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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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    Blake Williamstown North, Australia 05-02-12
    Blake Williamstown North, Australia 05-02-12
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    "Another excellent African story from Bryce C."
    Would you listen to Whitethorn again? Why?

    No because I've already listened to it. It's a long book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Africa. I like Bryce's interpretation and painting of Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Bryce Courtenay, you won't be dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shana Adelaide, Australia 04-09-12
    Shana Adelaide, Australia 04-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed Whitethorn.
    It did have some disturbing parts in it but if you can get past those parts it is a brilliant story. The way Bryce Courtney tells the story through the eyes of a young boy is just so entertaining.
    I shared this book with my 60+ Mother and 90+ Grandmother and they both loved it, so much so they have listened to it more than once.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful to learn about South Africa"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for those who can handle the violence and brutality that go with living in an orphanage as the "outcast"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whitethorn?

    When Tom sold the 3 Steinways


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Excellent ability to take on the characteristics of the various dialects -- Afrikaner, Indian, British English, Cape Colored


    If you could take any character from Whitethorn out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tom's mentors, the Sgt, the Dr., and Miss ___________


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Milford, New Zealand 02-22-13
    Nicole Milford, New Zealand 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Whitethorn to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy audio books immensely, I would be ill advised to suggest that it is better than print.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He captures the essence of the characters so perfectly and with such feeling - bravo Humphrey.


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

    I have to say tears did well up when the little fox terrier Tinker died of a broken heart


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David & Margaret Shelton LaCenter, WA United States 10-12-12
    David & Margaret Shelton LaCenter, WA United States 10-12-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    Not at the present for Bryce but still definitely for Mr Bower.


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay’s story?

    The story line weak. Unnecessary graphic vulgarity not required for story line.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey Bower's accent cannot be duplicated in my mind.


    Was Whitethorn worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and or listened to 7 to 8 Bryce Courtney novels. This is the first one I have not thoroughly enjoyed or would not recommend

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob MILFORD, CT, United States 01-03-13
    Bob MILFORD, CT, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very simalar to other Brice Courtney books."
    Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

    No I have read four or five other stories but this one is simalar to one of his other books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Conflict of interest


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does an excelent job of diferentiating the caracters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Whitethorn?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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