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The Rose Grower

by Michelle de Kretser

The Rose Grower Synopsis

In a corner of south-western France, a young rose grower nurtures a private passion to breed an exotic new flower. But the year is 1789, and the world is about to change... The Rose Grower throws a subtle, slanting light on the underside of history, as a young woman and her family are caught up in the bloodthirsty years of the French Revolution. Her private passion is to create a repeat-flowering crimson rose, the first of its kind in Europe. But, as public events in Paris are duplicated in Gascony, her world turns upside down. An American balloonist falls out of the sky and into her life; while Joseph, a young working-class doctor, is also drawn into her orbit, and finds himself fatally torn between reason and desire, revolutionary zeal and unrequited love.

The Rose Grower Press Reviews

De Kretser is an elegant and accomplished storyteller * Daily Telegraph * Kretser's native style is clear, vigorous, sensitive to mood and cadence, and strongly narrative -- Ursula Le Guin * Guardian * Beautifully written, full of wit, pathos and evocative images... There is a great deal to enjoy in this book. It opens magnificently... her final pages are a triumph * Guardian * A meditative tale of unrequited love... De Kretser's writing is by turns poetic, metaphorical and delicately elliptical, capable of evoking a mood or change in direction in the subtlest of ways * Independent on Sunday *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099284055
Publication date: 1st June 2000
Author: Michelle de Kretser
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia with her family in 1972. She has taught English at the University of Melbourne, as well as working as an editor and book reviewer. Her novels have been published across the world and translated into several languages. The Hamilton Case won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for South-East Asia and the Pacific, the Encore Award and the Tasmania Pacific Prize for Australian and New Zealand fiction. She lives in Melbourne.

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