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The Colour

Tremain, Rose

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Colour
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Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 0374126054
0312423101
9780312423100
Branch Call Number: FICTION TREMAIN 2004
Characteristics: 382 p. ;,22 cm

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Also set during New Zealand’s gold rush, The Colour is a mesmerizing survival tale. Though the geography is exotic (and stunning), the human landscape is all too recognizable: a doomed marriage, greed, loneliness, and harsh struggle. Fans of The Jump-off Creek will love the strong woman at its ce... Read More »


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Nov 15, 2011
  • AbsolutelyObvious rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. Sensual and harsh.

Otago - South Island near Christchurch. 19th century.

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