When we went to Tropical Paradise last week, I took this book to read - The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay (another Australian author)
This is a story about grief set in the south coast of NSW in a town called Thirroul (DH Lawrence fans will recognise the name) after the end of World War 11. Ani's husband is killed in a work accident and the story follows her starting a new life while working through her grief. There are a couple of other characters who come into her life and they too are struggling with their own loss resulting from the war but Ani's grief so consumes her that they are left on the edges of her life and she only allows them in momentarily. The war casts a shadow over the town even though it's been over for 5 years and Ani comments that during the war she though that on the day it ended life would go back to normal and she didn't understand that the consequences would go on forever. I found the journey of her grief to be well written - as she clings to the memory of her husband and is afraid that if she allows other people in that she will lose him forever. I was a bit disppointed with the ending because it seemed a bit abrupt but then I went back to re-read it and found that Ani was looking at the dawn of a new day and I realised that she was beginning to look to the future with hope.
The novel is well written with some beautiful language and one thing I really appreciated was the imagery the author used to describe the trains and the ocean. It was so effective that I could see the beautiful colours and hear the trains' whistles. I'm pleased that I've 'discovered' another Australian author.
Do you like to read printed books or digital books? A couple of months ago I would have said I preferred real printed paper books but now I'm a convert and prefer to read books on my IPad. It took me a while to appreciate the technology but now I can't imagine going back to printed books. I love the convenience and am looking forward to having less clutter. I bought Robin (an avid reader) an IPad for his birthday and the boys said that he would never read books on the it. But, surprise, surpise he took to it like a duck to water. Go figure.
Until next time