The Colour

The Colour

Book - 2003
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Joseph and Harriet Blackstone, along with Joseph's mother Lillian, emigrate from England in search of new beginnings and prosperity in New Zealand. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek, he guiltily hides the discovery from his wife and mother and is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of 'the colour', are violently rushing to their destinies. Harriet bravely decides to pursue her own journey towards an uncertain future. But nothing has prepared her for what happens when she too arrives at the gold-diggings. Amid squalor and confusion, amid burning heat and icy flood, she comes face to face with the true cost of desire. Beautifully written, hauntingly evocative and by turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is the story of a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover what it is that makes men and women happy.
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780701172961
0701172967
Branch Call Number: TREM 21
Characteristics: 382 p. : maps

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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.

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annaberghout
Dec 11, 2014

I read on the ship MSC on theMediterranean

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AbsolutelyObvious
Nov 15, 2011

Beautiful. Sensual and harsh.

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Ajena
Apr 03, 2011

Otago - South Island near Christchurch. 19th century.

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