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The Secret River (Historical Trilogy Book 1) by [Grenville, Kate]
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The Secret River (Historical Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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A vivid evocation of the rawest kind of colonialism. -- Jem Poster * * Books * * Winner of the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Idea of Perfection, Grenville's latest, beautifully written novel concerns William Thornhill, a 19th-century convict from London deported to Australia, where he staked a claim on ancient Aboriginal lands - with tragic consequences. * * Financial Times * * In one stroke the author captures both Sullivan's emotional dependence and Will's compassion. Will's relationship with Sal is frequently fortified by such psychological insights. Their mutual awareness gives the couple a convincing weight as well as engaging the reader's sympathy and deepening the narrative tension. By this stage, what started as a sumptuous historical with its brilliantly atmospheric depiction of Georgian London's Stygian gloom, has developed into a profound journey of self discovery. * * Independent on Sunday * * Ambitious new novel... Grenville's skill is to turn what could have been too obviously a representative moral fable into a rich novel of character. * * Sunday Telegraph * * We have had to wait five years for The Secret River but the wait has been worth it....Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing. * * The Times * *

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"Fabulous historical fiction." (The Australian)

"One of the most entertaining, accomplished, engaging novels written in this country." (The Courier Mail)

"The Secret River is a powerful, highly credible account of how a limited man of good instincts becomes involved in enormity and atrocity. It is, at one remove, a sane and moving allegory of Australian development. It has quiet drama and drama of the hectic ghastly breakneck kind. It would make a fine film.It has the subtlety of being a sort of Swiss Family Robinson saga about the Australian dream. In historical terms it dramatises the settler's dream and it all but climaxes in its representation of the Australian nightmare. Then there is calm and sadness and the colour drained from the dream. The Secret River is a historical novel, full of contemporary insight and it is also a subtle expression in fictional terms of the myth of collective guilt for the fate of the Aborigines. It is to Kate Grenville's credit that she never surrenders her sense of the individual faces she captures as she tells this story. I suspect a lot of readers are going to find this book both subtle and satisfying." (The Age)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1449 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing (1 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054W4LCW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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