Great coffee and a great book–all I need to while away the hours. The current coffee being consumed here at Casa P is Kicking Horse. I found it recently on Amazon when reorganizing our subscriptions. After trying the dark Kick Ass blend, we’re sold! The Grizzly Claw is their other dark blend and I’m sure it will be just as smooth and delicious. This is not coffee for the faint of heart. Just so you know.On my phone, I’ve been listening to Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay. I finished it this weekend and I’m sad it’s over. But let me back up a bit here.
I first heard of Bryce Courtenay when a friend recommended The Power of One over a decade ago. In the intervening years I have recommended that book to many people. It’s a wonderful story and is in my Top Ten list of favorite novels. It’s the only Courtenay book I’ve ever seen here in the US.
When I got an email from Audible.com a few weeks ago with a couple of Bryce Courtenay novels listed, I was all over it. I had no idea he had written all these other books! I started with Four Fires. The printed book is over 700 pages so I had hours and hours and hours of listening. Even though I would have read it much faster, I must admit, I liked hearing the reader’s accent. (Although now I’m worried I may have learned some Aussie slang with no idea how it’s used in polite company.)
Mr. Courtenay did not disappoint. He is a master storyteller and pays you richly for the time you devote to his stories. Four Fires tells the story of the Maloneys, an Irish Catholic family on the bottom rung of the social ladder in the small fictitious town of Yankalillee, Victoria, Australia. It is rich with emotion, drama, humor and the irrepressible human spirit.
I highly recommend this story, as well as The Power of One. These are stories that will move you–sometimes to tears and sometimes to laughter but always towards the things that are important. Sadly, Bryce Courtenay passed away late last year. You can read about his life and his books at his website.