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All the Rivers Run Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 3, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451125355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451125354
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Its precision of language, firmness of characterisation and richness of the Australian setting invites comparison with The Thorn Birds' Publishers Weekly 'A novel on the grand scale, with Australia as its background and a beautiful riverboat skipper its wilful heroine.' She --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nancy Cato spent her working life in the literary field - as a poet, novelist and reporter on an Adelaide daily paper. In 1984 she was made a member of the Order of Australia. She died in 2000. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found this to be a very rich book in story and in 'place'. Nancy Cato's telling of an Australian girl's growing up in turn of the century Australia, in city and in bush is reminiscent of Willa Cather's writing of turn of the century Midwestern pioneer life (Song of a Lark and My Antonia come to mind). Both draw you into the characters' lives with richness and tenderness. Both have strong female characters who reach out to explore life, who love nature and art , and find themselves trying to encorporate both in their lives. I recommend this book partucularly to women and girls who love nature and beautiful words and are particularly fond of dreaming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hayward on October 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This novel should be an Australian classic, and deserves greater prominence in Amazon's offerings. At first, you enter into the troubles faced by a young girl, Philadelphia Gordon arriving in Australia. These chapters are more an introduction to the story. By the time the main character achieves her freedom or independence you begin to feel the power of this great author.

The author manages the pace, the intensity, the wonder and the fascination of the story, its setting, and its characters with incredible poise. You become as a reader accustomed to the flow of the river, and the gentle movement of the paddle steamer. You will be entranced by the river, and by the action and life of everyday Australians who live and work there. But they are not ordinary Australians, as you begin to discover the tremendous spirit, industry, perseverance of the characters. How they fought against the odds and struggled against adversity. How they took meaning from the towns, cities, and the activities and developments around them.

You will discover the individual failings of many characters, they are catalogued and displayed for you to learn from. Its from the mistakes and failures that you learn the most, and I hope you can take to heart much of what you read here.

You will also learn a great deal from this meticulously researched book about the history, geography and development of this great country. This book recaptured the magic that I remember as a child discovering what Australia means to me. I could only wish that instead of Amazon, the smell of Eucalyptus trees was the highlight of my day.

I suggest this story is suitable for young adults and teenagers especially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Tillotson on January 28, 2013
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I'll admit that I saw the TV mini-series of this name back several decades ago, so the main character of Delie is strong in my mind because of Sigrid Thornton's performance as well as Nancy Cato's writing talent. Cato's portrayal of Delie as a flawed heroine is excellent. But there is so much more in the book than in the TV production. And I keep my atlas handy ( as well as using mapquest) so I can visualize the trips up and down various rivers in Australia. Good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pie christine shelton on January 24, 2012
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GRABS YOUR ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY AND PORTRAYS THE STRENGTH AND TENACITY OF A WOMAN WILLING TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF THE NORM AND SUCCEEDS.
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By genie lynch on June 3, 2013
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ditto for all the above great, great, great, great, what ever, keep up the good work and stop bugging mre everything is great
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