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Rose Tremain has long been one of the most vigorous and imaginative of novelists; her sweeping narratives (set against the most vividly realised of canvases) have made her books as dramatic and assured as anything being written today. The Colour represents a further burnishing of her considerable talents; it is a powerful drama of greed and aspiration set in the New Zealand Gold Rush of the mid-19th Century.
Tremain's protagonists are Harriet and Joseph Baxter, who (along with Joseph's mother) leave England for the promise of the new world that New Zealand represents. Needless to say, their relocation comes with many attendant (and nigh-insoluble) problems. But their struggle against the land continues apace until Joseph discovers gold in a nearby creek and ill-advisedly conceals the find from his mother and his wife. Gold fever takes an all-consuming grip upon him, and he leaves the family-owned farm to traverse the gold fields of the Southern Alps. There he will find a strange fate: one that affects those he has left behind as well as him.
As a study of human nature in extremis, this could well be Tremain’s most impressive book. Lacking the elegant stylishness of Restoration, The Colour grants us a fastidiously rendered picture of life lived at the sharp edge. And while her characters are confronted with terrifying decisions that few of us are ever likely to encounter, Tremain’s narrative gifts make it easy to identify with the decisions (both wise and catastrophic) that her characters take. The sense of period is forcefully conveyed, and while this is not as ingratiating a read as such earlier Tremain books as The Swimming Pool Season, her new level of ambition makes it perhaps the author’s most important book yet. --Barry ForshawReview:
"Tremain is a magnificent storyteller with an enormous story to tell" (Independent on Sunday)
"This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in England" (Daily Telegraph)
"Tremain has produced her own wondrous piece of gold" (Scotsman)
"A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying" (Independent)
"This is a beautifully crafted book - at once a gripping adventure story and a compelling portrayal of human emotion at its bravest and its most vulnerable" (Economist)
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Book Description Chatto And Windus, London, 2003. Paperback. Condition: Fine. Reprint. 368 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. This Is A Gripping Drama Of Sacrifice And Greed Set During The Mid-nineteenth Century Gold Rush In New Zealand. Seller Inventory # 078418
Book Description Chatto And Windus, London, 2003. Paperback. Condition: Fine. Reprint. 368 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. This Is A Gripping Drama Of Sacrifice And Greed Set During The Mid-nineteenth Century Gold Rush In New Zealand. Seller Inventory # 082706
Book Description Chatto & Windus, UK, 2003. Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 368 pages. oseph and Harriet Blackstone, along with Joseph's mother Lillian, emigrate to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity in the mid-19th century gold rush. This novel tells the story of their quest for the impossible and their attempts to mine the complexities of love. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die; ISBN: 0701174307. ISBN/EAN: 9780701174309. Inventory No: 13010113. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Seller Inventory # 13010113
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