The Sooterkin Author:Tom Gilling The Sooterkin, a novel "as fantastical as anything in the writings of Garca Mrquez," has earned comparisons to the work of John Irving and Peter Carey. In the winter of 1821 a seal pup is born to ex-convict Sarah Dyer and her husband, William, a dishonorably discharged soldier. As the tale spreads it becomes town gossip, newspaper story, ... more »scientific topic, theological dispute, and--ultimately--a profitable venture. A cavalcade of superbly drawn Dickensian characters arrives to assist and investigate mother and child. Among them are the indelicate and incredulous midwife, Mrs. Jakes; the corpulent and debt-ridden Reverend Kidney, who believes it to be a virgin birth; Dr. Benjamin Banes, a physician who hopes to display the child for financial gain; and the fervent scientist Mr. Sculley, who dubs the infant a "sooterkin" such as the mythical creatures born in past times to Dutch women.
The Sooterkin displays the misery of Australia's early colonial days with a wry black humor and a rich, quirky, accomplished prose that add up to a delicious summer frolic.« less
This is a inventive story and funny. The author makes descriptions, etc. about the characters and made me laugh out loud. You can picture these people because he describes them so well and he satisfies what happens to each character. It's like a late 1800 to early 1900 fairy tale about Australia.