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The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay
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May 04, 2012

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This was my fourth (although three were part of a trilogy) Bryce Courtenay book and it is my least favorite. This is a story of a young man who is the son of a widowed missionary who grew up in Japan and is a butterfly collector. The story starts just prior to the breakout of World War II in Indonesia. The young man, Nick Duncan, is there looking for a rare butterfly, he is almost 18 years old. It follows Nick and a young Dutch/Indonesian (Javanese) girl through their experiences during World War II and a little bit just after.

Bryce Courtenay writes books with relatively simply drawn characters that might have bad things happen to them but they are almost always really good people. It is nice to live in that fantasy world and I usually enjoy those types of stories. But for this story maybe the simplicity was a little too simple, or I was in a different mood.

It was a good story, but just not one of my favorites.
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