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The Water Diviner

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  78 reviews
When the Great War ends, Joshua Connor, a grieving farmer and sometime water diviner from the Mallee in Victoria, sets out to fulfil his wife's dying wish - to travel to Gallipoli to recover the bodies of his three sons and bury them in consecrated ground. Crescent collides with cross, and hope with reason as he discovers that his eldest son, Art, may still be alive. When ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Pan Australia (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, touching story with a different perspective on the sad events at Gallipoli. Well written and i can't wait to see the movie if it's true to the book.
Brenna Heagney
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I read somewhere that this novel was written after the script for the movie was developed I noticed the writing style definitely reflected an actual script, mostly the dialogue between characters, of which there isn't much. And what dialogue there was was kinda wooden at times. In fact even the internal self talk was wooden.
Still, I love a good story and that sums up the plot pretty well. It's a good story.
The novel found its beginnings from a brief (but true!) diary entry written by a Bri
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although I haven't seen the movie, I knew I'd want to read the book. It is based off the screenplay and can sound a little odd at times, but the essential story is good and I enjoyed it. I think I will watch it now, just to see what was changed because I asked my mother and she couldn't remember anything I asked.

An emotional story, but I guessed as much. My reviews are so short at the moment because I'm on holidays with just my tablet, longer reviews soon!
Eslam Mohammed
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Based upon the movie,coz i have no reach to the novel

The grieving father,his wife desperate wish,all of his three sons went to war,no one came back,and the parents world day by day fell apart...

He embarked on his apparently futile journey,to find their ashes and bring them back to be buried beside their mother...

The noble mission mingled with the hardships of going through anew,strange land and people

and at the end of the tunnel love awaits for his true,sincere seekers

a nice novel on the whole..
What a pleasure to revisit the sights and sounds of my 2012 journey to Turkey through this marvellous novel - it is a grand, touching and uplifting story. Well done to the authors who fashioned the story of Connor and his boys from the original screenplay.
Tony Nielsen
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Joshua O'Connor is a an Australian farmer, always struggling in the brutal climate that besets the land on which he makes his living. The year is 1914 and Joshua's three sons enlist for the Australian forces to fight for the Empire a whole away. Henry, Ed and Art leave Joshua and their mother Eliza and before they know it they are on the beaches of Gallipoli fighting for their lives. Back home in Mallee Eliza receives the devastating news that her three sons are missing in action in action. Befo ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read somewhere that the book was written after the movie? I wonder if that is correct. I really liked the pace of the book and for me it was almost a page turner. I also believe is was take from a true life event. It is a period that interests me. The first world war was a very idealistic war and one that very many of Australians young men entered full of enthusiasm. I believe this book humanised the time and gave an understanding of the true tragedies of this w ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lets talk about this book. The audiobook won an Audie Award, so I decided to listen. I had not seen the movie, knew nothing about the book. I started, didn't last long. Started again, lasted even less time. Third time, I was determined to get past the first 20 minutes. At the end, emotionally rung out I could not stop thinking about this book. I researched for days about Gallipoli. I could not believe this story from WWI that I knew nothing about. What a wonderful telling of such a horrific even ...more
A. Gulden
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel, I mean the actual book, tells the complete story of The Water Diviner and is based on the original screenplay by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight but the book is written by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios. It is usually done the other way around. Anyhow, it’s inspired by true events found within personal accounts and official records from the First World War.

A favourite line from the book:

The bone-chillingly cold air is still. Silent.
Fran Caparrelli
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was not originally a book but a movie based on diaries and journals. The screenplay was made into a book. I listened to the audio version and it was really good. Australian actor, Jack Thompson, is the reader and he does an amazing job.
Kirstie Ellen
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Australians, but really anyone.
The Water Diviner
This book is heart-breakingly beautiful. It is the story of a father who, after World War One, goes in search of his sons who fought at Gallipoli and presumably died there. On the heel of his wife's death he promises to find them and bring them home and that's how this book winds it way from the desert like existence of Australia to the chaos of Turkey.

