The Story Of Danny Dunn

The Story Of Danny Dunn

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At 18 Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude and luck with the ladies. His parents run The Hero, a favourite local watering hole, and Danny is a local hero. Luck changes for Danny when he signs up to go to war. He returns home a physically broken man, to a life that will be changed forever.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 38mm | 458.13g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143203517
  • 9780143203513
  • 42,479

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An epic from a superlative storyteller * Harper's Bazaar * This book is as much about Australia as it is about the characters Courtenay has created to illustrate the themes of love, family and fate * Daily Telegraph *
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About Bryce Courtenay

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds.Bryce Courtenay AM passed away in November 2012, aged seventy-nine, at his home in Canberra.
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An epic from a superlative storyteller Harper's Bazaar
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Rating details

1,268 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 27% (342)
4 40% (501)
3 25% (311)
2 7% (83)
1 2% (31)

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I purchased this book, as Bryce Courtney's reputation surpasses him. The book outlines the story of the central character of Danny Dunn, although also outlining the story of Danny's parents and subsequently, his children. I couldn't help but feel slightly confused by the end of this novel. Throughout its course, it had changed direction many times. Some issues were explained in scrutinising detail, while other time frames and events were summarised in a sentence or two. It's hard to tell what the author wanted to achieve from Danny Dunn, and it comes across as separate good ideas put together. The novel is worth reading however, for its historical references. From the music revolution led by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, to the Vietnam war, to the introduction of poker (pokie) machines and to the establishment of Sydney's wealthy harbourside suburbs. The author entangles such events easily in the lives of the Dunns. Overall, a good read, although would be better if it weren't so more
by Channellie
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