I had never read a Bryce Courtenay book before but I will definatley read another one of his now.
This is the story of a little boy who is only 5. He does some pretty amazing things for a 5 year old and seems older than his years. He attends a boarding school. He travels around virtually alone a lot more than I would let any of my children do at that age. Although I have never been a fan of boxing it was an interesting story of how this little boy wanted to and went along way to succeeding in his dream of boxing.
I got this book excitingly thinking it was a sequel to one I read last year. It wasnt. Although this was the sequel to another book it was very readable by itself.
It is in mostly diary form. It tells the story of a Jewish girl just after the war. It covers the first year of her life at a girls boarding school. As one would expect (having lived though very hard and rough times) she occasionally has flashbacks to has happened to her through the war. The story tells of her struggle to fit in, eventually leading to acceptance and new friendships.
I liked the fact that when she sees others being mistreated she quickly steps in. Giving little regard to her own safety. She stands up and faces the bully and eventually the bully is expelled from school.
I really liked this book. If this writer wrote another book about his travels I would read it. In an essence this is an account of one families (a New Zealand one at that) adventures when they leave New Zealand and travel around the world to different places. Most of the book centres on an island they find buy and live on. Their children love it. I was sad when it came time for them to live their paradise in the sun however they have a new unexpected arrival on the way. Im hoping that Martin Thomas in time writes another book because I for one will be reading it.
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I have decided to join the 2008 TBR Challenge. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and then saw that another bloggie friends was going to do it.
Here’s what you do:
- Pick 12 books – one for each month of 2008 – that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
- OPTIONAL: Create a list of “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
- Then, starting January 1, 2008, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31, 2008.
I have actually been astounded at how many books I have read this year.
So without further a do heres my list
January – A Slice of Heave: A Family On The Move Martin Thomas
Feburary – The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
March – The Summer Garden – Paullina Simons
April – A book by Karen Kingsbury (I have heard a lot about this writer – If I can get hold of Like Dandelion Dust then I’ll read that if not then to get a taste for this writer Ill read the Kingsbury Collection -Three Novels in One
May – Lineage of Grace Francine Rivers
June – Letters to Malcolm CS Lewis (couldnt get into it so Ive swapped it for this) God Loves Messy People – Bonnie Keen
July – The Screwtape Letters with Screwtape proposes a Toast CS Lewis
August – The Bridge To Holy Cross – Paullina Simons March –
September – Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
October – Wild Swans Jung Chang (couldnt get into it so Ive swapped it for this)
November – The Red Tent Anita Diamant