by Bryce Courtenay | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1552786536 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 11/11/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 11, 2007
Book Description
From Bryce Courtenay comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany. Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 27, 2007
Another fantastic book by Bryce Courtenay. Six year old Tom Fitzsaxby finds a dog barely alive and saves it. Tom lives at the Boy's Farm, an orphanage in Northern South Africa. This part of SA is very Boer and vehemently anti-English. Tom befriends the 'pig boy' who is a Zulu. The dog if found will be drowned. Tom is almost sexually abused to keep his dog a secret. The Zulu is the person who saves him but he later pays with his life.

The story is about Tom's life as an outsider and a non-racist. First the school is rife with abuse and Tom is the focal point for the hatred for the English. Courtenay portrays South Africa from WW II to about the 1960s. The story is riveting but the history is equally interesting. Tom is an intelligent compassionate young man who only wants justice.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, January 30, 2008
mailed today to Bluecat

Journal Entry 4 by bluecat07 from Karben, Hessen Germany on Thursday, March 13, 2008
It arrived today safe and sound. Thanks Ace! Looks good!

Journal Entry 5 by wingolagoriewing from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Saturday, May 08, 2010
I received this book today as a RABCK from bluecat07 as she needs more space for her new baby. Thanks a lot!

This book will travel again soon.

Journal Entry 6 by wingolagoriewing at Oberursel, Hessen Germany on Friday, July 09, 2010

I will take this book with me to romantic Würzburg in Bavaria to release it in the Babelfish Hostel.

Released 9 yrs ago (7/10/2010 UTC) at Babelfish Backpacker Hostel, Haugerring 2 in Würzburg, Bayern Germany


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