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The Colour of the Sun

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One hot June afternoon in Durban, South Africa, a child is born. Doctors and nurses marvel because the birth is one of the rarest in the world. The child, Gillian August, is born still shrouded in her amniotic sac. She is a caul baby, and in 1970s South Africa, this heralds greatness.

Or it might have, had August’s caul not been stolen within hours of her birth.

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Paperback, 235 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by E. L. Marker
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Rob Martinelli
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here is a tale of terrible beauty but more than anything, it is a tale of resiliency, determination, strength, and love. It is a compelling story that held my interest as Thorp’s writing is simply beautiful. An incredible piece of work in all that it covers: loss, grief, racism, immigration, alcoholism, sexual intimidation, and above all love. A must read if you have interest in these topics or if you just want a good read.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend who knows the author recommended this book. It was a great read. Thorp writes with unassuming and authentic voice. She shares her story filled with struggle and sadness but also resilience and hope. Her ability to recall detailed childhood memories and her artistic, emotional style made for a very intimate and touching memoir. It sure didn't hurt that her life story is compelling, heartbreaking and inspiring. I hope this book does well. ...more
Rosslyn R.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This memoir was extraordinarily and mesmerizing. Both tragic and beautiful, I would recommend to all my friends.
Lionel Pieterse
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. The time living in South Africa gives a good perspective of life in South Africa as a non-white in the 70's and 80's. Gillian's journey, her pain, anger, bitterness, struggles and perseverance is sad, but inspiring and encouraging. I am recommending this book to my family and friends. I wish that every person get a change to read G’s story. Feeling blessed.
Liese Gardner
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Although the environment in which the author grew up in and lived a large part of her young life was harsh, her strength came through clearly. Beautiful imagery showed a world we hope is long gone, and the author's personal insights along her journey shed light on how one can grow even in the face of devastating odds. Definitely a good read! ...more
Sarah Kennedy
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A stunningly beautiful memoir and a must read.
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