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Lorraine Hicks

BETHESDA, MD, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    (398)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    "Tom continually turns lemons into lemonade."
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    If you could sum up Whitethorn in three words, what would they be?

    Believe in oneself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Despite the harshness of his upbringing, Tom has a knack for making things work, in the long run. The narration is excellent and despite the apparent bleakness of some situations, I found reason to smile. We should all have just a bit of Tom's tenacity.


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