Simultaneous release of the latest novel from Australia's best-selling author. Likened by the author to Frank Hardy's Australian classic, Power Without Glory, with pubs, gambling and political corruption taking centre stage.
The Dance of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga centering on a working-class family of publicans who make their first mark in Balmain in the 1930s. In that decade, two opportunities existed for boys of Balmain, a working-class Sydney suburb: to be selected into Fort Street Boys School or to excel as a sportsman. At just 16 years, Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His parents run The Hero of Mafeking ('Maffos'), the favourite local watering hole, and the whole of Balmain is proud of Danny's sporting prowess. His mother, though, steers Danny towards a university education; but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust.
Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He has told no one of his return, and as he sails towards the Balmain ferry terminal, he knows his life in beloved Balmain will have nothing to do with the life he led before the war. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....
©2009 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Always wonderul to have an Ausie narrator, book was not as entertaining as other novels from Bryce Courtenay.
Nothing stands out in this novel, which is definately not one of Bryce Courtenay's best. It was ok to listen to but certainly not rivetting - which is what you would normally expect from this author.
Very good as always
I downloaded this particular book after hearing the author Bryce Courtenay interviewed on the radio. It sounded great. I have enjoyed other books that he has written. It was a great story, with a very unexpected ending. The author has a talent for being able to describle something or someone in such a way that it comes alive to the reader. My only criticism is that these descriptions can become a bit long winded and tedious.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
The Characters are terrific and the images are umber like sepia prints. Again, as I have noticed before BC really does tend to invest too much of his time in training us in the art of 'love'. Why he has the predeliction I have no idea so if those moments bore you, like they did me, skip on for the book does meander through the period with a richness that is so Australian. If he were a painter he would be a McCubbin.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I have really enjoyed most of the book. It was a great story, with a very unexpected ending. The ending left me flat and I thought soiled the story.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
if you're looking for your first Bryce Courtenay, save this for later. While this is not Mr. Courteney ' s best, it's still good. But it would be better if you started with The Power of One or the Matthew Flinder ' Cat.
I'm a huge fan of Courtenay, but this simply wasn't his best effort. There was a great story, but it was too often lost in the mire of everyday tedium of all the characters. It was also a bit formulaic. Courtenay was a great author, but this won't go down as one of his better efforts.
Yes, did like the book.
Great story, but sad ending, which wasn't necessary!
Yes! Quite a few! Humphrey Bower is by far the best narrator around!
No, too long!!
Ending a bit disappointing - too sad with 2 people commiting suicide - was this necessary? Rest story great!
Irrepressible human spirit
Your trying to stitch me up so trying stitching your suite yourself.
His Aussie accent and his ability to change voices brings a richness to his reading that not many can do. An absolute fan of Humphrey Bower.
Brenda,s rendition of the family quilt story ,"Danny,s off to be a soldier"
This book makes me proud to be an Australian!
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