King Rich

King Rich

eBook - 2015
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The haunting story of two people linked by disaster and a desire for the truth, set amid the physical and emotional devastation of a post-earthquake Christchurch. A love story. Of sorts. At dusk he lights the candelabrum, creating an island of light in the centre of the room, animating the faces of the two dressed mannequins, glinting off the cutlery, the long array of glasses, the cellophane wrappers on the biscuits, the chocolate's silver foil. And the margins of the room are lost in the murk, might as well not exist. Richard smiles at the effect, at the little oasis of festivity and commemoration in a wide dark world. Christchurch, days after the February 2011 earthquake. Richard hides, with a lost dog, in an abandoned, leaning hotel. Annie returns from England, seeking a lost father in her battered home town. Vince relives the most significant emotional experience of his life. What binds these lives together, and what tore them apart? Joe Bennett's first novel is the work of a superb writer at the top of his game.
Publisher: Auckland :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (290 pages)
Additional Contributors: Wheelers Books
Custom Field2: Not recommended for use on the libraries' public computers.
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Jan 10, 2016

Oh, how I love Joe Bennett. For years I have read his non-fiction and newspaper columns, and followed his life and that of his many canine companions. His first foray into fiction was a winner for me. Obviously, as I live in Christchurch, the earthquake part of the story brought back a lot of memories of the horror and devastation we experienced, and I can picture every street and landmark he writes about. For me, the story was amazing, and I cried many tears for Rich, and the cruelty of our society. The inclusion of a dog was awesome (yes, I am an animal lover), but Joe, what happened to Friday ?!?! I'd like to think that you adopted him and he is happily roaming the hills of Lyttelton with you.

Dec 26, 2015

On the whole, although too close to home for this reader, Joe has done a very good job with his first novel.He's known for being a keen observer of human nature, and dog nature too for that matter, through his columns and pithy non fiction.He knows Christchurch. All the themes he explored in the novel tied in nicely.A good if rather uncomfortable read.

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