- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 848 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
- Publication Date: 05/06/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780143004561
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Review by crashmyparty
Bryce Courtenay never ceases to impress me with his wonderful storytelling skills. The plot, while slow in some parts, was riveting and by the last three hundred or so pages I was turning those pages as fast as I could. The characters were beautifully crafted and developed over the novel, and I am curious to know how much is indeed fact and how much is fiction. I would have liked to know what happened to the secondary characters such as Bob Marley and Sparrer Fart, but I could understand when they were no longer necessary to the plot. I look forward to getting my hands on the next two books of the trilogy.
Review by kellifrobinson
This was a fantastic homage to Dickens and captivating historical fiction. Most of us know of Australia's penal colony history but this book brings that history to life. The characters are memorable, imperfect and quirky. The story carries you along through the ups, the downs, the twists, the turns, the triumphs and the struggles of these wonderful characters. There are at least two scenes deeply imbedded in my psyche just as the horse beating scene in Crime and Punishment will be with me forever. That means that this book will not soon be forgotten - if ever - and I look forward to the second book in this trilogy.