The Colour: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
133 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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Great slow burner with some lovely descriptive prose. - Goodreads
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There was also an unexpected ending, quite nice. - Goodreads
Yet very different too: setting, character, plot. - Goodreads
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Great descriptive writing, but -- oh well. - Goodreads

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A great historical fiction set in New Zealand, about settlers and gold prospecting, centered on the adventures of a woman. Read full review

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Contents

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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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