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As the Earth Turns Silver
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February 1, 2012
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March 31, 2012
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February/March NZ Challenge - Written by a NZer and set in NZ

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What Members Thought

Kathleen Dixon
It's hard not to feel ashamed of one's ancestors when our racist past is laid bare. My mother's paternal family were Wellington residents a century ago and I don't imagine they were any different to the majority of white New Zealanders of the time. But if I were to feel shame, then I'd hope that every single person in the world would also feel shame for his and her ancestors, because nobody has been exempt. So I push those feelings aside (with a little note to self to make sure I continue to sta...more
This book was an enjoyable read but failed to move me particularly. Considering the themes of the story – oppression and racism being the main two – the story could have caused some deep emotional stirrings but this didn’t happen for me.

Set at the turn of the last century, in Wellington, NZ, in the lead up to World War One, there are several key themes at play. And interestingly the story is not narrated from one perspective – the narrative is 3rd person the entire time, and told from the perspe...more
I read this as part of a read-along in the Book Loving Kiwis group. It is perhaps not something I would have picked out for myself, but a novel that I very much enjoyed.

The author's ancestors were early Chinese settlers in New Zealand, and while the book is a work of fiction, she has obviously done quite a bit of research about the time period (1905-1920)in order to recapture the atmosphere of a pre-WW1 Wellington. Very evocative of the time period - from the descriptions of the clothing, the li...more
This is a lovely story, despite all of its tragedy and heartache. A love story set in Wellington during the early 20th century between a Chinaman and an English women.
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