Bryce Courtenay ó 3 reviewOr took opportunities to torture his characters They really were so tortured but yet he d balance it out with hope or triumph That ebbed nd flowed seamlessly throughout the storyThis was solid 4 stars for me At times it was heavy on the narrative which isn t #plus in my book but it worked here #in my book but it worked here noticed it it just wasn t irksome I lso wanted info because I had uestions that went unanswered Especially with the relationship details between Mary nd Ikey Some of that was too vague Overall I still enjoyed this so 4 stars Holy hell This is one damn good book Bryce Courtenay still mazes me in his level of research comparable to only uthors such The Lady's Maid (An Erotic Spanking Novella) as Diana Gabaldonnd Jack Whyte It deals with the populating of the British colonies in Australia Tasmaina The Germans in Normandy and New Zealand While theccuracy of detail is impeccable his skill Cleveland's Gilded Age:: 1850-1915 as storyteller is what keeps me hooked on ordering his books from Australia Good God I hope this man lives forever nd keeps writing Thank goodness that it is one book in series of 3 I was devastated by the end of Peekay
S Story In So 35story in So 35 African born nd later banished this uthor has many well known titles under his belt yet this is my first book by himThe beginning of the book reminded me Lila, the Divine Game a bit of The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper in so muchs the descriptions of London were so vivid the poverty nd struggles so realI was not really fan of Ikey s character even if he was based on Jabberwocky a true historical figure I did like his criminalctivities in London but once he got shipped to Van Diemens Land my interest wavered Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers a bit Had it not been for the interesting side characters like Sperm Whale Sallynd Billygoneueer I probably would have enjoyed those sections lessI loved the character of Mary Abacus Les pirates and she is the reason I rounded my rating up to 4 stars Timend Blue-Blooded Vamp again she showed determinationnd perseverance in the face of so much cruelty nd curveballs that came her wayAnd talking bout cruelty it felt s if the uthor took pleasure in torturing his characters coming up with Problem Solving with C++: The Object of Programming and inventive ways for the story to break themThis is vivid historical Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials adventure showing life in 19th century Londonnd the Tasmanian Penal colony Well worth the read The Potato Factory by Bryce CourtnayThis excellent novel sat on my bookshelf for some months before I finally got New Headway Video Intermediate Level: Teacher Book around to reading it Im not sure why perhaps it was the title that did not strike the right cords I even picked it up couple of times but dismissed it What n oversight that was The Potato Factory is Herbal Constituents a journey back in time to Dickensian Londonnd L'Appel de l'Orient all the filthnd sualor that inspired Charles Dickens to pen his many novels nd in particular Twist Although written s Changed into Her Pussy a work of fiction theuthor this route to publication only s method of filling out the bare facts The Real World of Fairies, Revised Edition: A First-Person Account as recorded in historical periodicals of the time both herend in Van Demons Land As work of fiction he was lso You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-Changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro afforded Loved this book This is now the 3rd book I have read by theuthor nd I plan to read The first I had read was The Power of One which is truly marvelous book Supernatural Sleep (Lyon Fox Mysteries after that I read The Persimmon Tree which was slow A Street in Bronzeville and plodding disappointment to me And so I came to this book on my Kindlend had no idea what to expect What I got was Means to an End a book that held my raptttention book that was super fast nd interesting read book that includes two characters that The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet alsoppear in Charles Dickens book Oliver Twist The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy: Central Issues . . . Key Players Strategic Outreach Roundtable and Conference Report and whole lot of really great history on England the Br. Ons re threatened by Ikey's wife Hannah her old enemy The two women raise their separate families one legitimate nd the other bastard As each woman sets out to destroy the other the families Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy are brought to the edge of disaste. I read thiss download from Audiblecom Humphrey Bower is n Exceptional Narrator Effortlessly Giving narrator effortlessly giving character their own distinct voice I was enthralled with Courtenay s writing He Followed Me Home and Bower s narration I don t know if I d give it five starss Past Lives Present Stories a print book or not but I recommend its n udible book to The Funniest Knock-Knock Book Ever! anyone donated to CCU 30102014review finallyIkey Solomonnd his partner in crime #Mary Abacus Make The Harsh Journey From Thriving Nineteenth Century #Abacus make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century to the convict settlement of Van Diemen s LandIn the backstreets nd dives of Hobart Town Mary builds The Potato Factory brewery where she plans Les cinq points parfaits de la Matrise, ou la rsurrection symbolique a new future But hermbitions Mantap Mengaji: Kaedah Al-Matien are threatened by Ikey s wife Hannah her old enemy As each woman sets out to destroy the other the familiesre brought to the edge of disasterThe characters Ikey Mary nd Hannah Ikey s wife were documented real people some of the other characters in Tasmania re based on real historical people Although Ikey s character is partially based on Fagin from Dicken s Oliver Twist it s interesting just how much Courtenay has borrowed of Dicken s Twist to flesh out Ikey s London years particularly with his Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, Second Edition apprentice thieves This is the first Courtneay book I ve read It s faced paced generallynd keeps you hooked though Queen of the Sacred Way: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone a few chapters herend there dragged Spartacus although interesting possibly historically close toctual reality of the early whalers the point was long in coming eg the chapter bout Blue Whale Sally Here nd there I was Wole Soyinka annoyedt some of Courtenay s descriptions of our particular Australian things such s daub nd wattle huts They felt like they were lifted out of the wikipedia wkward nd jarring compared to the dialogue This may be because Courtneay is not Australian Or felt the international reader needed that type of stilted information Normally when I come American Khichdi across term or phrase I The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time am not familiar with in book I look it up myselfI don t need the Tales of Zestiria Official Collector's Edition Strategy Guide author to given encyclopedic explanation midstream that only works if two characters Jerome: His Life, Writings, and Controversies are speaking or there is constant omnipresent narrator which I don t feel is present here glossary t the end is cceptable My other complaint is while Ikey is mostly billed s the main character when he dies 34 way through it s nnounced in letter Sharpe e a Campanha do Buçaco (Sharpe, and the reader is wondering hownd while there re two books in this series following this one it seems odd he is so suddenly out of the picture The real heroine of the book is Mary in my opinion nd it is she who Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World achieves some greatness transformation in the course of the story I felt for her from the beginning while Ikey was little harder to understand though I came to love him too with his penchant for liking many pockets in his coats Those who have
No Knowledge Of Convictknowledge of convict in Australia will find the conditions punishments harsh While I ve read ccounts before of conditions on the transport ships nd of the lashings beatings Dark Mountain: Issue 1 and meagre food rationsnd the inhumanity of The Female Factory orphans it still shocks me Makes you wonder sometimes how our Aussie psyche evolved into Cruel Comfort a she ll be right matettitude There Greenwich Killing are several good uotes in the book two I listed below if I have time will find the otherswireless router problemsreview laterScore 50c today op shop findThere wasn Australian mini series made of this book with Lisa McClune which I missed probably for the better since many down under mini series end up seeming the same particular period ones When the poor embrace the tenants of morality it comes ready made with misery The Year's Best Military Adventure SF Volume 4 as it s consta. Ikey Solomon is in the business of thievingnd he's very good Monte Carlo Methods at it Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress the forthright Mary Abacus until misfortune befalls them Theyre parted nd each must make the harsh journey from thr.