©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
I liked the story, very interesting but wayyyy too much detail that wasnt necessary. At certain points i couldnt even concentrate because the detail would just go on and on. A fair read but not highly recommended for someone who doenst like long drawn out books.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay books, but will not be my last. I had a very hard time getting started with this book, but that is mainly because I am used to listening to books that do not require me to pay attention. How refreshing. I found myself laughing out loud at James and singing hymns with Brother Fish. I would highly recommend this book - just hang in there through the first part and it quickly picks up and takes you away. I can't wait to listen to his other books.
a little hard going for the first third or so. Went on a bit. Plus the end was strange after the slowness of the book there was so much happening at the end it seemed to have been written in a hurry to finish. A good read all the same.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This is a great one, well written. The narrator was an excellent choice, perfect for this novel, read with just the right amount of intonation to add realism. Do not be put off by reviews commenting on the over use of one characters full name being used often. Her name must be said in full for the reader to see the characters personality, to give us a glimpse of her as the other characters in the novel did. This is well worth the credit, a wonderful listen.
What started as a wonderful book gets bogged down with the Nicole saga. Told in recollection with a BORING, droll, and monotonous tone, it drags the story down, down, down. Five stars for the beginning, none for end.
This is an absorbing novel, my favorite kind, with well developed characters set in real life history situations that take you there in that moment in time. I was engaged from the beginning and didn't want this one to end. I have enjoyed all of Bryce Courtenay's novels but this will be my favorite.
I am gradually reading through all of Bryce Courtenay's novels. Most have been riveting. This one is almost like 3-4 novels in one - all with the same characters. It is by far the longest of his very long novels that I've read. I like a long novel that continues to entertain. As usual, Bryce Courtenay educates while he entertains. I know there are some flaws in this novel, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes an excellent, satifying tale that is very long.
For those who enjoyed “The Power of One”, “Brother Fish” will prove NEARLY as enjoyable. ‘The Power of One’ is hard to top, and admittedly, this offering falls a bit short of that lofty target however, this tale is both engaging and meaningful. Enjoy!
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