The Colour

The Colour Review

Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity, but the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.

Title:The Colour
Edition Language:English

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  • Jan-Maat

    Despite being a historical novel set in Victorian New Zealand at the time of the 19th century gold rush it has, even more than Music and Silence or Restoration a dreamlike atmosphere.The book has a sy...

  • Chrissie

    Having finished this book, I have decided to rewrite the review. Here is what I like about this writer and this novel:First of all I am impressed with the author's ability to create this story from no...

  • Jeanette

    4.5 starsThe Colour is set in 1860s New Zealand, a time of mad rushing for gold as well as nation-building fueled by heavy immigration. Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone arrive from England with...

  • Roger Brunyate

    Gold RushRush, don't walk or even run, to buy this book! In this magnificent novel of the New Zealand gold rush of the 1860s, epic in scope but intimate in texture, Rose Tremain shows a power that her...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    I think I'll be happy reading anything Tremain writes. This had me in New Zealand in the 1850s and the gold rush. Joseph Blackstone has a past which is revealed to us in bits over the course of 300 pl...

  • Jeanette

    This is a story of the New Zealand Gold Rush of the 1860's. The three main characters are intensely realized to their very thought patterns and perceptions. And not only to their goals of happiness, b...

  • Bettie?

    Description: Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, in search of new beginnings and prosperity, but the harsh land near Christ...

  • Yelena Malcolm

    Ugh! This was one of those books that had a good beginning, about 70 pages or so, and then went tremendously downhill.The novel follows a husband and wife who have decided to start anew in New Zealand...

  • Laura

    I'm one of those very superficial people for whom the setting of a novel is critical. I don't like, or am bored by, the country/city/region where the characters are flung, I don't read the book. I eve...

  • Leoni Hofmeyr

    I recently became curious about Rose Tremain when she featured in a "Good Fiction Guide: 4000 Great Books to Read" and I realised I only knew about her, never actually read anything by her. So I picke...