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All the Rivers Run Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 1984
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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.
It's HUGE, and it can be boring. I love big, bulky reads that take me a few days to finish. When I find myself wishing the book was shorter, there's a problem. I kept saying to myself "This could be soooo much shorter. She could of cut out whole chapters, (And I LOVE detailed books) and it would have been sooo much better." This is an unusual thought for me to have. I found myself mentally rewriting and doing huge edits of material.
It had the flowery language and descriptions I like in a book of this time frame and bulk. I mean, good writer. Wonderfully descriptive of the times, the view, riverboat lore, and Australian culture of the time. But I found myself so unsympathetic with Delie and her plights! And I didn't like how the author went on, and on and on, and ON about the same. problems. for. hundreds. of. pages. And there was so much... well, extemporaneous stuff that didn't really have anything to do with the progression of the story. Nothing happened to effect or change Delie's viewpoint or her future in the scenarios, and they were just... I dunno. Extra padding to make the book extra long?
For example, the birth of her first child. It was just a... well. A dramatic piece of emotional fluff with no effect on her future. Really, she and her husband seemed hardly concerned by the event at all.
However we hear much of the horrors of motherhood! The horrors of "the man" beatin' down the hopes and dreams of the woman!Read more ›
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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 greatPublished on June 3, 2013 by genie lynch
I've just finished reading All the Rivers Run by Nancy Cato.
I have to confess I was very disappointed in the heroine. Read more