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The Story Of A New Zealand River

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Alice Roland, together with her children, boxes, mattresses and piano, is punted up river to the 'appalling isolation' of their new home, 'a small house against a splendid wall of bush' in the kauri forest at Pukekaroro. She is joining her husband there, a reunion that is far from warm, but this remote place is to mark Alice's long and steady growth towards shared love, a ...more
318 pages
Published (first published 1920)
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Cal Sullivan
Feb 08, 2016 Cal Sullivan rated it liked it
This book is a New Zealand classic that is suggested that the film The Piano is based on. There is very ,very little that could be taken from this book to suggest that there is any relation to the characters in either ,just a passing resemblance . That said this is a lovely book detailing the landscape of rural New Zealand in Victorian times and the remoteness and isolation of that environment in relation to relationships and geography . The book has been reproduced by a company who specialises ...more
Sep 08, 2010 Isabelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Je ne sais pas si c'est la traduction, mais j'ai trouvé l'écriture curieusement hachée, les mots venus de n'importe où, comme si plusieurs périodes y étaient passées à la moulinette.
Le personnage d'Alice, la mère, personnage central du roman, est assez exaspérant.
C'est une belle histoire mais un bouquin bizarre !
Ca m'a donné envie de voir "La leçon de piano", qui est le film que Jane Campion a tiré de ce roman.
Tom Chignell
Feb 05, 2016 Tom Chignell rated it really liked it
A wonderful tale of early post settlement life in New Zealand. Such rich language and detailed portrayals of the main characters. A real insight into the harshness of life experienced by these colonial adventurers.

David Bruce is a little too good to be true - perhaps the invention of a female mind?
some beautiful passages about NZ's natural habitat and a good insight into the kauri history in NZ but a difficult read - long, a bit depressing esp the main character Alice.
Jan 01, 2010 Francie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book by a NZ writer who writes in a setting in NZ's far north during the early settlement of the country.
Jun 04, 2008 Cazna rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book for its history and even though it is a little bit of a romance it is enticing and toatlly enjoyable. I am proud to own this book.
Aug 12, 2013 Sabine rated it really liked it
Weeeeeell, that was sad. And not so sad. And sad again. And stuff.
The writing is beautiful, though, so that's enough for me.
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