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by Arabella Edge

  • ISBN: 0330489798
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Arabella Edge
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador (August 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 384
  • ePub book: 1778 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1551 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 195

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In Arabella Edge’s The Company the reader is taken on a most unusual journey, sadly the journey ends up being a boring one. Our main character, Jeronimus Cornelisz, is a psychopath, though of course not many people know that . so I expected more out of Edge.

The Company is based on the true story of a Dutch East India flagship, the Batavia, which foundered off . Arabella Edge studied at Bristol University and left for Australia in 1992.

The Company is based on the true story of a Dutch East India flagship, the Batavia, which foundered off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Jeronimus Cornelisz, a thirty-year-old apothecary with murder, mutiny, rape and torture on his mind, assumes command of the survivors, who all thought they were lucky to be alive. Her first novel, The Company, won Best First Book in the 2001 Commonwealth Writer's Prize in the South Pacific region, and was shortlisted for Australia's Miles Franklin Award 2001. She has since written The Raft and Fields of Ice, which was published in 2011.

The Company - Arabella Edge. The company: the story of a murderer, Arabella Edge. Worldwide acclaim for Arabella Edge and. The Company. An engrossing debut novel. p. cm. 1. Netherlands-History, Naval-17th century-Fiction. First, all my thanks to my husband, Nick Gaze, who told me the story of the Batavia and inspired me to write this novel; Glenda Adams, my supervisor at the University of Technology, Sydney, for her generosity and advice in steering me through the writing of The Company from its inception; my agent, Lyn Tranter, for her encouragement, enthusiasm, and patience; Nikki Christer.

Arabella Edge writes the story in the first person, almost in the form of a journal. Edge writes well, and builds the alarmingly plausible character of Cornelisz very convincingly

Arabella Edge writes the story in the first person, almost in the form of a journal. Using forged papers, Cornelisz ships on the Batavia, flagship of the Dutch East India Company, bound for Australia and the Dutch East Indies. Loaded with gold and trading goods, the Batavia is wrecked on an island off the coast of Australia. Edge writes well, and builds the alarmingly plausible character of Cornelisz very convincingly. I felt that the first 85% of the book outshone the last 15%. I felt that it needed another 20 or 30 pages to tie up the end with the same thorough detail as the rest of the book.

Published by Thriftbooks. It is a well written book that becomes very difficult to read as it progresses and the endless horrors and atrocities continue unabated.

Arabella Edge (born in London, England) is a writer and novelist whose first work, The Company, received a 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Edge graduated with an English Literature degree from Bristol University. Her short tales appeared in the literary illustrated magazines Westerly and Ulitarra.

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Items related to The Company : The Story of a Murderer. Edge, Arabella The Company : The Story of a Murderer. ISBN 13: 9780330489799. The Company : The Story of a Murderer. Arabella Edge has worked as a journalist, and her short stories have appeared in a variety of literary publications. This is her first novel. When a Company ship drops anchor, the mercantile clamor shrills.

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Arabella Edge (born in London, England) is a writer and novelist whose first work . The Company: The Story of a Murderer (2000). The God of Spring (2005) aka The Raft.

Arabella Edge (born in London, England) is a writer and novelist whose first work, The Company, received a 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award A second novel, The God of Spring was published in 2005. Retrieved 2008-11-26. Edge, Arabella (2006-04-16). Arabella Edge: My Tasmania".

"I, Jeronimus, am a man of phials, a measurer of powders on bronze scales, a potion brewer, an opium and arsenic merchant. The primped and perfumed Amsterdam burghers came to me in droves requiring cures for fevers, love balms, the miscarriage of a bastard child and, of course, poisons. Ah, poisons..." The Company is based on the true story of a Dutch East India flagship, the Batavia, which foundered off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Jeronimus Cornelisz, a thirty-year-old apothecary with murder, mutiny, rape and torture on his mind, assumes command of the survivors, who all thought they were lucky to be alive. With Cornelisz in control, however, an extraordinary reign of terror begins, leaving those who survived wishing they had gone down with the ship. 'Elegant and hypnotically malevolent' Kate Grenville, winner of the Orange Prize 2001 'A compelling and utterly original story of shipwreck, madness and evil. It is written in gorgeous prose . . . and features a splendidly ruthless villain. A fine, dark novel' Patrick McGrath

Comments

Amarin Amarin
Fantastic book. It's a really creative and fun read.
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In Arabella Edge's The Company the reader is taken on a most unusual journey, sadly the journey ends up being a boring one. Our main character, Jeronimus Cornelisz, is a psychopath, though of course not many people know that. He is also an alchemist and an apothecary: poisons are his love. From a young age he has been obsessed with killing and controlling people through poisons and potions. Now he is throwing that all away, and with forged papers, is joining the crew on a ship of the Dutch East Indian Company, the Batavia, which is to transport goods to one of its Dutch colonies. Apart from a beautiful woman who Cornelisz is interested in, there is also a Dutch governor aboard and with him an untold amount of riches.

