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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (905 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryce Courtenay Narrator: Humphrey Bowe Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany. Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brittany | 2/17/2014

    " I loved every second of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marissa | 2/13/2014

    " OMG!!! VERY VERY VERY GOOD!! I couldn't put this one down. Yes, i missed my subway stop more than once becuase I was so wrapped up in this one. It took Bryce about a decade to find a way back to write about South Africa again. The Power of One and Tandia were his only books set in S.A., the others all in New Zealand, Australia, and Korea. With Whithorn he revisits many of the themes found in the Power of One. In fact his character, Jack, is eerily similar to Peekay, the protagonist in the Power of One. Dare i say it, but Jack is more fully described and more carefully structured to be more believable. While he is not a boxer, he is an orphan English boy persecuted by the Afrikaners. Instead of boarding schools, it is an orphanage which sets the stage for his troubled childhood. Both Jack and Peekay work in the copper mines as grisley boys. They eventually choose the same careers, too. Maybe too similar for some- but a welcome reminder of what was once Peekay's story and is now Jack's story. Bryce really mastered the pace of his story, with Whitethorn. I felt really intrigued and I really really cared about Jack's sucesses and failures. I wept with him with each and every loss in his life and mentally cheered him on with every new direction he decided to take his life. If I could I'd give this one 10 stars!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/8/2014

    " Loved this book - similar to the Power of One, but I cried in this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stefan | 2/7/2014

    " A powerful and descriptive tale of an orphan's search for meaning and acceptance in life. Whitethorn is populated by a cast of memorable characters. This wonderful novel contains much intelligent, witty, and even tragic dialogue. The many settings featured in this story came alive excitedly and vividly in my mind. The narrative was spellbinding and completely compelling. Whitethorn once again proves that Bryce Courtney is an exceptional storyteller. "

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