Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.
In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster.
©1995 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)
"In the tradition of Charles Dickens, Courtenay creates a unique cast of characters from the outset of this epic novel....Humphrey Bower's performance is a marvel...making this one of those rare books with a sweep of characters the readers come to care about deeply." (AudioFile)
stunning character development
The description of the attack on Mary after she gets a job as clerk is gory and amazing and relates very well the incredible desperation of the times and the baseness which humans can sink in dire situations.
I have not read the print version, but the narrator is very skilled he brings to life the full character of Ikey Solomon.
My favorite character is Ikey Solomon. The man is a down right scoundrel, but you find yourself rooting for him.
He brings to life all of the characters and really gives a voice to Ikey.
Salt on the Bread
This book and the later two in the trilogy are definitely worth the time to listen to.
I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)
Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis
The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
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I really love this book. It became my entry port for all of Bryce Courtenay's novels and also everything narrated by Humphrey Bowers. The former truly knows how to spin a yarn, and the latter how to bring it alive. That there additionally is more than a kernel of truth in "The Australian Trilogy," makes it all so much better.
Everything about this whole experience was wonderful. I am already on the second book of the trilogy.
The time period and the Dickensonian feel to the novel.
The trial when Charles Dickens appears.
I have recommended this book to anyone who will listen to me.
It's in my top 5.
The characters are colorful and despicable, the descriptions are fun and the narrator gives great voice to the characters.
Read the entire three book set...it is an awesome epic journey!!! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Aussie history
The character development by the writer. As nasty as some of them were, I felt I knew them personally.
What happened to Mary Abacus immediately after getting a job.
Ikey. He was a bad apple, but sometimes he stumbled onto some undeniable truths.
I have just discovered Bryce Courtenay and will isten to every one of his books, especially with the knowledge that Humphrey Bower narrates them all. What a combination of talent!!
This is a masterpiece that seems to capture the essence of "the criminal class" in England and the classist ways of the ruling English in Tasmania. The colour of the characters is quite fantastic. The listener is trasnported - not only into another world - but into their grimy lives that strangely enough - are quite charming. I loved every second of the listen.
This is the first Humphrey Bower performance that I'm aware of - I will seek him out in future - Brilliant!
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