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The Secret River
The Secret River
Author: Kate Grenville
The Orange Prize-winning author Kate Grenville recalls her family's history in an astounding novel about the pioneers of New South Wales. Already a best seller in Australia, The Secret River is the story of Grenville's ancestors, who wrested a new life from the alien terrain of Australia and its native people. London, 1806. William Thornh...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781841957975
ISBN-10: 1841957976
Publication Date: 4/21/2006
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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Helpful Score: 6
This is one of those books that you want everyone to read. I absorbed this over a two-day period in which I didn't want to do anything else. It is a painful read that left me still unsettled at the end. The Secret River follows William Thornhill from his poverty-stricken childhood in London to the life he creates in Australia. Thornhill is a compelling main character full of emotional extremes--overwhelming love for his wife and children, despair at his inability to provide a comfortable life, a deep hunger that he struggles to feed. His story becomes the story of the British invasion of Australia and brings to life the historical struggle for ownership on an individual level.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed The Secret River on + 907 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Absolutely on of the best book I have read in awhile. Very touching book. If you want to read just one great book that isn't "fluff" this is the book.
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Helpful Score: 2
While this book was difficult to read at times because of the way the aboriginal peoples (like conquered natives everywhere)were treated, and the violence perpetuated upon them, I loved it! I read it over 24 hours, with much difficulty putting it down to sleep. It taught me a lot of history about the British invasion of what would later become Australia, the plight of the very poor in England and the exiled prisoners. It was very well written, the prose and the characters flowed well. So much again for the sanitized version from our primers.
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Momofsix avatar reviewed The Secret River on + 3 more book reviews
Another great book! I loved the writing, the story and the characters. I also learned so much about Australia and the native people while enjoying a wonderful story. This is a "can't put down" book.
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I was suprised to find myself so caught up in this book. Couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to William & his family. It's based on the author's family history involving England's penal colonys for convicts in the 1800's: wonderful descriptions of the period & of New South Wales.
atlgoddess avatar reviewed The Secret River on + 13 more book reviews
Although I read this book monthes ago, details still resonate through my head. The characters and the times become more real than generic convict stereotypes struggling in England and Australia. Awesome but sad story that remind us who quickly we can turn ugly towards others and quick we are to push our mistakes under the rug.


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