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Beneath Pale Water

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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand's southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals - a sculptor, a vagrant and a model - who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous t ...more
ebook, 248 pages
Published October 26th 2017 by Cloud Ink Press Ltd (first published 2017)
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Heena Rathore P.
Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry is a wonderfully written book rich with descriptions of places that authors take us through one-by-one via her skillfully created characters. I enjoyed this book and felt that it was very different from the other, modern contemporary, genre fiction.

This book had a great story, good characterization, simple yet effective writing and a beautiful atmosphere which enveloped it from starting to end. Equal parts philosophical and entertaining, this book was uniquely
Pallavi Sareen
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Realistic Fiction, it is not a genre most people are familiar with and for those who hope to find an escape in this book, this book will be a disappointment. It very aptly depicts the modern urban life and the feelings of modern day characters, but that is not always a happy sight, though it is the most realistic. As I began reading this book, I was lost by the amazing prose and writing style. I knew that this book, no matter the plot would be a good read because the writing would save the day. ...more
Stan Dunn
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a story of the interrelationships between three people: A sculptor Delia (who has lost her partner Ben), her model Jane (who knows Luke from when they were young) and a loner Luke (who resembles Ben). There is a story between each pair that in itself would be interesting enough to read, but Henry has crafted a book where three psychologically complex relationships are intertwined. As I read the book, and especially as I got closer to the end, I was constantly surprised at how the de ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-zealand, c21st
The winter landscape at Aviemore was a different character to the ones Delia had met in summer and autumn. The thin blanket of snow blended with a white sky, rendering outlines indistinguishable. Ice crunched beneath her boots, spreading cracks and shards. The seconds, leading into minutes, were excruciating. Her fingers had become numb, and her nails, when she pressed against them, didn’t spring back with colour. She no longer welcomed the cold.
Her body stiff, she walked towards the lake, remin
Frances Wilson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Zealanders
Although, a good story line, I think it moved very quick and felt a little rushed. Additionally, although the descriptions of the locations were supposed to be a highlight, not enough time was spent on them to truly immerse the reader. In saying that though, I think as a reader it is really important to actively read those setting descriptions thinking about the psychological context they refer to, to gain full access to the ideas of the book, which I don't think I did. It was nice, as a New Zea ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nz-literature, own-it
Beautifully evocative of coastal and central Otago. As you read, the colours become a part of your world, the air becomes static, you are transported to the small towns, to Lake Aviemore, to the greyness of Dunedin and the cage of the psychiatric ward.

A love story that reveals the ache of betrayal and the equal ache of needing to escape. The pain and love that comes with family. Thalia Henry is a brilliant writer who is surely only beginning to fill the world with her stories.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting read with a melancholy, slightly romantic and slightly crazed rhythm.

Memorable characters with lives almost too real to be fiction. A satisfying story I would recommend to others.

I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.
Dione Jones
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful description of New Zealand South Island. The atmosphere pervades the whole story.
Taranjeet Kaur
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once you start you are so engrossed in the descriptions and characters that you would not know when it ends.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly addictive reading.
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