A River Town ePUB Ý A River Epub / Paperback

A River Town ePUB Ý A River Epub / Paperback

A River Town ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ A River Town Author Thomas Keneally – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk In turn of the century Australia Tim Shea supports his young family by running a general store in a remote riverside town where he finds the same hypocrisy and snobbery which made him emigrate from Ir In turn of the century Australia Tim Shea supports his young family by running a general store in a remote riverside town where he finds the same hypocrisy and snobbery which made him emigrate from Ireland and suffers a series of misfortunes which take A River Epub / him to the brink of disaster Capturing the spirit of the times and place this is the mesmerising tale of a flawed hero whose stubborn integrity is nearly his undoing.


10 thoughts on “A River Town

  1. Petra Petra says:

    I liked this book although I am sure I didn't get the full nuances within the pages Keneally wrote a very Australian book I enjoyed the slang and the word usage throughout the descriptions of the countryside are beautiful I would love to one day see these purple hills and the beautiful ocean river views This story is a good look at a country and town in transition The country is on the cusp of becoming a Commonwealth The town a hodge podge of people from all walks of English Irish and Scottish life The story is subtle I haven't read any other books by Keneally but have seen the movie Shindler's List which is based on another of his books The two stories are similar in that what is happening on the surface is not what is occurring underneath Tim Shea is a flawed and likeable man He's a good man who wants nothing than to make a good life for himself and his family in this New World In the four month period covered by this book his life is turned upside down Keneally manages to include prejudices social standings finances ties responsibilities to the Mother Land friendships and betrayals within the pages There's a lot of Australian slang and word usage that is interesting and make this a truly Australian story The town and people are diverse and one gets the feel of what it would be like to be a new emigrant have left all family ties behind This is what it feels to be an emigrant Your children don't speak like youThis is something I hadn't consciously thought of before It must be a constant reminder that one isn't from Here when one's children have different accents words and community experiences than oneself


  2. Velvetink Velvetink says:

    This is the tale of a reluctant hero an endearing if flawed man whose stubborn integrity is nearly his undoing Vividly conveying the spirit of the times Tom Keneally's vibrant portrait of the river town of Kempsey manifests the inescapability of human malice in a place of natural splendourfirst paragraph below;On a hot morning in the New Year a black police wagon went rolling along Kempsey's Belgrave Street from the direction of West Kemspey All of this in the valley of the Macleay on the lush and humid north coast of New South Wales The wagon attracted a fair amount of notice from the passers by and witnesses Many shopowners and customers in fact came out onto the footpaths to watch this wagon be drawn by and some of them waved mockingly at the dark barred window of the thing Tim Shea of T Shea General Store stayed behind his counter but looked out with as much fascination as anyone as the wagon passed two constables on the driver's seat and Fry the sergeant of police riding behindSome of my colonial ancestors settled in Kempsey and A River Town amply filled in the brutality and beautiful atmosphere of the times


  3. Elizabeth (Alaska) Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

    This is very good historical fiction It is set at the turn on the 20th Century Although decidedly Australian the town seems much like many such settlements in the midwest and western United States of the same period The town is peopled with both immigrants and those who have been of the place for a generation or two There is a class structure at least so far as there are people with power and those without While the issues are different than in the US there are those who wish to have and to wield power That there are such people has apparently not occurred to our hero Tim Shea Tim lives on the edge economically his wife complains that he cannot see having to pay his own bills in 2 months time does not allow him to extend 3 month terms to his customers and stay solvent But Tim is a generous man and will continue to live with his generous spiritThis book deals with the the viciousness that can be politics I don't mean those who are running for office but that there is a group of people who have beliefs different from another group of people and what happens when only one of those groups has power It also deals somewhat with issues of race and to a much lesser degree the place of women in that less enlightened time I did not expect this book to deal with such current issues but it made it much interesting than I might have expectedThis is only my second Keneally the other his recent The Daughters of Mars Now with two titles under my belt so to speak I am interested in reading Still not every book can be a 5 star read I can't uite put my finger on why this isn't one but still a solid 4 stars


  4. Karen Karen says:

    1900 Kempsey in some respects this could be Kempsey of today The book was poetic it flowed as lazy as the river I loved its political points and depictions of a river town bonded by class and discrimination Keneally did a great job of bringing out the essence of our town and Tim was a man who could have been a hero if only he had the bottle for it Keneally brings everything to this novel that boils my blood especially the inescapable face of human malice the fate of a new country looking to make a difference too scared to cut the strings of the motherland


  5. Booklovinglady Booklovinglady says:

    Historical fiction at its best For a review in Dutch see Herfstuitdaging 2017 of the Netherlands Flanders group


  6. Paul Paul says:

    Before picking up A River Town I hadn’t read anything by Keneally who also wrote Schildler’s List but wow he can write It was nearly impossible for me to read this book uickly the characters and locations are so well drawn that anything less than a deliberate reading seems insultingKempsey the eponymous river town is located in the Macleay river valley just inland of the east coast of Australia about 300 miles north of Sydney in New South Wales The narrative takes place in the southern hemisphere summer of 1900 as Australia seeks to become an independent commonwealth in the British empireMost non native residents of Kempsey are English or Irish immigrants and grocer Tim Shea is no exception He and his wife Kitty left Ireland seeking the better life offered in the new land The new land however has its own set of challenges even for a good man like SheaColonial Australia is committing troops to the Boer War in South Africa Shea is among those unconvinced the war is right but the pro war patriots in Kempsey take a dim view of his resistanceTim has to sort out his relationship with Bandy Habash one of the few Muslim immigrants in the Macleay valley Tim has aversions to him both involuntary—arising from British distrust of non Christian non white peoples—and willful Bandy shines an unwelcome public spotlight on Tim’s life Yet Bandy is earnest and helpful and the relationship between the two is complex and rewardingThe Shea family is another fine Keneally creation wife Kitty full of common sense and distrustful of Tim’s whimsy wild son John and deliberate daughter AnnaDead strangers orphaned children Australian politics new family members and the plague are all involved in the plot but this is not a plot driven story The characters are king and it’s lovely when Keneally sets them loose


  7. Wendy Feltham Wendy Feltham says:

    Australia's immigrant history is fascinating to me along with the shocking tales of convicts and their treatment A River Town tells the story of Irish immigrants struggling to make ends meet in a coastal town of New South Wales in the late 1800s As the town develops and the protagonist Tim Shea attempts to build his general store and support his growing family conflicts increase between classes and religions and Tim cannot escape the cruel politics of his new home For a historical novel Kenneally does a fine job weaving in various tragedies of the time However all the perils began to feel tedious Above all I objected to the author's condescending tone as he described Tim's travails and I wished the narrator would display empathy For Australian historic fiction I much prefer Peter Carey and Kate Grenville


  8. Trish Trish says:

    Superb writing Keneally's characters are utterly credible Their sense of the vastness of the Australian continent and often their insignificance in it is palpable Also great historical and social research His back story of his recent novel Bettany's Book echoes A River Town


  9. Sandy Sandy says:

    Another read during my Australia period Thought it was good but a little bit of slow going


  10. Adrian Adrian says:

    re tim shea irish retailer class structures


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