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Continuing the history of the Irish Darcys begun in Missus and continued in The Harp in the South, this third novel of the trilogy re-acquaints listeners with the vicissitudes of slum life in a Sydney suburb. An unforgettable family and a cast of unforgettable characters enliven a story that is sometimes tragic, but often humourous, in a time of poverty and destitution, hope and promise.

©1949 Ruth Park (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Second in the series

Before you read/listen to this book, you better listen to 'The Harp In The South first. Poor Man's Orange is the follow on.
This is the follow on novel to the story of The D'Arcy family who live in Surrey Hills. The story continues from where Harp In The South finished off. The struggles of living in the slums and watching them being slowly destroyed add to the community dismay. My one criticism of the reading is the narrators voices for each character (I had the same complaint with the first novel).
One of the best Australian book series.
Do your ears a favour and get Harp in The South and Poor Mans Orange.

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Slum life in surrey hills

I wanted to know a little of the history of Sydney in the early days, and this book focuses on a family living in a surrey hills slum: the drunkeness, limited opportunities, despair, dirt and laziness of various members of a family. It also portrays the innocence and hope that can exist amidst this seeming quagmire of hopelessness. The narrator is very professional and differentiates well between the characters. It is the 2nd in the series that I have read, and whilst gently entertaining, I don't think I would read another of this particular trilogy.

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  • Evan Pierce
  • 22-10-2015

Reading overdone

The reader, though no doubt with best intentions, overacted so much that it sounds like a children's book. The voices are painfully exaggerated, caricatures - females sound like either babies or elderly and nothing in between, males sound like 50 year pack-a-day smokers without exception.

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  • John
  • 30-05-2015

fan read

loved it great read and well read. highly recommended to all. will read again and again

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