Swimmers' Rope

Friends since childhood, Norman and Lyn grow up as next door neighbours in Herne Bay at the turn of the twentieth century When Lyn is sent to manage a central North Island timber mill at the tender age of fourteen, Norman goes to visit him There he is forced to confront a mysterious adult truth Later, in their twenties, the two men commit an act so appalling that it rupFriends since childhood, Norman and Lyn grow up as next door neighbours in Herne Bay at the turn of the twentieth century When Lyn is sent to manage a central North Island timber mill at the tender age of fourteen, Norman goes to visit him There he is forced to confront a mysterious adult truth Later, in their twenties, the two men commit an act so appalling that it ruptures their friendship for many years In 1972 the elderly Norman meets a young woman in a pub Burdened by the memory he must at long last assuage, he presses Bronwyn into becoming his unwilling confessor
Swimmers Rope Friends since childhood Norman and Lyn grow up as next door neighbours in Herne Bay at the turn of the twentieth century When Lyn is sent to manage a central North Island timber mill at the tender ag

  • Title: Swimmers' Rope
  • Author: Stephanie Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781869790257
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Swimmers' Rope”

    1. There's no doubt about it - Stephanie Johnson crafts an excellent novel. And though I never got to like the main character, Norm, I felt deeply sorry for him with his emotionally distant father, his desire to be part of the big family next door, his hero worship of his best friend Lyn (also part of the next door family), his confusion between the rugged and the cultured, and his own illicit sexuality.Norm was born in 1898, though the earliest we get in this novel is a short scene with Lyn in 190 [...]

    2. From the books back cover:"Norman and Lyn have been friends since their childhoods in early 20th century New Zealand, when they grew up as next-door neighbours. Back in 1912, at the age of fourteen, Lyn is sent into the bush to manage a mill. When Norman visits him he has an experience that shapes the rest of his life."The story carries Norman form a young child in the early 20th century New Zealand all the way through to his 70's leaping to and fro between a child and young adult, to a man past [...]

    3. It's an odd one to put my finger on. I felt at times like I didn't really like it that much, but I also couldn't put it down. I suspect that the reason I felt I didn't like it was mostly that at times I didn't like the main character, his decisions pissed me off, as did occassionally some of the other characters, but I suppose if you're talking about reality this would be it! Characters ranged from really good, to not quite three dimensional. The attitudes towards sexuality (in its less than 'no [...]

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