The Colour

The Colour

Book - 2004
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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: 9780374126056
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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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Set during the 1860's gold rush in New Zealand, a newly married couple from England struggles to stake out a new life as farmers in a harsh, untamed land. When Joseph finds a tiny amount of gold dust in their creek, he becomes obsessed and greedy, leaves his family and boards a ship to seek his fortune in the gold mines. This is as much an adventure story as it is a love story, with characters and a landscape that feel so real they will stay with you for a long time.

Dec 11, 2014

I read on the ship MSC on theMediterranean

Nov 15, 2011

Beautiful. Sensual and harsh.

Apr 03, 2011

Otago - South Island near Christchurch. 19th century.


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