Yes... the book meanders on, in a similar vain to Four Fires, but with less cohesiveness. It is more of a chronicle than a story with plot twists... In some ways this works, in others it doesn't.
Humphry Bower is in top form on this one. He is always a good narrator, even (I suspect) on a bad day... but he outshone himself here. Accents of Chinese and Korean soldiers, gangsters, Americans, Russians... he is truly gifted!
As stated above, this book meandered some. The depictions of POW life in Korea were riveting and tragic, and the story of Nicole's early years was captivating... but this is by no means Bryce Courtenay's greatest work. Worth the read if you are into small-island Australian life, the Korean war, and the racial attitudes during the 1940s and 1950s...
If another narrator had read this, I might have given up, but Humphry is so talented that he kept me going.
If you are interested in a better BC read, go for Four Fires or Matthew Flinders' Cat. I have recently started the Potato Factory and am enjoying it too.
Yes. Likeable main characters and a very well done narration.
Unbroken. Great story of survival.
He brought the characters to life.
Interesting to hear a view of history from outside America.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Bryce Courtenay has yet again brought together issues and concerns for many millions of people and set them into a story.
From the Russian refugees in Shanghai after the Revolution to the disgraceful White Australia Policy thankfully abolished under the Whitlam Government, this story continues to explore racism in all it's ugliness, and the impact on every individual " ONE ".
It honours Mums everywhere., as it does family.
The story champions the recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.. And so much more.
It is a story of friendship.
It brings to light an almost forgotten War in Korea in the 1950's and recounts how the countries who sent their youth to Korea did it again in Vietnam without learning from it, or caring about their citizens who gave life and sanity for vain political ends.
It truly is about the power of hope and friendship, turning adversery into great sucess and yes, taking risks. The power of the human voice, music and individual acts of compassion are honoured,.
Humphrey Bower is not at his best. A decent removal of repititions in the the body of the novel would tighten the narrative greatly.
Both in hard copy and audio my favouite Courtney is The Potato Factory, followed by Mathew Flinders' Cat. I loved his Four Fires.
This author has his heart brilliant, there for all to see.
Yes! Not only was the story wonderfully compelling, but the narration was EXCELLENT!
Humphrey Bower was by far the best narrator I have ever heard. He brought to life the many diverse characters, each with challenging and unique accents with such aplomb. I was completely enthralled.
Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite writers. Very sorry to hear of his death. Every book I have read or listen too I have given five stars. Original well written entertaining with great characters.
The further I got into this book the more I loved it and hung on every word. I have to admit the title put me off. I wondered what sort of book could be called “Brother Fish” but I was soon to discover it was a most entertaining and interesting one!
It is a great example of Bryce Courtenay fabulous story telling ability. The narration by Humphrey Bower was excellent. He is very easy to listen to and as an Australian I did find his Aussie accent charming if somewhat exaggerated. Nevertheless it was a delightful depiction of a young man from a rural isolated island.
The story is fascinating with aspects life in the Korean War, a tiny island off the coast of Tasmania, the USA for a black orphan boy and Shanghai over a period of about 80 years. These were all beautifully woven together. I was sorry when it finished but the ending was a good one!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Of all the Bryce Courtenay Books I've read so far, including The Australian Trilogy, The Persimmon Tree, and Tandia, this is by far my favorite, only matched y The Power of One.
By far, Jimmy Pentecost Oldcorn was my fave. A deep and rich character who really made the book. I loved his insights into situations in the book and the fact that as an orphan, he had every reason to be bitter and self centered but was the complete opposite. Humphrey Bower's portrayal was masterful. Spellbinding actually.
This is the best I've heard from Humphrey Bower. Loved loved loved this book.
It's could make a great film. I'd give it the tag line.... It is possible to love
Read this book. It has tales woven within the main story that kept me in my car wanting to hear more.
I am planning on listening to it again. I just want to give it a small rest. The story is powerful, the characters are interesting, and I loved listening to it. It made me wish I had as good a friend.
Jimmy, because he is the kind of man I want to be.
The scene talking about meeting in the bar to remember the men who didn't make it every year for 30 years.
The countess because of her transformation from intimidating matron, through friend to young refuge girl in China.
If you have a credit to spend, you can't go wrong with this book.
Yes, the narrator brings a wonderful new perspective just reading alone in your own head.
The characters are so wound and bound by their past, we learn about history as we retrace their journeys through life. From birth to death, spanning a generation in one lifetime, truly wonderful.
I loved the leading up to the adventure at Government House in Hobart. Then Gloria just happens to have the Harmonicas in her handbag and the scene that follows. This is one of the funniest of many in the whole book.
Jimmy is a very touching character and the numerous times he is there for the people he cares about moved me. Jimmy knew just what to say or to say nothing at all. I loved Jimmy Ol'Corn.
I listen on my drive to and from work five days a week and this story, I listened over the weekend as well! It is truly amazing and I thoroughly recommend it. I learned so much about our history and Tasmania as well, I have family from there and will visit a few sites next time I am there! Thank you Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower for a truly fabulous listen!
Brother Fish is a richly interwoven tale, which has the capacity to make you squirm in one chapter and laugh outloud in others. The Characters are complex but believable. It is up in my top 10 Adio Books, out of 93.
James "Pentecostal" Allcorn - Jimmy
Humphrey Bower brought more than 30 hours of listening to life.
All of the above, and more.