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The Lieutenant

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    Language Is Much More Than Simply Words

    Read Kate Grenville if you haven't and like literary tales based on real lives. I have loved each of her books. Daniel Rooke in this novel is a quietly introspective man who is transformed when he discovers from the young aboriginal girl Tagaran that learning one's language is much, much more than the words.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    A Writers, Writer!

    Ahhhh! Grenville is one of those authors who can captivate anyone. Whether looking for a love story, historical fiction, drama, etc., you will not be disappointed with "The Lieutenant". This book is not for Danielle Steele, Dan Brown or James Patterson fans; there is too much substance and learning for the likes of those readers (MEOW:)!) "The Lieutenant" is a literary treat; I learned a great deal about the aboriginal culture, which is quite intense. LOVED IT!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Kate Grenville is a master at composing the textures of a place and the strictures of an era. We are simply compelled as readers to empathize with the characters lifted from the pages of history. We find ourselves viewing along the sight lines of a young bookish student of astronomy. Soon enough, we find ourselves standing with him between the stilled moonlit waters of the South Pacific and the foreshore of England's farthest outpost, a land settled for generations, tide upon tide, and are not shocked by his choice nor the unraveling thereby.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Beauty of Prose

    There isn't a lot of action in this novel, but there is some and even some gore. No, not perpetrated by evil outlaws, but by the keepers of law, His Majesty's Navy, in 1788 New South Wales-- and other white intruders, but not Lieutenant Daniel Rooke.

    Based on the achievements of William Dawes, an astronomer in the British Navy, Kate Grenville has written a powerful account of a man's inner growth and understanding of humanity and the slipperiness of language. She presents portions of what I presume are the real Dawes's linguistic analyses of the natives' language. If, indeed, these are Dawes's words, he was unknowingly, the first anthropological linguist. What is amazing is that he recognized the complexity of the language of technologically backward cultures as well as the complexity of their cultures themselves.

    Today we know the tragedies of native peoples because of the work of early 20th century anthropological linguists who showed these peoples were as human as we in every way except in technology. Europeans in the 16th to 20th century thought they were of a lower order of beings. Rather than study them, they brutalized them. This is the story of an exceptionu

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