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Heritage From The Ruins Of Berlin To The Birth Of Israel, From The Italian Alps To The Australian High Country, Heritage Is A Passionate And Fast Paced Tale Of Rebirth, Struggle, Sacrifice And Redemption, And A Tribute To Those Who Gave Meaning To The Australian Spirit I didn t like this one at first but the I read the it interested me The horror of the Death camp, the way the Nazis escaped and this one Nazi s trail of murder was so well told as was the story of Ruth one of his victims who escaped The way they all ended up in The Snowy Scheme is totally believabe given the times I remember and the friends who met there. A sweeping tale of bravery, love and human endurance, with the backdrop of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales We follow the lives of some of the inhabitants of Cooma, a small town experiencing a boom of migrant workers from the nearby Hydro Electric scheme Beautifully told, Judy Nunn weaves an evocative story, telling the lives of local characters and those from further afield, filling us in on their background stories, and how they came to the town.Some characters struggle with prejudice and hypocrisy, but for the most part the migrants manage to integrate quite well We meet those that have struggled just to exist through WW2, and those with a privileged upbringing that have never known hardship We laugh, love and breath along with them, as they make a new lives for themselves.I really did enjoy this book, becoming immersed and invested in the characters quite quickly I d be reading and look up to find hours had passed Yet the big problem I had with this book was how several people with interlocking lives in the past would suddenly and independently, unbeknownst to each other, all end up in one small town on the other side of the world It was just too big a coincidence to me, and I found it slightly annoying That was the only downfall of this book for me, and I do recommend it to lovers of Australian Historical Fiction.3.5 stars rounded up to 4. starsAs a West Australian girl born and bred, the construction of the NSW based, Snowy Mountains scheme to bring hydroelectricity to the region from the late 1940 s, through to the early 1970 s, seems to have escaped my attention One of Australia s best known storytellers, Judy Nunn, ensures that this pivotal engineering project is not lost in the history books.Following the devastating effects of World War II, many refugees decided they needed a new future abroad, leading them to seek opportunities offered by countries such as Australia From all corners of the globe, these displaced people came to the land down under, answering the call for labour, after Australia suffered a skills shortage following the war One of Australia s largest construction and engineering projects that commenced soon after the war was the Snowy Mountains based hydro electric scheme Work on the construction of the various tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts was dangerous, back breaking but fundamental to Australia Heritage is a grand narrative and a true testament to the colourful cultures that came together to produce this amazing engineering feat.Heritage is the ninth novel I have read by an author I admire, Judy Nunn The tried and tested formula of Nunn s historically based Australian fiction sagas just seems to work every time I am always astounded by the extent of research and detail Nunn puts into each of her novels Heritage, which was published back in 2005, is no exception It just seems a shame I waited this long to read Heritage I feel quite embarrassed that as an Australian, I did not know anything about the Snowy Mountains scheme until I read Nunn s book However, through the experience of reading Heritage, I was able to develop an appreciation for the many years of hard work that went into the construction of this engineering enigma As with many of Nunn s books, I always feel the urge to visit the site of the focus of her novels and Heritage was a book that ensured that I placed the Snowy Mountains region as a must see site.Combined within this accessible history of Australia s largest construction scheme, Heritage is the story of a small collection of characters that come from varying areas of the globe to Cooma, the main site of the hydro scheme Nunn s exploration of her core characters, such as Lucky, Pietro and Ruth, provides the reader with an insight into the cosmopolitan nature of the Cooma site during the years of the scheme Nunn s characters all have interesting, complex and varying personal histories She is able to give a good cross section of experiences of post World War II life, from Italy, to Israel and Germany Each of these experiences is individualised and is drawn from the myriad of real life migrant stories to come out of the construction of the scheme Perhaps the story that struck a chord with me the most was the Holocaust aspects and one of the main players of the novel, Ruth s experiences Nunn handles these aspects of the novel with historical insight and a sense of sentimentality that moved me almost to tears All these stories compounded well, with the exception of a few coincidences.Heritage is novel that is grand in scale and purpose I believe Nunn succeeds in bringing the reader a historically grounded book that intertwines the fascinating and colourful personal stories of the pioneering engineers of the hydro electric scheme Heritage also offers a solid portrait of the post World War II period in Australia, with many of these feelings expressed in the novel felt across the world Heritage is another winner from top Australian storyteller, Judy Nunn. 5 stars, if for nothing else because I could not put it down I found myself questioning when this book started, given that the blurb on the back talked about the Snowy Mountains, but the story soon grabbed me, and did not let go The plot moved through some twists to turns, some of which were a little obvious to me, and others which were not, and utterly shocked me The climax was rather well done, but I would have preferred the resolution to have been twice as long again I am consistently surprised with this authors work, and I must read of it.

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