‘The Silver Moon’ is 123 pages long. And oh, what magnificent pages they are!
This is Bryce Courtenay’s last book. I thank him very, very much.
I like the theme ‘Reflections’. It’s much better than an autobiography because you get closer to his heart and soul.
There is a short Forward summarising his life. Then there are quotes; snippets; how he came to writing; what the title means; writings on his pets and his love of gardening; how his first book ‘The Power of One’ turned from a doorstop to a published novel and 17 pages on ‘How to Write a Work of Popular Fiction’.
The two chapters that touched my heart the most (and I can hear it singing now) are on Words. I love words. I love writing and I love reading good stories. For me, I have never read anything more beautiful, imaginative and powerful as these 12 pages on Words.
Here’s a mixed sample – ‘some words run softly on tip-toe; some are so rounded at the edge and softened by wear; some stick like burrs; some remain forever unspoken and some phrases clunk … but they’ve all come to work.’
Bryce sums himself up simply – ‘I am a storyteller.’ And he says ‘I can’t conceive not doing it. It is a compulsive and impulsive thing’. Yes! We do need good storytellers.
‘The Silver Moon’ is 123 pages of sheer delight, courage and never giving up. If you love words and storytellers, read this book.
PS – I have only read two of Bryce Courtenay’s books. They are the short ones – ‘The Family Frying Pan’ and ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’. Time now to start reading the long ones, starting with ‘The Power of One’.
PPS – Here’s my favourite Bryce Courtenay words in a graphic.
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