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by Bryce Courtenay

eBook The Potato Factory download ISBN: 1552780147
Author: Bryce Courtenay
Publisher: McArthur & Company (1998)
Language: English
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Bryce Courtenay The Potato Factory For my beloved wife, Benita, who always had absolute faith and never failed to wrap it in abundant love.

Bryce Courtenay The Potato Factory For my beloved wife, Benita, who always had absolute faith and never failed to wrap it in abundant love. Preface Some people are bound to argue that this book is the truth thinly disguised as fiction and others will say I got it quite wrong. Both sides may well be correct. That Ikey Solomon existed and was perhaps the most notorious English criminal of his day is not in dispute, and whereve. For my beloved wife, Benita, who always had absolute faith and never failed to wrap it in abundant love. Some people are bound to argue that this book is the truth thinly disguised as fiction and others will say I got it quite wrong.

The Potato Factory is a 1995 fictionalised historical novel by Bryce Courtenay, which was made into a television miniseries in Australia in 2000. The book is the first in a three-part series, followed by Tommo & Hawk and Solomon's Song. The Potato Factory has been the subject of some controversy regarding its historical accuracy and its portrayal of Jewish characters.

Ikey had been successful beyond her wildest expectations. Hannah began to see how she might one day escape to America or Australia, where she could set up as a woman of means and attain a position in society befitting her role as a wealthy widow with two beautiful daughters and four handsome sons, all eligible to be married into the best local families. It had always been quite clear in Hannah's mind that Ikey would not be a witness to her eventual triumph over the ugly scars which had so cruelly spoiled her face and with it, her fortune.

Solomon's Song (The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay. Year Published: 1999. The free online library containing 450000+ books. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Book 1 of 3 in the Potato Factory Trilogy Series. Ikey Solomon is in the business of thieving and he's very good at it. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress.

Ikey moved quickly up the steps to the doorman, who, as is the nature of his profession, had been alert to his arrival at the moment his coach had pulled up.

at and adjusted his gold-braided top hat, conscious of the well-polished carriage and the livery of its retainers, and was therefore hardly surprised at the conservative, well-dressed gentleman who stepped from it onto the sidewalk.

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The Potato Factory book. It deals with the populating of the British colonies in Australia, Tasmaina, and New Zealand.

Comments: (7)
Zymbl
British, Australia and especially Tasmania penal history. A great read - Historical fiction? Why and how New South Wales and Dieman's Island were populated by the British in the early 1840's. The writer shows the trials and circumstances of three different but connected people all who live within the lower ranks of London population. A GREAT story if you are interested in history.
Tygokasa
I seldom pick up a book that is such a page turner that my friends notice my antisocial behavior when I sit in a corner with my kindle. This is one of those books. It was very difficult to put it down.

I am amazed that Courtenay is not a more widely read author in the states. His books are well crafted, his characters engaging, and the stories flow along briskly.

This is my second Courtenay book. I had previously read "Whitethorn" , which was set in South Africa, and was similarly impressed with it.

"The Potato Factory" is laced with real historical figures like Ikey Solomon, a notorious criminal in his time, who is thought to have been the model for Fagin in Oliver Twist. Ikey and several of his family members and "business associates" end up transported to Hobart Tasmania where much of this story unfolds.

Most of the first half of the book takes place in London before the main characters are transported to the penal colony in Tasmania for various offenses including fencing, brothel keeping, and counterfeiting,

I first learned of Ikey in Robert Hughes' excellent history of Australian transportation "The Fatal Shore" and many of the events and characters in Courtenay's novel are consistent with what is regarded as historical fact. Ikey was in the papers a lot in his day.

My partner and I just finished spending a year sailing around Australia including several weeks in Tasmania where we were able to see and even anchor in many of the locations that play a part in this fascinating novel. This experience of actually being in the locations in this book, no doubt, enhanced my appreciation of the setting of this novel but the fact that Courtenay does an excellent job of describing the Tasmanian wilderness should bring the story alive for those who have not had the good fortune to visit the forlorn destination of so many of England's criminal class during the 19th century.

"The Potato Factory" is the first book of a trilogy that includes "Tomo and Hawk" and "Solomon's Song".

One really nice feature of reading books like this on my kindle is that the built-n dictionary lets me instantly look up the definitions of many of the 19th century English words that the street smart characters in this novel use.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels. Courtenay's novel is every bit as good a read as the historical novels of Gore Vidal, whose work I really like.
MisterQweene
What a story!! Incredible research and wonderful development of the characters.
I started listening to the audible version on a drive down to our game farm. It was a 6-hour drive and I was left hanging. I could not wait for the return journey, so downloaded the Kindle version. This meant I had to listen to the parts I had already read on the way back. I can assure you this was no hardship. Bryce Courtenay is a true wordsmith. His imagery and the pictures he paints with words - and I am thinking particularly of his description of Ikey Solomon - are just wonderful!
I would strongly recommend this book. I could not put it down!
JOIN
I was tempted to say that I hated it. I loved both "The Power if One" and "Tandia." This however was far from the engrossing well built narrative of those two books. The problem was simple. Much like the two aforementioned books this one had intricate, well developed characters and plots. The main difference between them was with this one I just didn't care. Even granting that Peekay had a bit of what I call "Batman Complex" (where someone is too well suited, clever, or is precocious beyond believability.) I still very much enjoyed his story and felt tied to his fate. I don't care about Mary or Ikey or other Mary or Bob Marley or anyone or anything going on in "The Potato Factory" I'm sure there are people who will and do like this book. I could not however, recommend this to anyone.
Fenritaur
This is the second time I have read The Potato Factory. It is an even better read than the the first time. To start with its a great story and carries the reader through countless sub stories with evocative plots and wonderful characters. Despite a heavy reading schedule the reader is finally left with a very strong desire to read the next book in the series. During the second reading i was able to take in the amazing descriptive writing which mark a Courtenay novel and to loose myself in the timewarp he creates in both London and Tasmania as this great story unravellels and the characters mature and change with time.
Mullador
i have and read the book on Kindle but I bought the hard copy for a friend who concurred with me that Potato Factory is
a great read. I have been interested for many years in early Victorian England and this book certainly depicts the society at that time. It describes
the class differences and the struggles of the less fortunate a lot more graphic that Charles Dickens did.Courtnay's character development of
Iky Solomon, Mary and Hannah is incredible. The rader will despise the characters and then sympathize with their situation. Love and hate is a strong theme in this book.
the monster
I did not stop to review this novel: The Potato Factory, by Bryce Courtenay because it is part of the Australian Trilogy and I could not wait to read more of the story of its characters. It satisfies on many levels, giving me an history based experience of the London Eastside, England's justice system, and what happened to criminals who were transported to Tasmania, to name a few. It is a view of class in British society from the lowest level, the sharp perceptions of two survivors, Ikey Solomon and Mary Abacus. The events of their lives, apart and together, lay a foundation for an unparalleled story you will not be able to put down.
Read all three, you will not regret it.