Nancy Cato's epic saga follows the life and loves of Philadelphia "Delie" Gordon. Considered an Australian classic, A River Not Yet Tamed uses the Murray River as a constant and apt analogy to Delie, allowing it to show both her tumultuousness and her beauty. Kate Hosking's down-to-earth style brings about a firm solidity to Cato's prose, as well as helping to underscore Delie is a remarkable and independent woman. It's a performance both resolute and respectful, making Delie as wild and remarkable as the Australian landscape that Cato describes with beautiful precision.
Philadelphia Gordon is an artist, a riverboat skipper, a beautiful and independent woman. Orphaned by a shipwreck, Philadelphia grows up on the banks of her beloved Murray River, seemingly destined for a conventional life. But tragedy leads her first to a successful career as a painter, then to marriage to the dashing captain of the paddle-steamer that bears her name. This epic novel, set against the panoramic countryside and winding rivers of Australia, is her story, as powerful and unforgettable as its heroine.
©1958 Nancy Cato; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I first saw this story as the mini series many years ago, and have enjoyed listening to the story and remembering parts I had forgotten and indeed, filling in the gaps which were not portrayed in the mini series.
Of course Philidelphia
No this is the first one, but I am impressed with her narration.
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