The Divine Wind

The Divine Wind

by Garry Disher, AA Levine Books

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ISBN-13: 9780439369169
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Garry Disher grew up on a wheat and wool farm in South Australia. He has an MA in Australian History and has lived, worked and travelled in England, Italy, Israel and southern Africa. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first collection of short stories. Garry worked as a writing lecturer between the years 1980 and 1988, before becoming a full-time writer. His publications include short stories, literary novels, crime thrillers, anthologies and award-winning children's titles.

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The Divine Wind 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
fatlamb on LibraryThing 8 months ago
High School LevelThe book did a great job to build up the story, only problem the story took too long to unfold and in the process the book was mostly full of sadness, disparity, death, and very depressing. Unfortunately, the author spent over 75% of the book trying to build up the story to end to a grand finale. The author very informative and detailed did a great job describing the characters, the setting, and the era of time but failed to capitalize on the emotions, feelings, tension, and fight between the characters. The book clearly needed something else; I believe the book could have been more affective if the author chose to bring some good, uplifting, triumph, and positive scenarios into the book. The book uses its four main characters to take us to the early innocent days of their childhood through to their young adult life. The story takes place in Broome a small coastal middle of nowhere town in Northern Australia before World War II, leading to war, through the war, and leaves us hanging by post-war. The main characters are Hart and Alice(brother and sister of British descent born from Broome lower working class), Misty (Japanese female descent born in Broome lower class), and Jamie (British descent upper class from a urban city powerful family). These characters build the story about friendship, betrayal of friendship, lost of friendship, and regain of friendship. Along the journey of friendship and lovers, the characters deal with death, racial tensions, mixed feelings, war, tradition, and sexually. The regain of friendship (romance) climaxes with with Hart and Misty. Misty is sent to a Japanese internment camp and they once will regain their friendship after three years and hundreds of letters. The four characters struggle to find good with themselves and together, and the war only pushes them apart and together and apart again. I thought more of the book to be a novel on history with a war as the main theme with love and romance playing second part. That being said, I would still recommend this book to a high school female students who enjoys misfortune and tragedy romance novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Divine Wind was an alright book. I personally don't think that i would recommend this book to anyone. The begining of this book was very confusing for me and i wasn't really sure what was going on until about a fourth of the way through. Another this that i didn't like was how the went into the Japanese. One minute they were at the movies the next Japanese people were being taken away. The one thing that i did like was the description that the author used. I really didn't like this book very much though and wouldn't read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Divine Wind' is a great book i guess, really easy to read, hooked on the audience in my VCE class but there are parts where i think its not needed and at stages the plot is out of hand and abit confusing but overall i liked it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Book was alright but the characters were'nt all that interesting, either was the plot. Don't waste your time by reading this book. There are better books elsewhere!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really hit rock bottom. The plot is off, the characters are poorly made, and the story line seems like a record player that skips on and on and on. There are definatly better romance world war2 stories at bn, this isnt one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was used for one of our VCE texts, easy to read but the auther tends to loose the plot in some areas. look else were trust me ive had to read it 20 times over the year
Guest More than 1 year ago
The divine wind... what could you say about it? I know it was a exeilent book very enjoyable with veiws on everything fron manliness to racisim. Garry Disher has done a very good job in creating this book and they way it is protrayed through the war is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Divine Wind. It was a dramatic book that hooked you into the characters and made you have different views on them. I didn't like mitsy. She was ignorant.