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Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay
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Four Fires, by Bryce Courtenay, Narrated by Humphrey Bowers, Produced by Bolinda Publishing, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a three-generation family narrative covering 100 years, in Australian history, the majority of the narrative taking place from 1956 to about 1964. Nancy Maloney is the mother of all five children in this narrative, but three of them are by different fathers. Her own husband fathered two, but only one in wedlock, so there’s only one legitimate Maloney. Tommy Maloney, the father was a POW in WW II in Borneo and suffered untold cruelty by his Japanese captors but never told anyone about it until the end of his life. He came back from the war damaged, and spent many years as a drunk and a thief. But Nancy was determined that the five children would turn out well and bring the Maloney name up in the world. Sarah, the oldest, unfortunately became pregnant in highschool, but this did not stop her seeking to become one of the first Australian female doctors. Mike had the ambition to become a top fashion designer. Bozo was first a boxer who achieved Olympic status, and then became a very good businessman involving the transportation of goods, Mole, (the narrator of the story) was closest to his step-father, Tommy, learned his skills in the bush and tracking fires, and followed his lead into the army putting himself there just in time to go to Vietnam with predictable results. Little Colene was younger than the rest and was just coming into her own. The Maloneys were scrappers and lifted themselves out of the bottom rung of the town where Tommy and his father before him, had put the Maloney family. This is a brilliant narrative and when it’s over, you’re sorry to say goodbye to the Maloney family. Humphrey Bower does his usual wonderful job of narration.

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