©2006 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The fact that Sylvia kept questioning herself regarding her performance.
The Pied Piper of Hamlin. He was Sylvia's constant support who did not judge what she did.
The story itself.
Sylvia Honeyeater-she overcame so much.
Someone with a soft clear voice and NO ACCENT!
No, I actually stopped on chapter 9 and downloaded Bryce Courteney's "Fishing for the Stars". I read "The Persimmon Tree" before this book, and felt the need to get back to Nicholas.
for Bryce this was a departure and I can’t blame him for trying something new—the narrator was not the best—she kept trying to add a German accent to the script's characters, it led to a high pitched tone and it didn’t work. It actually hurt my ears when I used my headphones.
Having read almost all of Bryce Courtenay's book, I have always been moved by how easily he blends attention to historical detail with a seemingly natural ability to tell a fascinating story. In this Sylvia is no different from any of his other novels and Edwina Wren does a great job, even though Humphry Bower is impossible to top. The story is well told, the charachters are brought to life in typical Courtnay fashion, yet somehow in its entirety the story lacks the luster of his Australia novels. Still, Sylvia is a great book, educational as well as entertaining.
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