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Alice Springs

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Phillipa "Snip" Freeman is an artist and a wanderer, proudly in control of her own world. That is until an envelope arrives, mailed by her grandmother before her death. It contains a check for $30,000 and one simple instruction: Hunt him down. With the note in hand, and with Dave, her handsome traveling companion by her side, Snip embarks on a journey into the Australian o ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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I have a version where the title of this book is called Cleave. I have struggled with some of Gemmell's other work - am still trying to finish The Book of Rapture - but this got me hooked and I finished it in a day. At last I found another of her books that sets the foundations of the haunting poetry that she achieved in The Bride Stripped Bare. She makes you a little uncomfortable at times but I think the risks she takes pay off - her prose can be coarse and exquisite in equal measures. Made me ...more
Paula Dembeck
Phillip “Snip” Freeman is a 30 year old artist and a wanderer, tough and in control of her world. She is also the product of a broken home. A bequest from her grandmother sends her across Australia in search of her wayward father Bud, who has been estranged from the family for twenty years.

Snip advertises for a travelling companion and meets Dave a geologist, who makes her aware of her rootlessness and challenges her lifestyle. She unwillingly falls in love with him, but her independent streak l
I am not a Nikki Gemmell newbie. I first discovered her a few years ago when I stumbled across her book The Bride Stripped Bare. I liked that book enough to track down more of Gemmell’s work. Cleave is the third novel I’ve read by her.

Cleave is the story of Snip Freeman, a 30 year old Australian artist. The novel opens with Snip making a long journey from Sydney to Alice Springs in Central Australia. Snip’s grandmother has died and left Snip enough money to buy an ute (which I gather is the Aust
Chris Cousins
Great descriptions of the Australian outback and Aboriginal life.
I liked this book because it has 2 things I like in a book: location in a foreign culture (Australia and Aborigines) and analyzing of people's personality problems (Snip's inability to trust people, her father's selfishness). It was a good, easy read.
This book fell well short of her previous novel 'Shiver'.
I think that for me, this book highlighted that I require more than one storyline to be running in a book. This was so very one dimensional in that sense.
It was surprising to learn Snip's age, as at first I thought she was in her late teens.
I was also very let down with the ending.
This book was painful to read, but I hate not finishing a book so I made myself slog through it. I chose to read it after enjoying The Bride Stripped Bare, but found few similarities. The characters were all unlikeable and selfish, the content was extremely dull and I did not really care what happened to any of them. Very disappointing.
I just couldn't get into this book. There would be a few pages where I thought I'd finally connected and was interested, and then it would be gone for way too long. I couldn't identify with Snip and the author's writing style wasn't my cup of tea.
Ann Warner
There's some wonderful writing in this book and Snip is a compelling character. However, by the end, I felt the insight into Snip was beginning to feel repetitious. Still, I enjoyed the book and the Australian setting.
Unlike Ben Guterson I don't think Gemmell went on too much about Snip's 'desperado ruthlesness'. If you're alone for long enough, sometimes you cope in the manner described and it is a big part of you.
Gemmell's characters are rough and real. None have their life figured out, but that is the beauty of the book: the constant realizing and rediscovering of the self, no matter the age.
Excellent story of the blossoming of a REAL woman. Interesting intro to Australian culture - white and aboriginal. Very quotable.
Eased me into Aussie slang on the way down from Phnom Penh. My third consecutive book dealing with starvation.
This book is a fictional story about an amazing journey of the characters. All about what love really is.
I didn't like this book and couldn't finish it.
Good but not anywhere near as good a s Shiver.
Original English title : Cleave
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boring. i gave up.
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Nikki Gemmell has written four novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book Of Rapture, and one non-fiction book, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart. Her work has been internationally critically acclaimed and translated into many languages.

In France she's been described as a female Jack Kerouac, in Australia as one of the most original and engaging authors of her generati
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