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The Secret River by Kate Grenville
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Jan 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, multi-cultural, travel, australia
Recommended for: Lynne & Chrissie
Read from September 25 to October 02, 2010

The Secret River works on several levels. As a history of Australia and the white man's interaction with the native population, it provides the reader with an intelligent and heartbreaking protrait of the clash of cultures. As a novel, Grenville weaves a compelling story of one man's road from abject poverty in eighteenth century London to prison and his eventual sentence to the then newly settled New South Wales. As a glimpse of the raw beauty of Australia and one man's desire for something to call his own, this book is unmatched.
The Secret River was inspired by research into the author's own family history.
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