From cheeky Turkish boys to stuck up British soldiers and burly Anzacs this is such an enjoyable story. Released as a novel and
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abbandonato
Inizialmente ho avuto qualche sospetto per l'insolita genesi retrograda del libro che, come si dice nel frontespizio, è "Basato sulla sceneggiatura originale di Andrew Knight e Andrew Anastasios". Di solito avviene il contrario.
Durante la lettura (inizialmente piacevole ed interessante), mi sono via via reso conto che si tratta di un'opera confezionata "con i dosaggi esatti degli esperti" (cit. Pierangelo Bertoli). Il giusto di avventura, esotismo, sesso ecc. calibrato per piacere. Bravi gli aut
Aug 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: filme
Trei, doamne, si toti trei plecati. Doi definitiv.
Barbi  - Books Hunters Blog
Come dice sempre la mia straordinaria socia Jessica "le recensioni sono difficili quando le emozioni ostruiscono in positivo il filtro delle parole". Ecco perché leggendo questo libro mi sento piccola e sconvolta di fronte alla grandezza di certi gesti e degli uomini che li hanno compiuti. Nel bene e nel male. Penso però che anche io ho vissuto qualcosa di grande imbattendomi in queste pagine: mi riferisco alle mie emozioni, e allora vi parlerò di quelle.
In questi giorni è difficile per tutti no
Debra Clewer
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a poignant and evocative story of one man's deep love for his family. Joshua Connor is a hard-working man who has more than his fair share of grief and loss. He also has a strong sense of always trying to do the right thing, even in a clumsy way at times. This beautifully written and engaging story easily helps the reader to strongly identify with the characters: Joshua, who strives to provide for his family, his wife Lizzie who falls into deep depression after receiving news that all 3 ...more
Lisa Weber
Well-written, very well researched, and totally interesting when I honestly thought it wouldn't be. This historical fiction is based on a letter actually found in records from WWII, and and the main character is loosely modeled on the author's grandfather. It is the story of an Australian man whose life has been shattered, first by the loss of his sons in Turkey during WWII, then by tragedy closer to home. A water diviner who has never before left the unforgiving desert of the Australian outback ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book that was mostly set in Turkey. The vivid descriptions of Constantinople and the surrounding area brought back memories of my time spent there (now Istanbul). The strong Turkish coffee, dolma, borek, and Turkish delight made my mouth water. The plot was engaging. It took place in a time of turmoil for Turkey. The war was ruthless. The hard feelings between the Turks and the Greeks still exist today. I enjoyed this taste of history. There are many books about World War II ...more
Dana Humphreys
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started as a 5-star for me. Tense, complex, adventurous and interesting historical information, set in a time and place I know little about, all of which I enjoyed. Good character development as well. But about three-quarters through, it became somewhat bogged down with too much descriptive detail, although the action was still engaging. Unfortunately for me, it closed as a "happily ever after" romance novel with a predictable ending. I prefer edgy books with endings that leave unanswe ...more
Gerald Heath
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The protagonist is an Australian farmer in post WWI Turkey looking for his three missing sons. While the book doesn't immediately dazzle you with action, it turns into a very satisfying piece of historical fiction. While I haven't seen the movie with Russell Crowe, I can understand why he wanted to direct and star in it. While there is some violence, and some sexual content, it was mostly just a very good "historical".
Anni Minassian
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time reading a perverted interpretation of history. How can the brutality of the Turks be depicted as anything but horrifically criminal. Shame on the authors. This is an insult to all the Anzacs, Greeks, Armenians, British and the allies. The authors need to do some serious research.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
It read like the usual Hollywood version of events, hollow, predictable and boring. The characters were so empty I had zero empathy with them. Two stars because anything with Aussies in it gets my vote ;)
Daniel Aidulis
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was really really good. I decided to read this book after watching and enjoying the movie.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Book about an Australian father going to Gallipoli to find the bodies of his sons after the first World War. Interesting depiction of the impact of the war on both Australians and the Turks.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being from New Zealand I thought I knew a lot about the history of the Gallipoli fighting, but obviously only from the ANZAC forces perspective. This book gives a very brutal look at the impact on the Turkish people and one Australian family in the aftermath of WW1. It also made me think about the scale and difficulty of the effort of the Commonwealth Graves Commission. There are some horrific passages in this book, describing events that actually occurred, from both sides. But there is also bea ...more
Benjamin Stahl
I consider myself a proud Australian. I value nationalistic pride and think it gets a bad rap from modern liberals (that is, progressives). I have true respect and appreciation for what Australian soldiers past and present give towards our freedom. With all that, I thought I would love this book. In fact I really didn't. It was boring and kind of lame. There were some cool parts but mostly it floated dead - like the carcass of an Anzac fallen face-down in the muddy earth - through uninspired rom ...more
Bathsheba Turner
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, emotive, visual, visceral.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of redemption, love, heartache, and healing from WWI
Pat Delwiche
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking examination of the terrible aftermath of war. For a book that claimed to not be a war story, fairly graphic.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the movie and the book was just as good
Abi Santer
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bit of a slow start but loved it
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