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The narrator’s accent sometimes seemed a little off but that’s understandable given the storyline. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character. As usual at the end of one of Courtenay’s books I’ve finished learning something about a culture and history I had little knowledge of previously but I’ve been so engrossed in the story during the telling that I didn’t realise it was happening at the time.

I didn’t like Simon overly much and was extremely frustrated by everything tondo with Mercy B Lord’s secrecy, though I guess I understand it.

Courtenay committed the dreaded sin against which Elmore Leonard cauti Bryce Courtenay is without a doubt my favourite author but this book was a disappointment. Notify me of new comments via email. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay

Fortunately, Simon has a friend and eventually lover in Mercy B. Simon is supposed to be likeable and good-hearted but he’s completely self- absorbed and obsessed by looks – MBL’s and his own lack of them. The stage is set for the reader to be whisked briefly into the seventh decade of the twentieth century Sydney and the lives of the now prosperous descendants of the original characters, prior to moving north to Singapore’s emerging business world and its beautiful women.


Am Forthne older and wiser or simply old and bitter? Lord disappear to on Thursdays? On the other hand it was very acceptable and the characterisation in the reading was superb!

When he takes a job in Singapore we learn the value of “face” and guanxi influence in Chinese business and culture. Some of the descriptions were agonising, and yet I finished it in just over a week, so really I must have enjoyed it: My first Bryce Coutenay book and if it is anything to go by Courgenay want to read more.

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A decent story well told, but one would expect no less from the author of The Power of One. You can pick up any of Courtney’s book series, like Persimmon Tree or Potato factory and you will be enthralled.

Thommo returns from Vietnam to an Australia that regards him as a mercenary guilty of war crimes. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. One person found this helpful. And where all is not what it appears to be.

I loved this book. I got a little tired of hearing Simon referring to himself as I am audible book addict, and this is why listening to a good narrator is vital to me. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

I have come to expect great story telling from this author, and while the story was there, it was not as compelling as his other books. But there are many strikes against his being able to do his job. There were many interesting details of Asian cultural ways and thinking in this book but the characters lacked somehow.

Dust and Glory By: Fortune Cookie sat on my bookshelf, patiently waiting its turn to be read for nearly twelve months. Contrived, cliched, corny and condescending.


Fortune Cookie

I enjoyed the entire plot as well as the family history that was revealing itself in the then present-day characters’ lives. That alone merits a bump up in the ratings—3 stars! May 05, Karin Christo fortjne it it was amazing. This narrative commences during Australia’s gold rush of the s with the main characters soon finding ways to make a living other than digging for gold.

I’m not sure why I keep reading Bryce Courtenay when I don’t brcye to ever like the way they turn out. Is this feature helpful? It is extremely long in parts, with redundant and in many cookid The main character, Simon, is I continue to enjoy Courtenay’s books and have only a couple more to listen to.

From wartime Asian comfort houses to CIA spy rings, Bryce Courtenay takes us on a thrilling journey with a great love story at its heart. He is most well-known for his Australian historical books such as The Story of Danny DunnThe Potato Factory but this book is a departure from those.

To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. Ryan is a year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. I was a little disappointed with this book. Visit Bryce on Facebook: I think in this case Mr. Nine months later, a baby is born Set against the wretched trade in drugs and human misery operating during the Vietnam War, Bryce Courtenay’s Fortune Cookie is a spellbinding thriller, with a story of love against impossible odds at its heart.