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Whitethorn | [Bryce Courtenay]

Whitethorn

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany. Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love.

©2005 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 11-24-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Clever boy triumphs in pre WW II South Africa"

    This was a good listen if you're a Courteney fan---and I became one with "The Power of One". If you listen to that one first, this one is not a sequel, but another effort along the same lines...entertaining information about SA during the time the author grew up there. An easy, presumably factual, history lesson...

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    TURNER SCHAFER PEORIA, AZ, United States 11-18-13
    TURNER SCHAFER PEORIA, AZ, United States 11-18-13
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    "engrossing"
    Would you listen to Whitethorn again? Why?

    Yes and I even started to, great story and awesome narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character was Tom and Mattress.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    shed a little tear at the very end, but my favorite part of the book was in the beginning setting the stage and scenery.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes laughed, cried. The narration was awesome, so good it's been hard to find another audiobook I enjoy. the narrator did the voices of the different people wonders.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a unique book in the way it was written. As Tom the main character was telling it back to you, and the style was that it was like an oral story told back to you because he would say oh and I forgot to tell you this happened, or you were probably wondering why I knew this. So listening on audio is probably better then reading. It really puts you in the time and place the book took place in. Highly recommend.

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    Ingrid Centurion, South Africa 10-21-13
    Ingrid Centurion, South Africa 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Most enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this book. The second part seems almost unnecessary because the first half is almost enough of a story, with interesting elements of South African history told in a non-judgmental way. None the less it is a very enjoyable listen. I enjoy Humphrey Bower as narrator.

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    love to read tx 10-20-13
    love to read tx 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "FABULOUS!"

    This is my 12th Bryce Courtenay novel and my favorite by far. You won't be disappointed. I love Humphrey Bower's performance of the Courtenay novels.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-06-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Better than Power of One"

    This was worth reading even if you read its twin brother the Power of One, has more comedy and also is better written, Power of One was BC's first so it was a bit rough.

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    DCinMI Fairview, MI 05-24-13
    DCinMI Fairview, MI 05-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I don't know how he does it!"

    This man writes about locations, time periods, and events in which I have no interest whatsoever. There are many things I AM interested in, but early 20th century politics in the southern hemisphere is not one of them. HOWEVER... Courtenay is a storytelling genius and brilliant wordsmith. When I start listening to one of his books, I am hooked almost immediately and don't want it to end. The dates, political events, and places only form a backdrop and give context to the story.

    I think the way his books are woven together, it is difficult to give a plot summary without revealing things that would be better left to the author's own wording and timing. I can say that the character narrator is a six year old boy when the book opens. He grows up in an orphanage and the story follows his eventful life until the age of about 30. There is a thread running through it that pulls you along and keeps you interested right to the very end.

    I also need to mention the narrator, Humphrey Bower. Does he have any accent of his own? He appears to be some sort of voice chameleon. I've heard him do so many different voices and accents so well, that I can get no sense of what he would sound like in normal, natural conversation in his own home. If you place a high value on a talented narrator, this book will certainly please you on that score.

    This is the 6th Courtenay book I have listened to, and I've never been sorry for purchasing one. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good tale, well told.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Favourite!"

    I have to admit, I love Bryce Courtney and am a little biased when it comes to his books. This is another good one and I can relate to it as I'm a South African, so it resonates with my soul. A really good story!

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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 04-22-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "My Favorite Bryce Courtenay, with a warning"

    I came very close to completely quiting this book early on, as I have had to do with several other of Bryce's books. There is an act of older male child on younger male child sexual abuse as seen though the younger child's uncomprehending eyes. This is the only act that you "see" but a 2 minute fast forward would remove the worst of it. The incident is essential to plot, but knowing it happened is enough. The book is definately adult themed even without the above episode, but language is remarkably clean. The message is positive and hopeful, the history of South Africa and its challenges are beutifully covered. Tom, the orphan, you follow from 7 - 30 or so, is a delightful innocent soul, and the friends he makes along the way become your friends too. You will meet people from all walks of life, of all levels of morality, but right and goodness are the hero's here. If you liked Power of One, you will like this... as they are very similar.

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    Ed SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-17-13
    Ed SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Power of Two"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whitethorn to be better than the print version?

    only listen


    What other book might you compare Whitethorn to and why?

    The Power of One, BC's first book. This one seems to be very much a revisiting of the same story. Social injustice, race relations, pets, bullying, befriending odd characters, the talented child that is innocent of his own gifts, doing right to those who have done you wrong. Courtenay's "Horatio Alger" plots all tend to support his thesis: the good boy overcomes the odds to become successful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tom realizes who the faceless beggar is.


    If you could rename Whitethorn, what would you call it?

    I think Whitethorn is a good one. Symbolic for Tom being a white boy in Africa, redolent of the brushy shrub that grows there.


    Any additional comments?

    Humphrey Bower puts so much into the voice characterizations. He's a master of dialects.

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    Lorraine Hicks BETHESDA, MD, US 01-11-13
    Lorraine Hicks BETHESDA, MD, US 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tom continually turns lemons into lemonade."
    If you could sum up Whitethorn in three words, what would they be?

    Believe in oneself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Despite the harshness of his upbringing, Tom has a knack for making things work, in the long run. The narration is excellent and despite the apparent bleakness of some situations, I found reason to smile. We should all have just a bit of Tom's tenacity.


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