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Edward

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1296)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Not quite what I expected."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book got off to a fine start,but the story seems to drag around the middle of the

    book. There starts to be too much detail, as far as I was concerned. A small example,-

    I'm not really interested in the sexual needs or desires of the WW2 Japanese soldier (s).

    There was more than ample violence and gore to disqualify this as a love story



    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    It was a good job over all.


    Was The Persimmon Tree worth the listening time?

    From the start to the middle, yes the rest could have been cut to the last chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    You're going to get a lot of well researched history, a lot of horror inflicted onto innocent

    people, cruelty to the extreme and, of course,sexual deviancy. If this seems a bit too

    much historic reality , better pass on this one. On the other hand, if that's the kind of

    thing you like, you're going to have to wade through some mushy spots.

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