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Pia Horan-Gross

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A truly spellbinding novel !

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Reviewed: 03-10-2020

As the title says, a spellbinding novel, that possesses a rare gift of fineness in its writing stylle! Beautifully spoken, a superb work in every way

One of a kind !

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-2020

The book title is deceiving and spoils the impact of the book. Born-again? One expects a story ending in a powerful conversion! Which never happens. On the contrary: evil people's actions are used as evidence that God doesn't exist, forgetting that it was J.C. himself (not Jack Charles) who said that it was better for a paedophile to have a millstone tied around his neck and thrown into the sea then that one of those little ones be harmed (Matt. 18:6). The energy and word power with which Jack recounts his life story are astonishing for a 76-year old and brought a smile on my face! No doubt, he is much loved and respected among his "mob", and that is a wonderful thing, considering his very sad early years. A good insightful story, explaining to us the journey of our Aboriginal First Peoples!

Outstanding!

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Reviewed: 01-04-2020

A novel that leaves you spellbound, deeply affected by its content and emotional depth and its rich, vividly descriptive imagery. Alaska is portrayed in all its glorious, untamed and breathtaking beauty. The characters that inhabit it loom as large as the country itself. Human frailty and heroism comfortably co-exist in this place. The frailty of a damaged Vietnam veteran, his enabling wife and helpless teenage daughter are cruelly exposed and emphasized by the stress brought on by the harsh and unforgiving Alaskan winter.

Too much information! Must I say more?

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-03-2020

Yes, I have to, in 15 words! Crass, to say the least. Majors in F words! Truth, with the cold light of stark reality. Couldn't get to the end.

Wordy

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-01-2020

A little morbid in tone, well describes the spiritually abusive influence of Puritanism, also called legalism, on society's mindset. A literary stand-alone of another era. Uses in-depth description of its main characters, vivid in their brilliant contradictions and tensions.

Poor for scripture search

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Reviewed: 06-09-2019

How do you find your way around this? Not user friendly. It should have a listing of all books, with link to the chosen section.

Bad nuns and poor unwed mothers

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Reviewed: 11-04-2019

Unrelenting dark misery which some call spellbinding. It got me in for a while but in the end the cliches about bad nuns, complicit priests and poor helpless unwed pregnant girls simply became boring.

Farfetched!

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Reviewed: 27-12-2018

Did not bother finishing it. That is all I have to say. (Audible, stop imposing 15 words minimum!)

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Can't stand reader's voice! I had to delete this.

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Reviewed: 27-12-2018

Can't stand reader's voice! I had to delete this. Review should be short and to tge point! 15 words minimum is humbug!

Yarns from the bush; a great collection! Loved it!

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Reviewed: 03-12-2018

A tale of the Australian psyche of the past. Quite sentimental to read. It evokes a time rapidly fading into forgetfulness...

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