A Novel of Africa

Audiobook CD - 2005 | Complete & unabridged
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In this sweeping novel of Africa, in all its power, beauty and savagery, Bryce Courtenay captures the life of a child and the life of a nation. Whitethorn is a book about tragedy and joy, about love and hatred, and about a boy called Tom who will not rest until justice is done.
Publisher: Melbourne, Australia : Bolinda Audio, [2005]
Edition: Complete & unabridged
ISBN: 9781742140209
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 20 audio discs (approximately 25 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Bower, Humphrey
Alternative Title: White thorn


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Sep 01, 2013

I'm a big fan of Bryce Courtenay's stories. They are full of warm and wonderful people. His descriptions of the land and settings almost puts me there. I would highly recommend many of his works.
But, his Africa books go beyond the storyline. They show the love this man has for his country, his deep understanding of its problems, beauty, flaws and the love he has for the people of Africa. It's this aspect that he brings to the story, without any blubbering or emotionalism, that pushes his Africa books onto a level of their own. This book is no exception. Throughout is Courtenay's deep understanding and love for Africa; his acceptance for the good, bad and ugly and his belief that the ugly can be changed for the better. Through him, I get a feel for the land and its people without ever having been there.
In the story of Tom Fitzsaxby, Courtenay examines Africa and the three groups of people who inhabit it (Africaaners, English, Native), the prejudices, cruelties, friendships and loyalties they share. The story in itself is a warm, and yet sometimes horrid, story of growing up in a land that labels one for the origins of one's birth, for the colour of one's skin. Yet despite these uglier aspects, the story is warm and interesting and, above all, hopeful for a future Africa that is strong and equal for all.
Courtenay loves his country and has high hopes that it will become the best that it can be. Through his hope, maybe we can look at our own countries and their Uglies and envision that with some understanding of underlying issues mankind can one day eliminate them all (the Uglies, that is).

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