Solomon's Song: The Potato Factory Trilogy Bk 3

Solomon's Song: The Potato Factory Trilogy Bk 3

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When Mary Abacus dies, she leaves her business empire in the hands of the warring Solomon family. Hawk Solomon is determined to bring together both sides of the tribe - but it is the new generation who must fight to change the future. Solomons are pitted against Solomons as the families are locked in a bitter struggle that crosses battlefields and continents to reach a powerful conclusion. SOLOMON'S SONG is a novel of courage and betrayal in which Bryce Courtenay tells the story of Australia's journey to more

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  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 106 x 180 x 44mm | 381.02g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0140271570
  • 9780140271577

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Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa but has spent the greater part of his adult life in Australia. THE POWER OF ONE and its sequel TANDIA were international bestsellers. He lives in more

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This book starts eerily, with the discovery by shipping telegraph operator of a headless, decomposing body that has washed in from the sea. It appears to be the body of Tommo Solomon, a young Maori scoundrel: it has his amulet around its ragged neck. Tommo's mother Mary and twin brother Hawk are called in to identify the body. Yes, it's Tommo, they say. Or is it? This novel is the last in a trilogy, following The Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk. Set in Australia, the trilogy tells the story of three generations of two branches of the Solomon family, and of the hatred that develops between them. This concluding part of the trilogy opens in Sydney in 1861 with the discovery of the headless corpse. Courtenay has a gift for making the reader shudder at his peculiarly nasty descriptions. Paddy Doyle, the operator who has discovered the body, tells us: 'As the fingers unlock open there is no sign of blood oozing from the fissures the nails have made. Each finger now wears a hooked talon with the finger pads puckered and raised from the immersion in sea water, so that the skin surface seems to be covered by nests of tiny white worms. The author's gift for dialogue seems slightly less assured. Tommo (for he is in fact alive) recounts his tale of murder to his twin Hawk in an accent which appears more Yorkshire than Maori. True, Courtenay has set his story in Victorian times, but this language in particular doesn't seem to fit with the scene. The book also suffers from an excess of sentmentality at times. However, this aside it's a cracking good yarn. 'It is the story of my country from the beginning until we came of age as a nation', writes Courtenay in his introduction. 'To write this book, I visited Gallipoli and came away deeply saddened by the terrible waste of our young blood. We could never be quite the same again.' (Kirkus UK)show more

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