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Five Bells by Gail Jones
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it

This novel starts with a picturesque description of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay, capturing the life, the colour and the excitement of a glorious day. Into this scene step four finely-drawn characters – Catherine, Ellie, James and Pei Xing, all with their own backgrounds and “baggage.”
This is the account of those four people on a single afternoon, and the irruption into that story of a small child, whose presence touches everything.
The novel is penned with a powerful, yet light touch. Superficially, nothing much seems to happen, but the undercurrents of emotions and tragedies are ever-present and haunting. This is a beautiful book.

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