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Tremain's protagonists are Harriet and Joseph Baxter, who (along with Joseph's mother) leave England for the promise of the new world that New Zealand represents. Needless to say, their relocation comes with many attendant (and nigh-insoluble) problems. But their struggle against the land continues apace until Joseph discovers gold in a nearby creek and ill-advisedly conceals the find from his mother and his wife. Gold fever takes an all-consuming grip upon him, and he leaves the family-owned farm to traverse the gold fields of the Southern Alps. There he will find a strange fate: one that affects those he has left behind as well as him.
As a study of human nature in extremis, this could well be Tremains most impressive book. Lacking the elegant stylishness of Restoration, The Colour grants us a fastidiously rendered picture of life lived at the sharp edge. And while her characters are confronted with terrifying decisions that few of us are ever likely to encounter, Tremains narrative gifts make it easy to identify with the decisions (both wise and catastrophic) that her characters take. The sense of period is forcefully conveyed, and while this is not as ingratiating a read as such earlier Tremain books as The Swimming Pool Season, her new level of ambition makes it perhaps the authors most important book yet. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A great read made all the more interesting as I found I had worked on a large sheep station where she would have crossed to the west coast before the present day road was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stan
Rose Tremain tells this story with clarity and not a single unnecessary word. A heartbreaking telling of New Zealand's hopeful immigrants.Published 3 months ago by Emumac
I have read several books by Rose Tremain, who I find is an excellent book writer. This was a present for my daughter and I am sure she will love it.Published 4 months ago by Guess Who
I love Rose Tremain's quirky writing and while not my favourite, 'The colour' is a lovely read full of passion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kitty parsons