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Gifts of the Peramangk [Kindle Edition]

Dean Mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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An EPIC Award finalist, Gifts of the Peramangk explores Australia in the 1950s, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, when Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and societal dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help, she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 992 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing; 1 edition (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SX8QOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #797,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dean Mayes has been writing, blogging and dreaming for most of his adult life, in between practicing as an Pediatric ICU Nurse and raising his two children, Xavier & Lucy (who was born during the writing of his debut novel The Hambledown Dream). Dean lives in Adelaide, Australia with his partner Emily, his children ...and his cross-breed cattle dog Simon.

The Hambledown Dream, a lyrical and moving paranormal romance, is his first novel. Dean is currently working on his second novel, tentatively titled "Gifts Of The Peramangk".

He writes regularly for a loyal following at his blog Dean from Australia.

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I was honoured enough to have read Dean Mayes debut novel `The Hambledown Dream' and couldn't imagine just how this could be bettered in any future storyline .... Just how wrong could I have been .... `Gifts Of the Peramangk' really did leave me speechless, with its eloquent language, intricately drawn characters, detailed descriptions, and its heart-wrenching and tragic, yet strangley uplifting storyline.
For anyone who has read `The Hambledown Dream', the moment where the two storylines run parallel, then converge, will have been noted for its sympathetic blending, and sensitive handling. The moment of recognition for the reader, is fleeting and crafted with great skill, so for those of you who have not read Dean's debut novel, you would not notice anything untoward in `Gifts Of The Peramangk', that would distract you from this unique, emotional and totally absorbing storyline ... Dean certainly has a rare talent and the blending of the two stories can only be described as inspired.
We have a community which has embraced the cultural blending of its white Australians, with the indigenous Aboriginal native population, being torn asunder by a system which is ostensibly there to protect the Aborigines, but which in reality, is the instigator of practices which could only have been thought of as barabaric, if they had ever dared to have been acknowledged by an outside world, which must undoubtedly have known of their existence!
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5.0 out of 5 stars class in a glass 3 Mar. 2013
By Kenny B
Format:Kindle Edition
after picking up this book I couldn't put it down but that may have been the jam sandwiches I had been eating and I am eternally grateful to my wife for buying this although she hasn't had her credit card bill this month so she doesn't know yet......the strange title had me zooming over to google search but am still none the the end of the day its a good story in a good book from a good author.....go on try know you want to!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's not often i can say that a book has stuck in my mind since i've read it. I can safely say this one has. Right from the opening page i was hooked. Following the story of aboriginal girl Virginia from being forced to work on a outback farm living in fear of the owner. To learning how to play the violin by the farmers wife. To young Ruby, Virginia's granddaughter who has the same natural gift for playing the violin. This book i'm sure will move you to tears as it did me. Go and read it. But before that read The Hambledown Dream by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story 26 Feb. 2013
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Could not put this book down, Very easy to read and an emotional story, You will enjoy this, But go and Read the Hambledown Dream First.
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This moving story spanning generations had me hooked from the very first page. Dean writes with so much passion & detail, it is was so easy to bring these characters to life in my mind.

The story is an emotional read depicting the brutal & shocking treatment of the Aboriginal people over the decades, family drama & comfort from a truly wonderful musical gift. Virginia is torn away from her mother at a young age & forced to work on an isolated outback station. There she discovers she has a musical gift & is encouraged by the station masters wife to play her violin. Years later Virginia's grandaughter Ruby is blessed with the same gift. Overcoming poverty, domestic violence & family drama, Ruby finds comfort in the music & dreams of sharing her gift with the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book & highly recommend giving it a read. Can' t wait to see what Dean comes up with next.
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