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The Colour by Rose Tremain
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Jul 04, 2009

it was amazing

My mum raved about this, but I was not as gripped from the start as she was, but in the end I could not put it down. This is my fourth Rose Tremain and I'm amazed at how completely different each one is from the others. This one is set in New Zealand at the time of the Gold Rush. Joseph Blackstone takes his new wife Harriet and his mother Lillian to the New World to set up a farm. He gets a glimpse of 'the colour' in the water on his land and starts to pan for gold secretly. He then goes off to join the Gold Rush, leaving his wife and mother to fend for themselves in the elements. Tremain describes so vividly their excruciating attempts at keeping the farm and livestock going. A fantastic read.
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