Een stadje aan de rivier

Een stadje aan de rivier

Thomas Keneally / Feb 17, 2020
Een stadje aan de rivier 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 identif
  • Title: Een stadje aan de rivier
  • Author: Thomas Keneally
  • ISBN: 9024524024
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Australi 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 Australi 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 Australi van rond de eeuwwisseling als de le dilemma s waarmee een gewoon mens zich geconfronteerd ziet, briljant getekend worden.
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      • Thomas Keneally

        Thomas Michael Keneally, AO born 7 October 1935 is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non fiction He is best known for writing Schindler s Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List 1993 , which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.Often published under the name Tom Keneally in Australia.Life and Career Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick s College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him He entered St Patrick s Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England 1968 70 He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non fiction books.Keneally was known as Mick until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name He is most famous for his Schindler s Ark 1982 later republished as Schindler s List , which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler s List 1993 Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material, although modern in their psychology and style.Keneally has also acted in a handful of films He had a small role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith based on his novel and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie, The Devil s Playground 1976 not to be confused with a similarly titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa.In 1983, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia AO He is an Australian Living Treasure.He is a strong advocate of the Australian republic, meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy, and published a book on the subject in Our Republic 1993 Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican Movement.Keneally is a keen supporter of rugby league football, in particular the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles club of the NRL He made an appearance in the rugby league drama film The Final Winter 2007.In March 2009, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, gave an autographed copy of Keneally s Lincoln biography to President Barack Obama as a state gift.Most recently Thomas Keneally featured as a writer in the critically acclaimed Australian drama, Our Sunburnt Country.Thomas Keneally s nephew Ben is married to the former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.

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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 wi [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 look [...]


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


    6. 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, Ke [...]


    7. 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.




    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 than that, of course, it was a good story and a pleasure to read [...]


    10. 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.


    11. 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 hardshipsuldn t put it down.


    12. 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.


    13. 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.


    14. 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



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


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