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Tim Shea wordt achtervolgd door de aanblik van het dode meisje. De politie reist de streek rond met haar hoofd in een glazen pot om achter haar identiteit te komen, maar niemand kan of wil haar identificeren. Tim Shea, die zijn geboorteland Ierland heeft verlaten om in Australië een nieuwe toekomst op te bouwen, is eigenaar van een winkel in het stadje Kempsey. Het is 1900Tim Shea wordt achtervolgd door de aanblik van het dode meisje. De politie reist de streek rond met haar hoofd in een glazen pot om achter haar identiteit te komen, maar niemand kan of wil haar identificeren. Tim Shea, die zijn geboorteland Ierland heeft verlaten om in Australië een nieuwe toekomst op te bouwen, is eigenaar van een winkel in het stadje Kempsey. Het is 1900, het eerste jaar van de nieuwe eeuw. In dat noodlottige jaar merkt Tim dat de mensen in het nieuwe land vaak net zo bekrompen zijn als in zijn vaderland. Zijn integriteit, edelmoedigheid en koppigheid zorgen ervoor dat hij en zijn gezin in ernstige moeilijkheden komen, en zijn vrouw vervloekt zijn principes... Een stadje aan de rivier is een originele, onderhoudende roman, waarin zowel het Australië van rond de eeuwwisseling als de morele dilemma's waarmee een gewoon mens zich geconfronteerd ziet, briljant getekend worden....

Title : Een stadje aan de rivier
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ISBN : 9024524024
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 364 Pages
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Een stadje aan de rivier Reviews

  • Petra
    2019-03-23 21:45

    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 more 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 you."This 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.

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2019-03-30 21:51

    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 spirit.This 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 more interesting than I might have expected.This is only my second Keneally, the other his more recent The Daughters of Mars. Now with two titles under my belt, so to speak, I am interested in reading more. Still, not every book can be a 5-star read. I can't quite put my finger on why this isn't one, but still a solid 4-stars.

  • Velvetink
    2019-04-14 02:44

    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 splendour.(first 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 behind."Some of my colonial ancestors settled in Kempsey, and "A River Town" amply filled in the brutality and beautiful atmosphere of the times.

  • Karen
    2019-04-07 03:45

    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.

  • Booklovinglady
    2019-03-29 04:46

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

  • Wendy Feltham
    2019-04-13 02:57

    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 more empathy. For Australian historic fiction, I much prefer Peter Carey and Kate Grenville.

  • Trish
    2019-04-01 01:04

    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 more recent novel, Bettany's Book, echoes A River Town.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-10 23:13

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

  • Adrian
    2019-03-25 04:50

    re tim shea, irish retailer, class structures

  • Paul
    2019-04-21 02:09

    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 quickly: the characters and locations are so well drawn that anything less than a deliberate reading seems insulting.Kempsey, 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 empire.Most 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 Shea.Colonial 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 resistance.Tim 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 rewarding.The 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 Anna.Dead 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.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-15 03:11

    This story, set at the turn of the 20th century in rural New South Wales, was helpful to my cultural literacy as a relatively recent immigrant. It illustrated the relationships between classes and races, the rural worldview and power structure, several points of view on Australian involvement in the Boer War, a bit about the plague that struck Sydney, and many words and terms from that era that I had never encountered before. It was more than that, of course, it was a good story and a pleasure to read.

  • Mike Vaughnwilliams
    2019-04-12 02:45

    As historical fiction, this book combines the best elements of a good story and a revealing view of 19th century Australia. Immigrants to this land bring their culture and ancient prejudices towards each other as they learn to live in a new environment which challenges them to adapt if they are to survive and prosper.

  • Peter Roe
    2019-04-17 02:44

    Obviously read schindlers ark and saw this and thought I would give it a go as schindlers ark was so well written. This book is faultless and draws you into Tim's life and his hardships...couldn't put it down....

  • Jan
    2019-04-09 23:58

    An enjoyable read that combines a good story with historical fact. Sometimes Tom Keneally "tells" too much when he's trying to put lots of information into his novels, but the info is always interesting and well written so I don't mind.

  • Greta
    2019-03-24 23:10

    Loved the history of emigrants to the colonies that would become Australia. Topics like the Boer war, emigrant's nationalities, women and their most personal issues were all covered with great detail and candor.

  • Mew
    2019-04-10 01:10

    The story seemed to go on longer than it needed to and I found myself getting rather bored. But I enjoyed the story in theory...

  • Eunice
    2019-04-03 05:44

    I enjoyed this book for the writing style, the portrayal of time and place, and the characters.

  • Kevin Hellier
    2019-03-25 03:00

    Written with wonderous Australian style, hence much irony and humour in the face of difficulty. It feels real.