I Love Books: Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay

FourFires

 

 

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare and fire itself. While there ar many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires gice us our sense of place and, for better or worse, shape our national character.

In a small town like any other small town around Australia live the Maloneys. They are a fifth-generation Australian family of Irish Catholic descent who are struggling to reach thenfirst rungs of the social ladder. The Maloneys are a family you won’t forget: a strong mother, a father broken by war, three boys and two girls, one of whom has an illegitimate daughter. Each of their lives is changed by the four fires.

Four Fires is unashamedly a story of the power of love and the triumph of the human spirit against the odds.

 

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