Jack of Diamonds

by Bryce Courtenay | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0143188194 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AnonymousFriend of Wantirna South, Victoria Australia on 8/11/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by AnonymousFriend from Wantirna South, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, August 11, 2020
This was the last book written by Bryce Courtenay prior to his passing. It was supposed to be the first of a series with this main character. Unfortunately, he learnt about his prognosis and that he would not survive long enough to write the second instalment. As a result, there is a summary chapter at the end of this book of what was to follow in the series so that some closure could be had to the story.
Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. When he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa - and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.

Journal Entry 2 by AnonymousFriend at Two Doors Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, October 23, 2020

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