Bettany's Book (2020)

Bettany's Book Thomas Keneally Tom Keneally Bettany s Book When Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors pioneer settler John Bettany and convict Sarah Bernard she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next film mast
  • Title: Bettany's Book
  • Author: Thomas Keneally Tom Keneally
  • ISBN: 9780340624753
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
Bettany's Book Thomas Keneally Tom Keneally When Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors, pioneer settler John Bettany and convict Sarah Bernard, she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next film masterpiece Filtered through Dimp s correspondence with her sister, Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, we are drawn into the lives of John Bettany, a man far ahead of his time, asWhen Sydney film producer Dimp Bettany discovers the memoirs of her ancestors, pioneer settler John Bettany and convict Sarah Bernard, she is convinced she has found the vehicle for her next film masterpiece Filtered through Dimp s correspondence with her sister, Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, we are drawn into the lives of John Bettany, a man far ahead of his time, as he shares his vivid impressions of a new colony, and his future wife Sarah and her close relationship with an English murderess.
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  1. John Newcomb

    An epic tale spanning continents and centuries I really enjoy reading Keneally who must be due a nobel prize at some stage However the subjects are always a little dire Here we have the eradication of native Australians in the 19th Century mirroring the slavery and ethnic cleansing in end of 20th Century Southern Sudan But one should not be put off because the over riding humanism and wonderful narrative technique made it very difficult to put down.

  2. Ann

    Lots of interconnected tales in this 600 page tome.Orphaned Australian sisters Prim for Primrose and Dimp for Dimple are very different creatures, but manage to connect until one of them moves to Sudan after a humiliating affair One is a film producer and one is an aid worker.Then, the sister that remained in Australia finds a book written by an ancestor pioneering in New South Wales in the 1840s John Bettany and his story become a way for the sisters to reconnect with each other and the history [...]

  3. Joan

    A powerful story crossing 2 periods in history the settlement of Australia and modern day Sudan Dimp and Prim sisters but completely different One outgoing and confident , the other insecure and rather shy Dimp is handed diaries and letters from their early ancestors and plans to make a movie about it Prim after a disastrous love affair flees to the Sudan to do relief work with the dispossessed She gets romantically involved with a local doctor and with the local problems of famine, starvation a [...]

  4. Sammie

    Didn t get than 50 pages into it Its not often I give up on a book, and I m not saying its a bad book I just don t seem to be able to get into it I find myself skipping over sentences and skim reading rather than absorbing myself into the narrative like I normally would Perhaps I ll revisit this another time, but for now it remains one of a very small group of books that I have left unfinished.I won t rate it, because its unfair to do so having read only a tiny fraction of the whole.

  5. Peter Roe

    I have liked all of the Keneally books I have read but this one was lacking the usual flair It was too disjointed The modern story although compelling based in the Sudan was weak due to a weak central character The story about New South Wales was strong and could have made the book by itself, but was interrupted by these two sisters who did not engender any sympathetic feelings from me The people around them did but they did not Their blandness ruined the book for me, it s only saving grace was [...]

  6. Robert

    Bettany s Book is classic Keneally long, broad and impossible to categorize there are books within the book This novel shows the author of Schindler s Ark again addressing issues of compassion and suffering with great understanding and a compelling sense of period and place Both rural Australia and the nation of Sudan are vividly brought to life, and the parallels and intricacies that cross between the stories make this story both thought provoking and intelligent You ll need time to plow throug [...]

  7. Paula

    How many books combine Sudan with New South Wales Well that s what Thomas Keneally does in this book as the narrative time travels between Jonathan Bettany, who was one of the first white men to stake a claim to a farm in NSW and his descendant Primrose, who works for an NGO in Africa The book gave me a lot to think about as well as teaching me about two places I have never been, which for me are two of the main criteria for a good read It might take the length of several flights from Sudan to A [...]

  8. Selma Mustapha

    Although admittedly easier to read than the author s Schindler s Ark or Schindler s List, depending on which publication , it took me some time to get into the story and some time to finish reading the book I must say that the jumping of scenes between 19th century New South Wales and present day Sudan did not seem as seamless to me as has been said by others, but nonetheless the book, on the whole, makes for a good read and a great deal of thinking and reflection.

  9. Kate

    Had read it once before and enjoyed it as much the second time around though it took me six weeks to get through it as I ve been so busy Loved the contrast of the three interwoven storylines colonial Australia, contemporary Sydney and war torn Sudan.

  10. Lulu

    I want to like this book but I m not a fan of letters as a form of narrative and think if an author must use this device then there needs to be a distinct difference between the voices ie between the narrative and the letters and in this case there isn tbut I will persist a little longer

  11. Cath

    Took me a while to get into this I enjoyed the 2 time periods and 3 stories going on at once Well written and held the attention The downside was 600pages Just too long.

  12. Michael Mullen

    I would struggle to equate another modern writer with the literary ingenuity manifested in this novel.

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