- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Karadie Publishing (10 March 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994503229
- ISBN-13: 978-0994503220
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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'The novel was an enjoyable summer read, well written and researched. The descriptive language employed by the writer easily transports you into the Pacific colonial world of the story’s protagonists and puts you, the reader, in amongst the action.' Adam Hussey, Historical Novel Society
"The atmosphere is gripping and the 'feel' for the island real. I'll look for more by this author." Peter Lingard, author of Boswell's Fairies
"Bluey, a young naive man is thrown into another world of alcohol and violence. His eyes are opened wide to the way other racial groups are treated and his world is tossed upside down by a vicious double murder. A gripping read to the end, this story also gave me a picture of Australia's past on the other side of colonialism." Eugene
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This novel explores the lives a 2 main characters- a young man entering adulthood and a middle age woman at a cross roads in her life. One major event will have an impact that will change lives forever! A great read because it is based on true events...with an outcome that has you guessing till the end!. Great read
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The novel is based on real-life events from ~75 years ago in the Pacific Ocean when cultures were clashing and emerging in a world very far from my own. The author, and many characters in the book, are Australian. An island's population has been drastically impacted by the various wars and visitors over the years, but in particular in recent periods. The story chronicles the life of several who try to protect what they can, balancing the true purpose of non-natives being on the island against those who want to take back what is theirs and others who were made promises about a better life. Tragedy ensues, and readers are left quite curious to learn more about what really happened so many years ago between the Chinese, Japanese, natives, and other visitors.
When I began the book, the most apparent thing to me was how well the author assembles descriptions of either people or settings. Much of the first portion has minimal plot, so we focus on what a few key people think about the island and what's happening in the world around them. We get to know the mindset of the characters and create a vivid picture in our minds of the location we probably have not ever seen, nor might not ever see. By midway, the plot evolves slowly until we see the growing tension among the various classes and populations. Karakaltsas weaves a light but powerful level of drama within the words she chooses to tell the story. By three quarters of the way through, the mystery elements kicked in and I found myself intrigued to learn what really happened on the island. I won't say anymore, so that I don't spoil any plot lines.
I'm glad I went in to this one knowing nothing about the history of the place. It might've ruined the story for me if I already knew the outcome. It's sparked some interest in the reality of the situation, so kudos to the author for inspiring readers to want to learn more about the events. I look forward to seeing more from this writer, as she has a strong handle on turning real-life events into tales that entertain and awaken her readers.
The world of the colonial story is nicely and clearly evoked with imagistic writing, the best kind, which is concise, without being vague or flowery. Though, there are quite a few nice poetic descriptive sentences scattered throughout, they don’t hold up the rhythm of the narrative. Well one should say narratives, a couple of first persons, Ben and Isobel and author. I liked this as it evokes a feeling that life can be approached from lots of angles. Everyone's has got their version of what’s going on!
Looking forward to reading more of this writer in the future.