Friday, March 22, 2019
Review of 'The Colour' by Rose Tremain
Lots of nice detail about the mechanics of a gold rush, and something about the presence of Chinese migrants in it.
I think it's particularly good in representing the other-worldly feeling of New Zealand, which I remember from my short trip there in the late 1980s. Hard to characterize exactly, but I think it comes from NZ having a temperate latitude much like North Western Europe, but very different species of animals and plants...so it feels like a weird, imperfect copy of Britain.