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10 thoughts on “The story of a New Zealand river

  1. Sheridan Ayson Sheridan Ayson says:

    I’m surprised that this author has not had the prominence amongst well loved and acclaimed NZ authors that I think she deserves I only discovered this book after hearing a very positive radio review about it and was intrigued given I had never even heard of this author For me Mander’s writing style is as beautiful as Katherine Mansfield’s The story itself moved at just the right pace with a few unexpected turns along the way What I thought was going to be an exercise in self discipline turned out to be an effortless read and an insightful portrayal of the moral and physical rigours of life in colonial NZ

  2. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I had not heard of this New Zealand classic until it was set as the February read for our online book group Although written in 1920 and set at the turn of the 20th century it had a modern feel to the writing As I was reading the early chapters when Alice and her children arrived in a remote spot in New Zealand’s north island where her husband was establishing a timber mill I was reminded of the movie The Piano I did find later that many believe this novel was the inspiration for the Jane Campion film even though the stories diverge markedly The character analysis of Alice from the time she arrives unwillingly at her new home until the end of the novel is masterful A cultured Englishwoman it seems unlikely that she should have married her exuberant entrepreneurial colonial husband Tom although the reasons are gradually revealed Her friendships with the elderly Mrs Brayton and particularly her husband’s offsider David Bruce become the cornerstones of her survival The book is largely an analysis through narrative and character of the pernicious effects of Puritan morality David constantly challenges Alice’s Victorian attitudes as does her feisty daughter Asia who emerges as wonderfully lively and unconventional It is also a pioneer story of the New Zealand bush where the reader feels the beauty as well as the isolation of the river forests and mountains I could make a few minor criticisms but that would be churlish I found the historical background interesting the setting beautifully rendered and the characters for the most part convincing and well developed Overall I was absorbed in the book and thoroughly enjoyed it

  3. Ian King Ian King says:

    I wanted to read a book from a local author and Jane Mander is as local as you can get to me that is she lived in the same city as I do I really enjoyed this read but why people seem to connect this book as the inspiration for the NZ movie The Piano I'm not so sure They are similar stories sure but very different tooAnother beauty about this book is that it's based around an area I used to live so I recognise some of the places although they are now uite different things change after a centuryI really enjoyed learning the history of the area and the Kauri Tree harvesting and the Gum digging that went on in the dayThis story is full of unspoken yearnings from than one character but is focused on Alice the mother of Asia They have been brought out to this remote area by her new husband Alice's husband Asia is only a girl at the start but she ages too It speaks of the hardships she had to endure both real and imagined and how a community spirit is so strong that she was able to survive through the many trials until she and finally blossoms Alice is very much a frigid person encompassed by her religious upbringing and the secrets she hides for so many years Highly recommended NZ historical novel

  4. Cazna Cazna says:

    I really enjoyed this book for its history and even though it is a little bit of a romance it is enticing and toatlly enjoyable I am proud to own this book

  5. Francie Francie says:

    I loved this book by a NZ writer who writes in a setting in NZ's far north during the early settlement of the country

  6. Gilraens Gilraens says:

    Some books are so well written that though you really have issues with the lead characters and the story itself that you can’t help but admiring the prose and the book This book left me wondering whether I actually liked the book story or the writing or only parts of itAlice annoys me she really really annoys me Despite my basic understanding of her social moral and religious indoctrinations and pressures she is just to me a woman that needs to have kick up the behind She does not seem to have much spine and is most overwhelmed by something called life itself Always tired lying about crying “I can’t do this that that and the other” Looking at others for rescue and being taken care of she for me epitomises the gentrified victimhood So yes she has a change of heart Yes she seems to have the occasional spine and yes she grows to an extend but not enough to make me warm to her Thankfully her knight in shining armour is of the 'I'll point you in the right direction but you have to do it yourself' type and that means that a happy ending takes a whole book of tiredness and neediness to get thereI really like the way the story is set in an area that I know well It is set in a time when there were a lot of changes and where my beloved NZ was moving economically and socially at fast pace Not uite as idyllic as in the book but hey it is a book it is a story and it is only a glimpse and on micro scale what may have happened A note describing Auckland as that village in a time about 100 years ago makes me realise how fast the city and the whole country has grown in a short time The story therefore serves well as a backdrop for investigations into the history of NZ and the major upheaval of the early 20th century there I can totally see how the book was an inspiration to the Piano though the stories diverge and the ending is nothing like the Piano at all There are major differences but as an inspiration it suits What makes me really like the book is the beautiful prose The writing style is really top notch uality and draws you in Let’s not forget that it takes real skill to write about a lead character that makes you get under you skin to get to the point of really dislike of the person vs the lead character in a story Let’s note again I really liked the story I really disliked Alice That is uite and achievement for a bookAs a result I end up giving the book 4 stars as I don’t ever want to re read it and the enjoyment and wish to share is just not there But it is a good book where the 4 should be read as a 45

  7. Barnaby Haszard Barnaby Haszard says:

    There's a place in my heart for early 20th Century stories of women breaking out of the chauvinist norms of the time and becoming themselves Even if they don't break out entirely and it simply tells the story from their perspective This is a good one if overlong and has the added bonus of describing a New Zealand landscape and society most of us have only conceptual echoes of a hundred years later Because Roland's chopping down those native trees for obscene profit and the road to Auckland hasn't been built yet but it will The Māori are nowhere in this of course But at least we get the women's side

  8. Gwendolyn Gwendolyn says:

    One of the only times in literature where I've found that the male love interest is not out for personal gain of the female protagonist One of the most stellar books I've read in a long time The dynamic between mother and daughter take this story to a personal level for me and many of us who were raised entirely or primarily by our mothers I've never seen character progression like this

  9. Leslie Ann Leslie Ann says:

    Just okay I was not fond of Alice despite her evolution in character and the other characters seemed flat by comparison The story was fairly predictable; the only scene that surprised me was Tom's discovery of Alice and her lover Finally I did not like the narration by Gail Timmerman Vaughan her intonation was too flat

  10. Fiona Audain Fiona Audain says:

    A look at the morals of a Puritan woman married to a New Zealand business man in the early 1900's above Auckland When Kauri gum and trees were both much sort afterHiding her love for another man not her husband and what happens through out their lives

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