The Persimmon Tree, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The persimmon tree is a symbol of life, a heartwood that will outlast everything man can make...It is 1942 in the Dutch East Indies, and Nick Duncan is a young Australian butterfly collector in search of a single exotic butterfly.

With invading Japanese forces coming closer by the day, Nick falls in love with the intoxicating Anna van Heerden.

Their time together is brief, as both are forced into separate, dangerous escapes.

They plan to reunite and marry in Australia but it is several years before their paths cross again, scarred forever by the dark events of a long, cruel war.

In The Persimmon Tree, Bryce Courtenay gives us a story of love and friendship set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific during the Second World War. 'The Persimmon Tree is a sprawling wartime romance ...You won't be disappointed by the generosity of his imagination.' The Age 'You can't keep a good story down when it's flowing from the pen of Bryce Courtenay.' Sunday Times




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This was a pretty good book. On par with other works by this author. I liked the characters that he creates, they are very believable, if sometimes jump into things to easily. I think Anna is one of these characters, she just seems to take whatever is thrown her way, good or bad. To me I think someone like her would do more then she does in the book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel to this book, and seeing how the characters grow.

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Bryce Courtenay became one of my favourite authors after I read his first novel "The Power of One", but I must confess that I went off him after reading "Tandia'.I am delighted to say that "The Persimmon Tree" has really put him back on my bookshelf!. The Persimmon Tree is a love story with lots of action (?) thrown in. The characters are plausible except for Nicholas who, at the age of 17, is so capable of doing anything and everything that he is a superhero!I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even at my second reading of it.

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