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The Sun Walks Down

By Fiona McFarlane

8.5/10
(8.5/10)

333 pages

What’s it about?

Denny Wallace is only 6-years-old when he goes missing during a dust storm in the South Australian outback.  It is 1883 and the entire community is affected by his loss.

What did it make me think about?

The pioneers- their relationship to the land and the people that were there before them.

Should I read it?

Wow- this book was hauntingly beautiful to read.  It captures a time and place so well. South Australia, its pioneers, and its native people are captured through the story of this missing boy.  This is not necessarily a page-turner, but it is worth reading.  I found myself admiring this writer from the start, but it took me awhile to like the story. By the last page I both appreciated the talent it took to write this book and I liked the story as well. Fiona McFarlane is a talented writer and I can’t wait to read her next book. Why have we not heard more about this one?

Quote-

“ When George Axam wakes to the sound of rain, he sits up in his bed, furious at everything: the weather, God, shearers, sheep, his exasperating brother, and the twistedness of his sheets. He suspects, as he always does when inconvenienced by rain, that the natives have brought it on to spite him. These are the only circumstances under which George would indulge such suspicions; he would never attribute to native magic a stretch of warm, dry, windless days for shearing. “

What’s it about?

Denny Wallace is only 6-years-old when he goes missing during a dust storm in the South Australian outback.  It is 1883 and the entire community is affected by his loss.

What did it make me think about?

The pioneers- their relationship to the land and the people that were there before them.

Should I read it?

Wow- this book was hauntingly beautiful to read.  It captures a time and place so well. South Australia, its pioneers, and its native people are captured through the story of this missing boy.  This is not necessarily a page-turner, but it is worth reading.  I found myself admiring this writer from the start, but it took me awhile to like the story. By the last page I both appreciated the talent it took to write this book and I liked the story as well. Fiona McFarlane is a talented writer and I can’t wait to read her next book. Why have we not heard more about this one?

Quote-

“ When George Axam wakes to the sound of rain, he sits up in his bed, furious at everything: the weather, God, shearers, sheep, his exasperating brother, and the twistedness of his sheets. He suspects, as he always does when inconvenienced by rain, that the natives have brought it on to spite him. These are the only circumstances under which George would indulge such suspicions; he would never attribute to native magic a stretch of warm, dry, windless days for shearing. “

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