Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair is a fictional narration of young Rosie Stantonâ€™s plight in the post World War II era. The storyÂ â€“ set in a small town in Northern QueenslandÂ â€“ illustrates how even the tiniest, remote places in the world werenâ€™t excluded from the effects of wartime.
Although one would imagine this genre to be that of a dark, heavy story, it is enjoyable and beautifully written. Burning FieldsÂ by Alli Sinclair is a light, encapsulating novel, that allows the reader to experience an insightful snippet into what the post war period would feel like.
As everyone across the globe is trying to find his or her place, fitting back in to society, Rosie, an Anglo-Australian struggles to cope with her return back to her farm, her homeland. She is forced to contend with racism, womenâ€™s rights and sexual discrimination on a daily basis. After returning home from working with the Australian Womenâ€™s Army Service she thought, maybe hoped, things would be different like it was when she was younger.
She falls in love with an Italian immigrant knowing her Father is dead-set against Italians. Rosie struggles to find out why her Father is so full of racist anger towards Italians, in particular. When the answer becomes clear, it changes her whole world.
The story takes a few chapters to hook you in, but the scene is depicted handsomely. Some of the characters lack depth and understanding, but over all, it is a pleasurable book. Ironically, Burning Fields is presented to us along side the â€˜me tooâ€™ movement which demonstrates that the world hasnâ€™t really come very far, since the latter 1940â€™s with these continuing worldwide feministic issues.
I recommend this book and look forward to reading Alli Sinclairâ€™s former five novels, Luna Tango, Dreaming of Spain (e-novella), Under the Spanish Stars, Parisian Dreams (e-novella) and Beneath the Parisian Skies.
Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair
Publisher: Harper Collins
Price: AUD $29.99
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