- member since February 20, 2009
Stacey B’s last login was Tuesday, February 2, 2010.
I read Jessica a few years ago and did like it.
I, too, plan to read the other two books in the trilogy. My twin has read all three and said the second is better than the first and the third is the best of all three so it appears that we are in for some interesting literature! (One of her daughter's married an Australian. That's how we were introduced to the author, Courtenay.)
I have also read Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One and the sequel Tandia. TPOO is about a young white boy's struggle to improve his lot in life in apartheid South Africa. It is partly autobiographical as Bryce Courtenay is South African and did use boxing to get ahead in his early life. Even though I totally oppose boxing as a sport, I read the book as I have had an interest in South Africa since the 1970s. (That's another story!) The book was fantastic not because of the plot, but because of the style of writing. Some of his passages are so beautiful, uplifting and/or bittersweet. I was not impressed with the sequel though as it was more plot driven (with negative action including prostitution and other violence including boxing) and had little of the beautiful writing.
Congratualtions on the birth of your baby. Now, you will experience many joys including the joy of eventually introducing him/her (?) to books. That is one of the fond memories I have of motherhood and of teaching young ones--sharing books and experiencing many children grow in their love of reading.