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Exploring themes of life and death, friendship and family, perception, societal norms and the environment, MENAGERIE OF FALSE TRUTHS promises to be the most compelling book youll read this year. In MENAGERIE OF FALSE TRUTHS, Greg French, author of the much-loved FROG CALL and ARTIFICIAL, draws on his passion for nature, his love of story-telling and a family history that was both dysfunctional and, crucially, formative due to his growing up with autistic siblings and emotionally distant mother. The result is a delightfully quirky faction read, which questions the very nature of reality and human relationships. At every page the reader is exposed to alternative ways of viewing the world, often disturbing, sometimes strangely liberating. MENAGERIE OF FALSE TRUTHS is an unforgettable work of genius that will leave you reeling.

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Menagerie of False Truths
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Philosophy and fish
December 21st, 2014
A very clever and unique work of literature. As a Tasmanian I related strongly to the location and as a human being I related to the philosophy and the politics. Good question: how do those who live in our wonderful natural environment keep voting for the short sighted and destructive politicians that they do?
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Meh
March 27th, 2014
This book is boring the pants off me. Try as I might I can't even begin to feign interest in the things that trout eat. And those things are so overbearingly present in each and every moment of this book that I find my mind wandering constantly on to less putrid topics. The result being that I have to reread the last half dozen pages all over again. It's a hard slog, this read, I'm not convinced it's worth the effort. But I have learnt a thing or two about fly fishing. Every singly character in this book is peculiar. Not exactly likeable but definitely intriguing. It's stated that both main characters have severely autistic siblings and implied that they are on the spectrum themselves... As are most of their friends. As a result there is a lot of discussion amongst the characters about art, literature, music, mathematics, language and they have a lot to say about the minutiae of these topics. I'm undecided if this is a pro or a con, at the very least it diverted the focus off trout food for a moment. This book feels like it's moving along in a highly unstructured and unfocused way, aimlessly navigating through endless stories that don't go anywhere and have no point, which has me questioning why am I even reading it? Because It's set in Tasmania and has an appealing title. Serves me right for choosing a book on such superficial grounds.
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