Definitely, but this was not his best work.
Bryce got us lost in the weeds of international politics and business history. It tells the story of that region of the world but was missing the usual Dickensian characterizations that I love. True, the "Persimmon Tree" needed a sequel, but it just seems like Bryce lost his story-telling mojo on this one.
Humphrey Bower is his usual superb best at accents of all sorts.
Melissa Eccleston's attempt at a Russian accent sounds like someone with peanut butter stuffed in their mouth, vainly trying to escape it. So, I'm spoiled with Humphrey Bower's masterful narration. Anyone else would be a let-down. But do us a favor, let us down EASY.
For the first time since "50 Shades of Gray" I had to abort this one, unfinished.
Someone who can do ethnic accents without butchering it.
"perfect" = "pyurfect" ? Come on now, not at all convincing.
To get another book.
Bower, come back.
The Power of One, BC's first book. This one seems to be very much a revisiting of the same story. Social injustice, race relations, pets, bullying, befriending odd characters, the talented child that is innocent of his own gifts, doing right to those who have done you wrong. Courtenay's "Horatio Alger" plots all tend to support his thesis: the good boy overcomes the odds to become successful.
When Tom realizes who the faceless beggar is.
I think Whitethorn is a good one. Symbolic for Tom being a white boy in Africa, redolent of the brushy shrub that grows there.
Humphrey Bower puts so much into the voice characterizations. He's a master of dialects.
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