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The collector's dream

Author: Pierre Furlan; Jean Anderson; New Zealand-France Friendship Fund.
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A holidaying writer becomes entranced by the story of two great New Zealand eccentrics. First there is Franklin Bodmin, self-taught genius and inventor of the crinkled hairpin and the first modern carburettor, who became an entrepreneur in America, living out the dreams of success of an entire generation. Growing up in Invercargill, in the shadow of this superhero father, Will Bodmin chooses a different path,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: French fiction
New Zealand fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Collector's dream
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Furlan; Jean Anderson; New Zealand-France Friendship Fund.
ISBN: 9780864736307 0864736304
OCLC Number: 655800524
Language Note: "Originally published in French by Éditions Au vent de îles as Le rêve du collectionneur, 2009"--T.p. verso.
Notes: Novel.
"Originally published in French by Éditions Au vent de îles as Le rêve du collectionneur, 2009"--Title page verso.
"Published with assistance of grants from the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund"--Title page verso.
Description: 255 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Le rêve du collectionneur.
Responsibility: Pierre Furlan ; translated by Jean Anderson.

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A holidaying writer becomes entranced by the story of two great New Zealand eccentrics. First there is Franklin Bodmin, self-taught genius and inventor of the crinkled hairpin and the first modern carburettor, who became an entrepreneur in America, living out the dreams of success of an entire generation. Growing up in Invercargill, in the shadow of this superhero father, Will Bodmin chooses a different path, travelling to England to become an unorthodox Jungian art therapist and one of the greatest ever collectors of documents and works of art relating to the South Pacific. Drawn into archival byways and the intricacies of family lore, our author finds himself retracing Will's search for the elusive 19th-century pamphlet that would make his collection complete. From one man's obsessive accumulation of objects and knowledge emerges a meditation on both the human conviction that life, in spite of its irrational moments, can be deciphered, and on a young nation's obsession with its past.

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