RIP Bryce Courtenay

November 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 pm by David Farrar

One of the world’s great novelists has died, aged 79. I have read everyone of ’s books (except the last). Like many I discovered him through The Power of One – a truly great novel.

His Australian trilogy were equally good, especially enjoying the New Zealand aspects to them. Mary Abacus is a fascinating character, and the story (and book) of Jessica is heart breaking.

Very sad we will get no more novels from him, but I predict his books will be read for decades to come.

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9 Responses to “RIP Bryce Courtenay”

  1. backster (2,150 comments) says:

    I concur maybe Australasia’s greatest author.

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  2. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Just like Phar Lap was a great Australasian horse!!!

    Courtenay was a South African.

    Love the Aussie’s if you have a modicum of success at anything and happen to travel through one of their transit lounges, you are an Australian.

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  3. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    Sorry he is dead.

    hated his books

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  4. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    Phar Lap quite simply was an Australian horse. In the racing industry we consider him a ‘NZ-Bred’ Australian Horse.
    You don’t hear the English desperately trying to claim Makybe Diva…
    Phar Lap is an Aussie icon- let them have him. (most New Zealanders know nothing about him other than the outlandish claim that “The Aussies stole him from us”…)
    I could go on all night about NZ sports ‘icons’ Andrew Mehrtens, Irene Van Dyk and Scott Dixon but this is a thread about the sad passing of Bryce Courtenay.

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  5. sparky (235 comments) says:

    RIP Bryce Courtney. I just loved his books.

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  6. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Yes, a 72 year old author passed away, it is sad.

    But seriously there is a big differnce between a popular novelist and a great novelist i.e Patrick White, Noble Laureate, Tom Keneally.

    And as a once habitue of Phar Lap Raceway, Phar Lap was not not only a new Zealand horse but a South canterbury horse.

    Keppler Wessels,Tony Greig, Barry Sheene

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  7. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    PEB- Aaah I almost forgot that you were from down those parts…Waimate wasn’t it??

    Kepler Wessels- Now there was a fine opening batsman from the 80s. If only South Africa were to get banished again- The Black Caps could possibly make use of Amla and Kallis right now…

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  8. Jim (397 comments) says:

    April Fool’s Day was a compelling read, nicely written. Always seem to me that non-fiction beats anything imagined – and Bryce Courtenay writing his son’s life story is a good example.

    The biggest difference between a popular novelist and a Nobel laureate is that the latter is decided by academics :p

    His books may not have been literary fine art, but they hit the spot for a lot of people. Well done. May he rest in peace.

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  9. gump (1,634 comments) says:

    I found his books to be somewhat formulaic.

    But I guess that is what people wanted.

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