The Persimmon Tree
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  • 1
    The Persimmon Tree | Bryce Courtenay

    The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Compelling read

    I enjoyed every minute this book. It was wide ranging in time and place, with interesting characters and insight into the Japanese which was fascinati..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 September 2011 by Philippa (Eymet, France)
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    Fishing for Stars | Bryce Courtenay

    Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    A disappointing sequel.

    A different storyline with characters resembling their Persimmon Tree personae.

    Reviewed on 28 February 2015 by Mick'sMoll ()