The Colour

The Colour

Book - 2003
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A sweeping historical novel about love, ruin, and redemption in nineteenth-century New Zealand Rose Tremain's new novel is a saga of love and greed set during the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush in New Zealand. Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England, along with Joseph's mother, Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of "the colour," rush to their destinies. Harriet decides to pursue her own journey toward an uncertain future. But nothing has prepared her for what happens to her when she arrives at the gold diggings. Amid squalor and confusion, burning heat and icy flood, Harriet comes face-to-face with the true cost of desire. Beautifully written, hauntingly evocative, and by turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is the story of a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover what it is that makes men and women happy.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374126056
Call Number: F Tremain
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Color

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Set during the 1860's gold rush in New Zealand, a newly married couple from England struggles to stake out a new life as farmers in a harsh, untamed land. When Joseph finds a tiny amount of gold dust in their creek, he becomes obsessed and greedy, leaves his family and boards a ship to seek his fortune in the gold mines. This is as much an adventure story as it is a love story, with characters and a landscape that feel so real they will stay with you for a long time.

Dec 11, 2014

I read on the ship MSC on theMediterranean

Nov 15, 2011

Beautiful. Sensual and harsh.

Apr 03, 2011

Otago - South Island near Christchurch. 19th century.


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