Lost Dog.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 481 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Jun 21 2013

And yet, abundant as it is, the elegance, wit and wisdom of de Kretser’s writing ultimately fails to rescue the novel from its structural flaws.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by AS Byatt on Apr 26 2013

It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 01 2013

...de Kretser doesn’t provide the expected satisfactions...In the end she leaves you flat on the ground, possessed of harder truths.

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