The White Earth

The White Earth

Book - 2006
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"When young William's ineffectual father is killed in an accidental fire, he is cast upon the charity of an unknown great-uncle, John McIvor. The bitter, childless old man had been brought up to expect to marry the heiress to Kuran Station-a grand estate in the Australian Outback-only to be disappointed by his rejection and the subsequent selling off of the land. His life has been devoted to putting the estate back together; he has only recently partially succeeded and moved into the disintegrating, once-elegant mansion, Kuran House. McIvor tries to imbue William with his obsession for the land. He enlists him to work in a crackpot political party he is active in, whose policy is to thwart the Aborigines' attempts to recover ancestral territory. For recently passed laws entitle the native peoples to reclaim certain sacred sites. William's mother desperately wants her son to ingratiate himself so that he will become John McIvor's heir. But what no one knows, because neither his uncle nor his mother actually ever see him, is that William is ill and his condition is gradually worsening."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCG
Characteristics: 376 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Nov 16, 2014

William and his widowed mother go to live with his Uncle John (at least I think he is his uncle) and before he knows it, he is pulled into John's nightmare of a life. John, brought up to believe he is the heir to a grand farm estate, has seen it all snatched from him. He worked his whole life to regain his treasured inheritance and now is dying. He sees William as the perfect chance to pass on the land he has gathered to himself and maintain the dynasty pictured in his brain. The whole tone of the book is bleak. There has been a drought for years and no farm is flourishing. Changes in agriculture, markets and big business ownership have made their mark. You know as you read this story that there are dark dark secrets under the fragile surface and you worry that William will come to harm. I found this story kept me interested and reading to the very last page.

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