A River Rules My Life

A River Rules My Life

eBook - 2017
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The original and all-time classic of high-country station life in New Zealand Mount Algidus, the author's home, was one of the great high-country sheep stations of Canterbury, New Zealand. It occupied a mountain range between two ice rivers and lay in the very shadow of the Southern Alps. Published with the Mona Anderson estate as a beautiful hard-back, this new edition brings back the isolated world of the Wilberforce, the river that governed Mona's life for 33 years. In the early 1940s Algidus was regarded as some of the wildest, roughest farming land in New Zealand. 'The river was my Rubicon', Mona said. 'I had heard stories about the terrible Wilberforce: so many people had been drowned in it. I tried not to think about the time when I could have to cross it. But the road had come to an end at a corrugated iron shed. Somewhere beyond it I knew we would find the station, Mount Algidus, a green, high-country oasis amid the snow and the tussock...'
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2017.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (212 pages) :,illustrations, map, portraits.
Additional Contributors: Wheelers Books


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“This book is the story of Mona Anderson’s twenty-three years in one of the most isolated sheep farms in New Zealand, a 100,000-acre station that occupies almost all the country between two great rivers and which runs from their junction back to the Main Divide of the Southern Alps.
Almost at her front door, the Wilberforce River runs in carelessly-braided, thigh-deep channels or as a treacherous, raging flood. When the river level is down the folk of Mount Algidus can reach or leave the station by crossing on horseback or heavy truck; when the river carries rain or thawed snow it fills the wide riverbed, destroys known fords, shifts its gravel banks and channels, and gives warning of danger or death to those who, in folly or of necessity, essay to cross.
But although the river rules, this is not a book of death and danger. It is the story of an isolated little community of homestead folk, shepherds, cooks, and cowboys; of the good neighbours…of the Rakaia Gorge; of the working year with the merino flock; and of the host of characters and experiences that have marked Mrs Anderson’s years at Mount Algidus, and which are recorded with vivacity, honesty and humour.
…it is by no means merely a ‘woman’s book’. A River Rules My Life has notable qualities in its observation and interpretation of back-station life, and Mrs Anderson writes with warm appreciation of the men and women who have shared her life at Mount Algidus, and whose comings and goings have been governed by the ice-cold Wilberforce River.”
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