5 Stars For An Amazing Read By Veronica
August 3, 2015
An Australian Story, by Gordon Smith, was a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down. The classical phrase, “don’t judge a book by It’s cover” definitely applies here. I wasn’t expecting too much from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s evident that Smith has a ton of talent, and really knows his stuff.
There really is a lot going on in this novel. However, despite that, It’s easy to follow along with and keep up with. It starts off with a preface, which gives readers an idea of what the book is going to be about. This is a story about an Australian family, whose history and heritage along with the world they lived in made them remarkable people. We are then told that this is a story based on real events, but there is still some fiction involved in order to fill in any blanks that were left behind. The beginning of this story gives us a look on the history of Australia, and how people used to live back in the day.
What I loved most about this book is that it is sectioned off by each character involved within the family. Many different time periods are introduced that way, which really makes it even more exciting. It begins in 1880, and ends in 1998. I was so intrigued by the way the times changed during this huge time period, and saddened by the events at the same time. This family endured so much, between hardship and loss, and love and courage. Truly inspirational.
This is a must read of any history fan. Definite 5 stars.