The Colour: A Novel
From the critically-acclaimed historical novelist Rose Tremain comes the The Colour
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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In the mid-19th century, New Zealand's population of outsiders is swelled by dreamers and gamblers who willingly cross oceans in hopes of gaining a fortune from the country's newly discovered gold ... Read full review
Fantatstic book ...I know the area of Okuku ..I live about half hours drive from there and we used to go camping there years ago, so I could so relate to the story...Then when they are on the West Coast at Kokatahi, again I knew the area well as I have friends who farmed there, so it was great to be able to visualise the whole scene. I did cry when Lady dies as I have a strong fondness for Border Collies...
But this is a fascinating story , even with the couple of anomolies, which most wouldnt even know about, I just knew of because of knowing the area, it was a well researched and put together story...
A great read...
BTW I did have a laugh when it described a building falling down in Christchurch because of the hot weather ..most buildings in the CBD have fallen or are coming down because of all the earthquakes we have had in the last 18 months....quite ironic really .. :-(