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Carrots and Jaffas [Kindle Edition]

Howard Goldenberg
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Book Description

Carrots and Jaffas tells the story of two red-headed identical twins whose oneness is ruptured when one of them is kidnapped. Their startling intimacy is both a strength and a fault line in their being, and once separated, their individuality emerges. In the course of this exhilarating domestic tale set in Melbourne and the Flinders Ranges, the reader encounters the twins' parents - emotional, scripture-quoting Luisa and calm Bernard - as well as two remarkable storytellers, Doc, an eccentric outback doctor and Greta, an Aboriginal elder. Trauma is followed by recovery through the unexpected agency of story and 'country' (in the Australian Aboriginal meaning of that term).

Howard Goldenberg is a doctor, writer, marathon runner and Olympic torch bearer. He has written two non-fiction books, My Father's Compass (2007) and Raft (2009). This is his first novel.

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About the Author

Howard Goldenberg grew up in the Riverina town of Leeton, New South Wales. On his father's side, Howard is descended from the Gaon (Genius) of Vilna; on his mother's from Cyril Coleman, pearl diver, polo player, and one-stringed violinist, of Broome. He practises medicine in both city and outback communities. Howard is married, with three children and five grandchildren. In 2007 he won both the Victorian Country Marathon and Northern Territory Marathon Championships (over 60 years) and is currently training for his thirty-seventh marathon. Raft is his second book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2234 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Hybrid Publishers (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IO947VC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story, beautifully told May 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading this book and it has so much in it it's hard to know where to begin. As well as the suspense of the story itself, it is also takes the reader on an incredible emotional journey. Through the tale of a present day kidnapping and its profound and far reaching emotional implications, the author provides a glimpse into the parallel tragedy experienced by the first Australians - living forever affected by their own children being torn away. (Note, the author tells it with far greater subtlety and sophistication than my attempt to describe it here).

Emotions are raw and intense. The author tells stories within stories.

A book for the lover of a story well told, be ready to be taken on a journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story - twins are fascinating May 7, 2014
This book had me from the first page where we meet a disturbed man who believes he is righting an historical wrong by kidnapping a child. We learn of his troubled story and meet the twins who fall victim to his failed attempt at kidnapping them both. He manages to take only one child and in the process, tears apart a family, and siblings whose bond may be irreparable.
The Aboriginal elder Greta, and her friend the story-telling doc tenderly care for the kidnapped child, who surprisingly grows under whilst separated from his family. It is interesting to learn how the family left behind responds.
Great characters and a gripping story, beautifully told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Identical twins and race relations. May 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the best books I have read in recent times. Covers several different themes:
* Relationship between two identical twin brothers.
* Australian aboriginal health issues, and
* The "stolen generation" - the forcible removal of mixed-race children from their aboriginal mothers. This theme is treated from a very different perspective to other treatments - mainly from the aboriginal perspective.
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