I love Bryce Courtenay and have listened to most of his books, loved the first book but this sequel seemed a bit like a history class, too preachy. I found myself drifting off in some parts when the detailed history became too long. Still one of my favorite writers though.
A continuation of the story of the characters in The Persimmon Tree, this book demonstrates Courtenay's usual masterful weaving of history, politics, romance, love, & all the complexities of human relationships, in wonderful storytelling. Humphrey Bower is an outstanding reader & brings the characters alive.
I'm a LLL (a Life Long Learner) I love growing my education. Its not cool 2 stop school so early. The ones who do complain that life is hard
I recommend you listen to the Persimmon Tree beforehand. This is beautifully narrated . It covers many decades and is well researched.
I first read THE PERSIMMON TREE. The two books should both be read. The author has detailed, almost ponderous, descriptive history of the South Pacific just before World War II and the Japanese invasion of the many Sutherland's Pacific islands. Told from an Australian man's point of view, it was ver illuminating. I did not know about the culture of the various ethnic groups on the islands, Japan or Australia . At times it is very graphic and there is a lot of sexual customs. But they are described frankly and it is informative, not tawdry. I have read much about the European theatre of WWII, but knew nothing about the Japanese aspect. Many of the names mentioned re true people. As the novels combined span about 60 years, the politics, finances of the Pacific were surprising and fascinating. The audio version was well done and I don't think I could have read such detailed novels in print from. It was shocking to me to learn about the corruption and nuances of Asian businesses. Makes me wonder if America is operating the same way! Enlightening read.
another iridescent, engaging, complex, and simply wonderful experience with Courtenay and Bower. Thematically and morally challenging work that is masterfully articulated by one of the finest authors of our day... or any day and dispensation, really
The Persimmon Tree was awesome. Fishing for Stars as sequel not as much. Although a great story & perfection in reading, there was too much information regarding the environmental & political minutiae. Sadly this left me bored & thinking about fast forwarding which I would never have done in the other Courtenay books I have listened to.
As always, Humphrey Bower's does a masterful job of bringing the story to life, but unlike other Courtenay books this one never really grabbed and held me. It felt like Courtenay wasn't sure where he was going with this one. At several points I was tempted to abandon the book but trudged on to a so-so ending. Glad this wasn't the first Courtenay book I listened to as I would likely have passed on his other very excellent books.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
While it was great to catch up with Nick, Anna and Marg, this story went on an and on and on about politics, history and environmental issues. Toward the end I skipped large amounts just to get back to the story.
I was thrilled to realize The Persimmon Tree had a sequel, and settled in to listen. To keep my review brief (and avoid spoilers), I loved every part of the story that involved Anna and disliked nearly every part of the story that involved Marg. Even allowing for that personal opinion, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.
I would condense the content, a lot of the story from The Persimmon Tree is repeated and re-repeated far too many times in this book. There are a lot of cliches and editorial misses that should have been excluded and detract from the telling of this sequel.
restricted the amount of cliches about women and expanded more on the final outcome of his writing his story and Marg Hamilton.
he redeems some of the self depreciating humor and allows you to overlook the authors at times tedious repetitions and cliches.
yes but only if it were together with the first book, The Persimmon Tree. No idea on actors!
Read the Persimmon Tree first or you'll be disappointed and irritated. I read this sequel and can understand why other readers were disappointed and given poor reviews. This is not his best book, but I did enjoy most of it as part of the previous story. It took me a while to get into the first book, so I read The Four Fires which was more fun and more akin to The Power of One. I felt I had to got into the style of this author and so decided to go back to the Persimmon Tree but had to make an effort to tolerate some cliches and repetitions of storyline especially for Fishing for Stars.I still enjoyed it overall. There is some good storytelling and information in there, once you get used to the writing style but not everyone's cup of tea! One for fans I think and not the best Bryce Courtney book to start with.