Watercolours

Watercolours Eleven year old Novi just wants to blend in but it isn t easy when you re named after a type of silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town A descendant of the first Italian silk growers in n

  • Title: Watercolours
  • Author: Adrienne Ferreira
  • ISBN: 9780732292164
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eleven year old Novi just wants to blend in, but it isn t easy when you re named after a type of silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town A descendant of the first Italian silk growers in northern New South Wales, he is an obsessive artist with a habit of drawing the stories of the people around him and a secret conviction that the river murdered his grandfatheEleven year old Novi just wants to blend in, but it isn t easy when you re named after a type of silkworm and have the most eccentric family in town A descendant of the first Italian silk growers in northern New South Wales, he is an obsessive artist with a habit of drawing the stories of the people around him and a secret conviction that the river murdered his grandfather.Dom Best is new in town, new to teaching and alarmed to discover that one of his young students is gifted Hindered by inexperience, he must overcome his lack of confidence to support Novi s talent, encouraging the boy to unleash the secrets of his unusual family history through his art Little does he know the devastating consequences his involvement in Novi s life will have.Drawing on the little known history of silk growing in Australia, WATERCOLOURS explores how people are shaped by their links to the past and their relationship to the place in which they live This surprising and poignant debut novel explores the struggle between art and censorship, personal faith and self doubt, and celebrates the beautiful clarity and colour a child s eye view can bring to the adult world.

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    1. Watercolours by Adrienne Ferreira is the story of Novi, an child prodigy, and his struggle, through his art, to find the truth of his grandfather’s death. Novi is an outsider, and like all artists, a fine observer.The story is set in a town that seems like home turf to me, and I loved the detail: from local government corruption, garlic drying in the shed, to the endlessly delayed highway bypass. The characters became real people in my mind; Dom the self conscious young teacher. Camille; 35 ye [...]

    2. I’m really glad I picked this up. It caught my eye from the unique cover art. This is a book about a young artist in Australia, his small town, and the people around him. It’s told from multiple viewpoints, which seems to be a popular storytelling device recently, but this author does an absolutely fantastic job with it. Each character’s voice is extremely different and authentic.

    3. I really enjoyed this book - it was gentle, humorous and quirky. It gave a great sense of the rural setting and of social diversity even in a small town. Really nicely handled - it was a book I wanted to share and have other people enjoy.

    4. An enjoyable, beautifully written and crafted tale of a talented boy artist and his small minded country town.

    5. A charming novel full of delightful characters. Friday Morning Book Club had a great chat about this novel this morning despite the chilly weather.We gave it 7/9/9/6/8/9/8/6

    6. This was a wonderful read. The characters are very realistically portrayed and you develop a strong attachment to them. I loved her descriptions of the setting which reminded me of where we live and her writing was beautiful without being artificial. I woke up at four this morning and couldn't get back to sleep so I decided to read for a while and just couldn't stop reading this. This book deserves much greater recognition in Australia and I hope Ferreira is writing more.

    7. A debut Australian novel set on a north coast river. The most memorable aspect is the portrait of Novi, a boy with a prodigious artistic talent. His drawings are disturbing and they do disturb the town. His teacher and school librarian work together to support him. There is an underlying mystery about how Novi’s grandfather died. I found this aspect less convincing. Sometimes I thought the style is too markedly ‘beautiful’ – indeed, rather forced.

    8. Felt this book got off to a slow start. Didn't really connect with a lot of the characters and would have loved more exposition of the town's dark side. Felt it covered a small section at the end of the book.

    9. Gorgeous novel; Ferreira paints as beautiful picture with her words as her protagonist Novi does with his art supplies.

    10. An evocative story touching the lives of a variety of characters living in a small town called Morus. Gripping and utterly Australian.

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