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Black Water

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"When Farren Fox's father is missing at sea, all Farren wants is for his brother, Danny, to come home from Gallipoli. But when Danny does return from the war, he is vastly changed. And with the arrival of the mysterious child Souki, the sole survivor of a midnight shipwreck, the lives of both Fox brothers are altered forever"--P. [4] of cover.
Paperback, 309 pages
Published 2007 by penguin
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Aug 19, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this, it was slow-moving and thoughtful and really beautifully written. I loved Farren, I liked the way he took such pleasure from simple things and the beauty of the natural world. He saw the best in everyone and found stuff to be positive about even in the face of overwhelmingly awful circumstances. He was an optimist, and I felt a glow of kindred-spirit-ness with him. I wanted to hang out with him and enthuse about the way the sun lit up the squares of different coloured crop ...more
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Jun 30, 2012 Gemma Wiseman rated it really liked it
Swan Island near Queenscliff
Near to the bustling conundrum of life
Yet far enough away to be
But not so indifferent to World War I

Extract from my post on Songlines on the Winds

A book to delight teenage boys! The main characters brothers, Farren and Danny, galumph and thrash through the emotional, physical and mental challenges of living on an island near the mainland. Even the female characters have their wild streak; even the young Souki from Furneaux Island. It's amazing what gifts may
Feb 24, 2014 Mango rated it it was amazing
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This book is slow-moving, gentle and thoughtful, a unique look at the effects of war and PTSD on soldiers and their families. I adored all of the characters, especially Farren and his brother. The story itself has little plot, and is based mostly around the characters, something I found different and refreshing. The subtle care and concern in the blunt conversations between the teenage boys captures the Australian spirit, while the moments of tender affection between brothers brought a tear to m ...more
St Clare's Library
This book is set in World War I.
Sep 11, 2014 ellie rated it it was ok
This started out as a good book but I eventually got more and more bored until it was a chore to finish it...
Aug 16, 2010 Ben rated it did not like it
way too descriptive. dry story. boring setting. bland, monotonous, a thief of my time. DO NOT READ.
stoped reading got bored
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As a child, David Metzenthen was a nature boy; he loved fishing and farm work, exploring the bush, and being outdoors under the stars. He also lived very much inside his own head; feeling that the world was a place of unlimited adventure. He harboured dreams of becoming a cowboy, a fisherman, a farmer, a sailor, or a writer. Instead he left home at eighteen, with a copy of Jack Kerouac's On the Ro ...more
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