Soon a plan is forged between Cornelisz, the captain, and some of the crew to mutiny, get rid of all the unwanted people (but some of the women they will keep) and take the chests of gold for themselves. Except Mother Nature has a change to make in their plan: an obscured reef that the Batavia will have its hull ripped open. And those who survive will have to make do on an uninhabited island. The problem is none of them know they have a psychopath within their midst. While partially based on a true story, The Company does not really go anywhere, even though it has a remotely interesting story. But then there is the cliché of the uninhabited island along with one of the members of the crew being insane. It results in a somewhat doomed plot, but then if murderers and desert islands in the key of Treasure Island are what you like, then The Company may well be the book for you; just don't expect too much.

Originally published in June/July 2002.

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Vojar Vojar
The Company in question is the Dutch East India Company, and the date is 1628. The protagonist is Jeronimus Cornelisz, an apothecary, skilled in the use of drugs and poisons, leaving his home city of Amsterdam on the run from magistrates who have taken offence at his unusual philosophical and sexual beliefs.

Arabella Edge writes the story in the first person, almost in the form of a journal. Using forged papers, Cornelisz ships on the Batavia, flagship of the Dutch East India Company, bound for Australia and the Dutch East Indies. Loaded with gold and trading goods, the Batavia is wrecked on an island off the coast of Australia.

Cornelisz's account gives an excellent view of evil taking control of the survivors. Murder, mayhem, revenge and retribution - all the more fascinating as it is based on a well-researched historical case. Edge writes well, and builds the alarmingly plausible character of Cornelisz very convincingly.

I felt that the first 85% of the book outshone the last 15%. I felt that it needed another 20 or 30 pages to tie up the end with the same thorough detail as the rest of the book. It's a good read if you like historical faction, but I can't quite give it five stars.
Rolorel Rolorel
In 1628, apothecary Jeronimus Cornelisz flees Amsterdam because some of his views on sorcery are considered heresy. In spite of his assisting the city's burghers with various vials including poisons, Jeronimus knows his exile must start immediately. His need to leave town forces the pompous Jeronimus to travel by sea, a mode of transportation he loathes. Still Jeronimus becomes a passenger on the Dutch East India ship Batavia heading to Indonesia.
While sailing on the endless oceans, Jeronimus realizes the ship carries a fortune that he believes should be his by divine right. He also lusts after another passenger, who spurns his efforts at courting. Still, Jeronimus manages to use his charismatic personality to incite a mutiny. Soon, the Batavia runs aground with many dying at sea. Those who survive soon turn to "the seducer of men" to keep them safe until a rescue ship can arrive. Instead of a leader of a temporary haven, Jeronimus begins forty days of torture, mayhem, and murder.
THE COMPANY is a powerful historical fiction told in the first person by the beguiling villain. The story line is frightening because it is based on a true incident and person. Arabella's Edge's research into Jeronimus allows the reader to see behind his charm into the head of this psychopathic megalomaniac. Yet his fellow mutineers and survivors fell right into his devilish allure. Genre fans will have a field day with this novel, especially comparing this diabolical individual with some of history's charismatic, but deadly tyrants.

Harriet Klausner
Jack Jack
Arabella Edge's The Company (The Story of a Murderer) is a fictionalized account of the wreck of the Batavia in 1629 off the coast of Western Australia told from the point of view of the leader of the mutineers, Jeronimus Cornelisz. It is a well written book that becomes very difficult to read as it progresses and the endless horrors and atrocities continue unabated. As it is narrated by such a powerful character who is presented from the first as evil (mixed with cowardice, a dealy combination) and without any moral compass, the novel does not develop the horrors slowly but simply presents them one after another after another leaving the reader numb. The author is skilled at this piling on of horrors and creates moments of surprise throughout although finding a meaning to all of this terror seems rather futile. This book never reaches the level of Lord of the Flies but is nastily effective, in its own right, at relentlessly showing man's baser nature.