The Colour by Rose TremainThe Colour by Rose Tremain

The Colour

byRose Tremain

Paperback | April 30, 2004

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Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, 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 a creek bed, 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 and doom.
Title:The ColourFormat:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 8.28 × 5.46 × 0.77 inPublished:April 30, 2004Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312423101

ISBN - 13:9780312423100

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transporting, Mesmerizing and Knowlegable Despite the story setting (1860's New Zealand Gold Rush) Tremaine's characters ring so true today! Joseph, an exploiter. with a conscience the size of a chia seed, (who'd today be diagnosed with anti-social behavior disorder) is married to Harriet whose ability to reach out to others is critical to her amazing, well-earned destiny. A beautiful line: "...and Harriet felt, for the first time that stretching away of her being into fragments of extraordinary lightness which could arrange themselves into any shape or form she might desire." Eleanor Cowan, Author of 'A History of a Pedophile's Wife'
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Editorial Reviews

"Exhilarating...splendidly eventful...the story swells." --"The New York Times" "Every bit as enthralling as any of her previous work...The Colour is a beautifully written novel that teems with life on every page." --"The Boston Globe" "Writing at the top of her form. . .With its combination of vivid historical adventure and sensual, late-blooming romance, it's hard to see how this novel can miss winning a new audience for the immensely talented Tremain." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred) "Fully rounded human beings and a nimble prose style... Peerless imagination." --"Newsday" "[A] gripping pioneer story...The result is a page-turner that's also a work of startling beauty." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)