- Taschenbuch: 692 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin (2. August 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0143004840
- ISBN-13: 978-0143004844
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 4 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 148.248 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Whitethorn (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. August 2007
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From Bryce Courtenay comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people frantically 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 ostracized, 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.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds.
Bryce Courtenay AM passed away in November 2012, aged seventy-nine, at his home in Canberra.
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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.
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.
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.
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