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    The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

    More than a story of relationships within a marriage, the key characters are almost the total focus with only brief appearances of support characters. With their obvious very different personalities how they ever became a couple is difficult to comprehend. The obstacles of a multi race inheritance of appearance is one thing to deal with in the time of the White Australia policy, holding an English “white” passport indicating English nationality even though Indian by birth, the darker appearance brings to light the subtle but obvious discrimination for which today is still present in Australia. Henry is always cold in England, it seeps into his very being and he constantly reminiscences on his life as a child in India, the richness of foliage and warm climate. Charlotte on the other hand loves the grey tones and bleakness of her England. Australia seems to be the next best thing, Henry is happy even with the offensive remarks, after all he had to deal with the same remarks in England. Charlotte like many born and bred English immigrants of the time, cannot adjust to this emerging frontier like country with its huge bright skies, heat and dryness, lack of facilities and unsophisticated ways. The lesson to both when they each return to the country of memories is that memories are selective and returning eyes see so differently.
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    The other side of the world

    This was a great read overall especially relevant as i come from Perth. At times I became impatient with constant descriptions of the landscape and fauna, wanting the author to get on with the story.
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    Dull and depressing

    I struggled to finish this book. Found it quite boring and depressing. So many little details that i found myself skimming over them to get to the story.
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    Other side of the world

    Quite a sad story with troubled characters... was hard to keep reading because of the long descriptions of scenery and events. Very drawn out.
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    Most enjoyable and different.

    Descriptions of time and places,people and feelings, memories and even weather conditions tie the story together seamlessly. I needed to know the fate of the characters and was compelled to keep reading.The conclusion was satisfying. I wanted it to be longer than it was. Very enjoyable.
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