Kal Paperback – 5 Sep 1997
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Kal is a fabulous Australian saga/adventure. Judy's mother Nancy grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields. Her father was a miner. When Judy was researching Kal, she and her mother went back there and spoke to many people about their memories of the town. The result is a portrait of a town that really lives on the pages, with a skilfully evoked sense of place and character. Kal contains generations of families, two fabulous love stories, gripping adventure, character-led drama, immaculately researched war passages and memorable and engaging characters. It is also Australian in the way many books try to be, but few succeed, and will appeal to both male and female readers.
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The Australian population of Kalgoolie resents the hardworking Italian miners, and a terrible, life-long vendetta is ignited between the two families when the Italians feel they have been cheated out of their mine.
Apart from the tale of these two families, Kal is also a moving romance and a suspense-infused adventure story. With its twists and turns, the plot is rich in characters, and brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of Kalgoorlie and its goldfields, the desolate and unforgiving landscape, WW1 and Gallipoli, and the people whose lives were shaped by these events, both in Australia and in Europe.
I am going to be ordering this book today as I remember what a fantastically well written book this was.
The characters come to life and this is definitely a book which you will find hard to put down again.
I was actually in Australia on holiday and managed to read this book in 3 days which just speaks volumes if you ask me.
I am not generally a book/novel reader but this book is ace.
Well worth a read!
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