Set among the Pacific islands and in the Indian Ocean, The Persimmon Tree tells the very personal and often romantic stories of men and women caught up in larger events - in this case starting with the Japanese invasion of Java and the Dutch exodus of the region.
The story spans from 1942 and the fall of Singapore and the American landings at Guadalcanal to the ongoing fight against the Japanese for supremacy in the region.
The story follows the fortunes of a colourful cast of characters, in particular young Nicholas Duncan ('the butterfly collector') and his sweetheart, the Eurasian/Dutch girl, Anna Van Heerden.
Following Nicholas and Anna through dangerous and exciting times, the story concludes some fifty years later, when the dynamics of the Pacific region have changed forever.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 848 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/12/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780143007005
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Review by irunsjh
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.
Review by dannN
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.