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White Thorn by Bryce Courtney

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AuthorBryce Courtney
TitleWhite Thorn
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Submitted by Ken Atkinson 
(Jul 27, 2010)

Quite possibly the most enjoyable read I have experienced! Bryce Courtenay has a wonderful knack of capturing the essence of differing cultures and sub cultures. He weaves a beautiful tapestry of Sth African life and his characters wear their respective cultures like a snuggly fitting coat. The interractions are wonderfully crafted and are spot on the mark. He has also captured the quirky sense of humour of Sth Africa's people. A great read and highly recommended.

Submitted by Anonymous 
(Jun 17, 2006)

A slow start, but a captivating tale, wonderfully crafted, involving all emotions. Particulary enjoyed the Mau Mau section.
Bryce's comparison between the brutal Africaner and the white colonials of Kenya was a very disturbing piece. What remains for history to judge, is however what is left of the quality of life for most African countries where self rule prevails.
Finally, a brilliant finish. What more can one ask.

Submitted by Brian 
(Jan 10, 2006)

This is the first Bryce Courtney book that I have read and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. His almost magical use of language drags you into his world and sends on a rollercoaster of emotions. Courtney has a way of forcing you to expand your mind and by the end of the novel you feel as though you can actually understand basic Afrikaans. The subtlety and nuances of the characters, combined with the extraordinarily imaginative backstories make this an incredible read. Like his other novels, White Thorn really tugs on your heartstrings. A must for any fans of Africa.

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