©2005 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
One of the toughest beginnings to get through. It is an essential part of the story though; push through it. As always the details, characters, and story line are first rate; the reading beyond comparison. Courtenay is a champion of human rights. He is a master story teller of history. The importance of his work is tremendous. I cannot recommend this and his other stories more highly!
Whitethorn is another brilliant Bryce Courtney novel. I had a difficult time pausing the book when activities of daily living got in the way. The attention to detail was ever present throughout the story. It aroused many emotions and I found myself crying through several sections of the book. I must also praise the narrator, Humphrey Bower. He brought the book to life. I can't imagine it would have been the case if I had read the book instead of listening to the audio version. Bravo!
Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.
I will truly miss this author with his rich imagination and is love for the common good in all people. He has always written for the down trodden. He was opened up doors to understanding war and those that fought in the war and the prisoners of war. I sincerely hope his books will be read for many years going forward.
Bryce had a great gift for language and this book as per his others are always rich. I loved this child. And I would have loved a book sequel to know continuation of his life. Alas this is not to be. So I do highly recommend that others enjoy this novel as much as I have. Thank you Bryce and also Humphrey Bower, for you beautiful narration.
Alida in Colorado
the first half of the book I loved. The second half drug on and on and he spent too much time focused on how his childhood had affected him. I love Courtenay's books but this one was a disappointment and it was too similar to his first one; "The Power of One"
Characters are so well developed, relationships endearing and historical portrayals are very impacting on the heart and soul. Thanks so much, Bryce and Humphrey!!
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