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Book Title: The Persimmon Tree|
The author of the book: Bryce Courtenay
Edition: Bolinda Publishing
Date of issue: February 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781921334733
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The Persimmon Tree is unashamedly a love story. I've always wanted to write one but until now have been afraid to do so. The reason is simple enough: most men in my experience have very little idea of what really goes on in a woman's heart or head. Now, at the age of 74, I just might know enough and have sufficient courage to write on the subject – the way of a man with a woman, of a woman with a man.
My story is set in the Pacific, although not in the paradise we've always been led to believe exists there. It is 1942 in Java and the Japanese are invading the islands like a swarm of locusts.
I have tried to capture the essence of love – how in a world gone mad with malice and hate, it has the ability to forgive and to heal. As it is in this story, love is always hard earned but, in the end, a most wonderful and necessary emotion. Without love, life for most of us would lack true meaning.
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Read information about the authorI was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo mountains.
It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned to box - though less as a sport and more as a means to stay alive.
But I survived to return to a small mountain town named Barberton in the North Eastern part of the country.
Here I met Doc, a drunken German music teacher who spent the next few years filling my young mind with the wonders of nature as we roamed the high mountains. His was the best education I was ever to receive, despite the scholarship I won to a prestigious boy's school and thereafter to a university in England where I studied Journalism.
I came to Australia because I was banned from returning to my own country.
This was due to the fact that I had started a weekend school for Africans in the school hall of the prestigious boy's school I attended.
One day the school hall was raided by the police who then branded me a Communist as they considered educating Africans a subversive act.
While studying journalism, I met a wonderful Australian girl.
"Come to my country!" Benita invited.
I did, and soon after arriving in Australia, married her. Benita gave me three splendid sons, Brett, Adam and Damon. Brett, who married Ann has given me three lovely grandsons, Ben now 14, Jake is about to turn 12 and Marcus is almost 6 years old.
I have lived all my Australian life in Sydney (the nicest place on earth) and, until I started writing fiction, made my career in advertising working as a copywriter and creative director.
At the age of 55 I decided to take the plunge. I had been telling stories since the age of five and had always known I would be a writer some day, though life kept getting in the way until I realised that it was either now or never.
Bryce Courtenay died at his home in Canberra, Australia. He was 79.
Courtenay is survived by his second wife Christine Gee and his children Adam and Brett.
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