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

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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.

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Nancy Cato has 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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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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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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Maybe if I hadn't seen the movie first, I would have liked it more. I absolutely love the movie which doesn't follow the book very much.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Delie had the potential to be a great heroine but I was quite disappointed in this book. I almost always turn right around at the end of a book and read it straight through once again. I'm not going to touch this.

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!
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