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White Thorn (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2005

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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Interesting Story Set in the Times when Apartheid Was Born 9. Januar 2013
Von John Lewis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This was my first Bryce Courtenay novel.

I had tried to find his books for the kindle while we were sailing around Australia last year but for some reason the kindle versions did not show up when I searched. Ironically it turned out that leaving "kindle" out of the search phrase allowed me to see the kindle versions but if I used the word "kindle" I only got drops for the paper and audio versions of his books.

The reason I have started with this book is because we had arrived in South Africa by the time I had figured out how to find the kindle versions of his books on Amazon. "Whitethorn" was highly recommended by a friend here at the Zululand Yacht Club who was helping me understand Apartheid and its aftermath in this troubled country.

After looking at the Bryce Courtenay web site and reading the bio material included there, it is pretty obvious that this book is largely autobiographical. Courtenay was born in South Africa, was raised in an orphanage, and immigrated to Australia with his first wife who was Australian.

I found the characters in the book to be well developed and believable and feel that Courtenay did a good job of walking the thin line between telling it like it was and being judgmental. There is a Zulu hero but also Afrikaners who are likable, descent people. The book treats the complex problem of racial prejudice and sexual predation with the shades of gray that are appropriate and leaves the reader understanding how complex these problems are and what a barrier they are to South Africa's evolution into a full fledged member of the nations in the 21st century.

At the time I am writing this review I am 3/4 of the way through "The Potato Factory" which is turning out to be another fine novel by an author who deserves more attention that he seems to have gotten with US audiences.

Courtenay was a good craftsman who wrote very readable books. I am hopeful that the rest of his works will be as satisfying to read as this book was.
5.0 von 5 Sternen If you enjoyed Peekay's story, you'll love Whitethorn! 11. August 2012
Von Molly A. Block - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
If you are a Bryce Courtenay fan, and you've read "The Power of One" and loved it, then you will also love Whitethorn.

It is similar to the story of Peekay. It's about the life of an orphan boy, Tom, who finds a puppy. He has only one true friend, a Zulu man, who is later killed in the story. Tom grows up to be more than expected, an exceptionally brilliant young man, who suffers hardships, learns about love, and goes on to fulfill his education is Law. He does a stint in the copper mines, and returns home to vindicate the murder of his friend, the Zulu man. There were also references to boxing, and plants, and many of the same words that were used in The Power of One were also used here, such as "Voetsek" and "Finish and klaar."

Does this sound like the life of Peekay to you? It is similar, so if you loved The Power of One, you will also love Whitethorn just as much.

It was a great book, very fun to read, and I hated for it to end.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Deja Vu? 23. Juli 2008
Von Judymarin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I have to preface this by saying I LOVE Bryce Courtenay's body of work. I have read 90% of his books and even picked up some of them while I was in Australia - devastated that I missed his book signing by one day. I have written to him and received a reply. Power of One is my favorite book of all time.

That said, I was thrilled to find another big book available from Mr. Courtenay. I bought it as a summer read to make my travels even more interesting.

I was so caught by the similarities in the beginning. To add to the first list of similiarites - PK had a chicken - Tom has a dog (both well trained amazingly). There are still chickens in the story.

Bad nicknames (Pisskop for Peekay) and get away mongrel dog for Tom. Miss Philips is the professor.

I am not quite done with the book and checked this out to see what everyone else thought of such a similar book coming from such an extraordinary author that surely this was not something he needed to fall back on??

To hear there are Rhodesian mines in this book, etc., is disappointing.

This does not take away from my love of Power of One or of Mr. Courtenay's writing. But what was the publisher and author thinking?

Again if you haven't read Power of One you will love this book. But those of us in love with the characters in Power of One will resent their dilution by such similar characters.

As I mentioned, I am not finished yet so I wonder - is there a big huge woman in this book? There usually is in all of his books - not just the Power of One series.

Regretfully signed,
Judy Hervall
5.0 von 5 Sternen David Copperfield of South Africa 10. Januar 2014
Von S. Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Anyone who liked Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One, will Not be disappointed in this lovely book. Seen through the eyes of a young boy (with a British surname) who grows up in an orphanage of Afrikaans, his life story is one that shouldn't be missed. Always the outsider, he sees things in a different light and will endear himself to you early in the book. I was reminded of another lovely story of a boys life, David Copperfield, as I read this tale. Don't miss out on a great read!
5.0 von 5 Sternen I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this well-written tome 31. Dezember 2014
Von Benjamin L. Sadler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Remarkable story told by a master of the written word. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this well-written tome, it conveyed a sense of history which few of us in this hemisphere are familiar with and concurrently told a sad, profound, and necessary story. Bryce Courtenay was a magnificent story teller and this was, in my opinion, one of his best.
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