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Salt Creek, 1855, lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including fifteen-year-old Hester Finch. Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can: with the few travellers that pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed. Over the years that pass, an Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family. Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods, and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?… (mais)
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Salt Creek por Lucy Treloar

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What a gorgeous book this is. One of my supervisors suggested that I read it as an example of excellent historical literary fiction, and I am very pleased I did, even if I now despair to write something that even comes close to it! It was quite painful to read at times, but never gratuitious in its descriptions of the wrongs done to the first inhabitants of Australia.

Towards the end, I was a little disappointed by the villainous depiction of the father, but I think this was softened a little by the conclusion. There's a lot of talk in here of human nature (as, indeed, there would be in a book written during this period, instead of about it), and his treatment in the narrative is well aligned with that.

All-up, an engrossing story written with a lovely style.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
A very well-written compelling story about a family trying to make a living in Australia in the 1860s. The Finch family has little luck with various farming ventures. The story is narrated by Hester, the eldest daughter who is 15 at the beginning of the novel. Through her eyes, we see her mother's struggle with depression and pregnancy, and her father's zealous belief in the bible, and in bringing enlightenment to the Aboriginals -- largely by virtually adopting Tully, a young black boy. The novel explores themes of colonization, racial equality, family values and the role of women. It is the kind of story that will stay with me, and one that has me contemplating issues and perspectives days after I've read it. ( )
  LynnB | Sep 28, 2018 |
This was a wonderfully written and evocative book and goes a long way to capturing the human condition through its narrative and characterisations. Set in 1855, the Finch family leave the comforts of their city life and “good society” after falling on hard times and set off to the remote and beautiful Salt Creek.

Told through the eyes of Hester Finch, the eldest daughter and fifteen when the story starts, we see the family flung into an inhospitable coastal wildness inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri people. Her father Stanton Finch hopes for a change in his family’s fortunes by becoming a grazier.

The clash of cultures in this appears at first so supple when an Aboriginal boy, Tully, becomes a friend and part of the family. But as we slowly see the destruction not only of the Ngarrindjeri people’s land and the people themselves, we also see what might also be the destruction of the Finch’s family unit as each member deals with Stanton Finch’s unmovable belief that civilisation is best for the natives and in turn progress will return his family fortunes.

Watching her father trying to make right all that is wrong in the world, including his own fundamental flaws and her family and the Aboriginals flounder under his choices, causes Hester to question all she understands about her family, the Aboriginals, and herself.

This has a deceptive and slow build up to a very powerful story about love, loss and hope set during harsh times in a harsh society, told with both empathy and insight, which made it impossible for me to put down after I had read a few pages. ( )
  Sharon.Robards | Jan 18, 2018 |
I borrowed this book on a recommendation from LT member, jeniwren, who I thought to be a pretty good judge of literature and who shared similar interests to me, but is a much more sophisticated reader. It turns out she was right! With the exception of a section about 3/4 of the way through which seemed to lose direction a little, I found this a thoroughly engaging and worthwhile read. There are many issues dealt with and yet I didn't feel significant areas were being glossed over. There's 19th century religiosity, white-indigenous relations on both a cultural level and a personal level, father-daughter relationships, families, risk-taking and loss, crime and punishment, health, sexuality, masculinity, and more! There's clearly been a lot of research behind the story so it has an evident ring of truth. ( )
  oldblack | Oct 24, 2017 |
A wonderful fictionalized account of life in South Australia during 1850's and 1860's. The Finch family, try their luck at farming on the bleak southern coast of Australia. The father, Stanton is ill-equipped and ill-financed for the venture. The land previously inhabited by aboriginals seems cursed, as one venture after another fails and the family becomes fractured by death and disharmony. The author creates a vivid portrait of how the early settlers struggled for survival in a desolate landscape. ( )
  HelenBaker | Oct 7, 2017 |
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Salt Creek, 1855, lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including fifteen-year-old Hester Finch. Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can: with the few travellers that pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed. Over the years that pass, an Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family. Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods, and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?

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