The Colour: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
5 Reviews
Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.
  

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User Review  - Elizabeth Sulzby - Goodreads

The Colour pleased my heart and soul. Artistry in every sentence. At first, I thought this was set in the earliest days of English settlements in New Zealand, but it is mid-1850's, with a newly-wed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book more than I did, which is a shame. I thought the story would be better than it was, but it wasn't that compelling and none of the characters were all that interesting. I ... Read full review

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Contents

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II
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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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XIV
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XV
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About the author (2004)

Rose Tremain is the author of nine novels, most recently Music & Silence, and her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She lives in Norfolk, England, with the biographer Richard Holmes.

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