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Left of the Rising Sun Paperback – October 15, 2014
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About the Author
John Holland grew up in the Australian outback. He has been a stockman (Australian cowboy), miner, roadworker, professional hunter, newspaper columnist and media officer for a politician. His fiction is about life and the question of where we fit into an uncertain universe.
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It’s the story of Buck, the ten year old boy and his more then four week journey through the outback of Australia, after his plan went down. He was the sole survivor.
Finding an old aborigine, Sammy, they travel for a while together, until... Well, I don’t like to spoil anything. Here Buck found out all about friendship and that we, as humans should always stick together.
John told the journey very realistic. I felt the tension in Buck to get home alive, I felt his hunger, I felt his thirst, I felt his thought to be alone out there in the wilderness.
Very well written and I enjoyed it very much. The book is for all ages.
I read baseball books such as 'The Kid from Tompkinsville' and westerns including everything Zane Grey wrote. I read science fiction and biographies and - much to my father's horror - spent one whole summer reading every volume of the World Book Encyclopedia.
(Dad thought I should have been playing ball or helping him take apart engines, not reading.)
Although I read everything I could get my hands on back then, my favorite books were those adventure stories ranging from 'Huckleberry Finn' to 'Treasure Island' that captured not only my attention but also my imagination.
I am well into my 60s these days but I fancy I still have enough imagination left to be captivated by a good yarn about a young boy on his own, fighting the odds that are stacked so high against him that survival seems, at best, a chancy thing.
John Holland's 'Left of the Rising Sun' did just that: It captivated me.
And in doing so it allowed me to forget that I'm a grandfather these days and, for just a bit, his tale of a young boy forced to survive in the Australian Outback after a plane crash took me back to those days when I'd grab a book and a paper bag with a baloney sandwich in it and head off to some quiet spot to spend a summer's day reading.
Holland spent time as a stockman and a miner at various times in his life and his prose reminds me of some of America's best cowboy writers. Like them, he writes in a clear, unadulterated style without the flowery language of those novelists who only wish they had once roamed the plains. Holland's knowledge of the Outback - and the creatures that live there - gives this short novel a ring of truth, of authenticity, that only someone who has actually spent time in the Northwest Territory's most challenging places can know. He has the ability to put you in the moment the way many other authors only wish they could.
This is a book for young adults but I have to admit that, for at least one old-timer, it was a really nice read.
I highly recommend it.