Sanctuaryby Published 16 Oct 2017
|Publisher||PenguinRandom House AU|
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In Judy Nunn’s latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.
On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean.
Fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common . . . fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila, who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all.
While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life . . .
But forty kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. Here everyone knows everyone, and everyone has their place. In Shoalhaven things never change.
Until now . . .
The timing of Sanctuary, the 14th novel from trusted Australian author Judy Nunn, is spot on. Who better to shine a light on the plight of illegal immigrants who enter Australia’s shores and the policies our nation has worked around this hot topic, than master storyteller, Judy Nunn. Sanctuary is a novel that works to break down our barriers or preconceived notions of refugees, offering a tale of hope, compassion and understanding.
Sanctuary is situated in Western Australia, based around a fictional small fishing area and island in the area of Geraldton. It is based around the events that transpire when an unseaworthy dingy fights a storm on its way to Australia’s shores. On board are nine refugees, from different countries, cultures and religions, but all wish to seek sanctuary in Australia. The storm wrecks their vessel apart and barely alive, the troop of nine make it to the shores of an island filled with abandoned fishing huts. The group decide to stay put and try to remain hidden on this deserted island. When a local fisherman makes a startling discovery, he changes the fate of the refugees on the island and the community of Shoalhaven, the nearest mainland fishing port.
Judy Nunn is up there amongst my favourite Australian authors. She never ceases to amaze me with her storytelling skills, they are quite remarkable! Nunn has a knack for piecing together elements of our nation’s history, the fabric of our nation – its people and unique settings and placing them on the pages of an engrossing novel. I would say Sanctuary is a novel that is a slight departure from Nunn’s usual style of novel. It is a very contemporary tale and a book that I feel has a story that needs to be told.
Sanctuary has some powerful themes and narrative elements. Ultimately, is a very relevant and fresh study of Australia’s refugee status issue and the policies currently enacted in our country. It is a book that works to break down our constructions and prejudices. By the conclusion of this novel I felt like Nunn had opened my eyes to a whole new view of refugees. Her stance is clear, it is compassionate and is clearly in support of refugees. It is a book that presents refugees in a sympathetic light, to view them as people in their own right, with their own unique, but often tragic back stories.
Nunn has an aptitude for developing well shaped characters. There are quite a few players in this text, but Nunn captures the spirit of each and every character that appears in Sanctuary. I appreciated the opportunity to learn about each refugee that landed on the island, their skills, tragic past and hopes for the future. I also enjoyed getting to know the locals from Shoalhaven such as Lou, Paul and Bev. These strikingly ordinary figures reminded me that acceptance, compassion and the very best of the human spirit exists.
The sense of place is incredibly rich in this novel. Although Shoalhaven and the island of Gevaar are fictional, I still derived a strong sense of place from these authentic locales. I have visited the area of Geraldton, roughly in the same area of which this novel settles itself. As a WA girl, like the author Judy Nunn, I felt Nunn captured the essence and the windswept feel of this area very well indeed.
Underneath the strong themes of this novel is an underlying thread of hope and love. In addition, there is a romantic sub plot involving the most tragic face of this group of refugees, a beautiful woman named Jalila. This passionate and realistic love story managed to get under my skin. I dared to dream that there would be hope for this couple, their future and the refugees. Nunn leaves this aspect of the story open to interpretation.
My final word on Sanctuary is to give Judy Nunn the recognition she deserves in the attention to finite detail contained in her well researched novel. I know from listening to Nunn speak some years ago at an author event that each book she writes takes a two year cycle. Much of this time is dedicated to honing in on her main subject matter. The level of research directed to Sanctuary is faultless and is evidenced in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of the novel, which I encourage you to read.
Sanctuary is a novel that may work to divide some, or educate the reader on an extremely topical issue across our nation and the world, the plight of refugees seeking asylum. It is a tough and emotionally fraught topic, but Nunn takes it in her stride, presenting her audience with a book that reaches deep into the soul of humanity, revealing hope can come from utter despair.
Sanctuary is book #62 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge
I found it really hard to put this book down. The author grabbed my attention from the opening pages with her well-crafted, highly accessible prose. I was drawn into the personal stories of the refugees, and developed a strong affection for some of the characters.
The author has structured the book so that the reader slowly gets to know the personalities and characters of the boat people who are stranded on a small island off the coast of Western Australia. Gevaar Island is a seasonal fishing community, and has a collection of shacks and other infrastructure to support a temporary population during the lobster harvest. Gradually their individual stories of persecution and flight emerge, and their rationale in seeking the assistance of people smugglers to get them to Australia by non-official means. Their dignity, courage and determination to survive in light of the appalling things that happened to them is nothing short of heroic.
The refugees' isolation is broken with the arrival from the mainland of Lou, lobster fisher from the tiny town of Shoalhaven, near Geraldton, WA. He is immediately compassionate and provides them with regular deliveries of food, clothes and other items to support their lives in such a remote location. An Italian immigrant himself, Lou does not inform the authorities, which puts him in breach of Australian law. He does tell his grandson Paul, who becomes a regular visitor to the island as well. The young man forms a strong bond with one of the refugees, a young woman who rarely speaks and is emotionally distant from everyone and everything.
Lou and his family are prominent members of the small Shoalhaven community, which the author profiles in some detail. She gives us an interesting range of characters, all of whom have their own opinions about the current social debates about boat people, Islam, terrorism and offshore detention. The author is careful not to push one particular perspective, and she lets the characters, both refugees and townsfolk, speak for themselves without any editorialising on her part. I really appreciated this balanced approach.
Parts 2 and 3 of the novel take place on the mainland, which shifts the focus away from the group of refugees on the island. Instead the author develops a romantic theme, as the relationship between Paul and the traumatised girl, Jalila, strengthens. This narrative strand has a stronger element of fiction, compared with the quasi-realism of the refugees' stories. Although I enjoyed the unfurling of this plot line, I was a little anxious about what might have been happening to the people left on the island. I really wanted to maintain contact with them and learn more of their stories. The key character Lou provides a link between the two strands, and I think he is one of the most appealing personalities in the book.
Inevitably, the authorities catch up with the island group and take them into custody. I was genuinely interested to see how the author handled this difficult development. With a delicate touch, it turns out. She avoids detailed descriptions of the police and immigration inquiries, and instead reunites the reader with the refugees whose conduct reinforces their innate dignity, compassion and decency.
I really liked this book, and appreciated the author's deft touch in writing about a highly contentious issue in contemporary Australian society. Thanks to AR friend Rosie for my copy. Highly recommended.
Wow, unputdownable. An amazing story, my first by Judy Nunn and definitely not my last. A story of hope, courage, and terrors I hope to never know firsthand. This is a book that taught me a lot more about what refugees have been through than I already knew. This book had me thinking from the start, I've always believed that we as people and definitely as Australians need to have much more compassion and understanding for the people who undertake a harrowing journey they know they may not survive, to escape the unthinkable. This was an amazing story, one I think I may have to read again very soon. The emotion I felt by the end of this novel is intense, in a good but deeply thoughtful way. This story will stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend this as a novel everyone should read.
I'm clearly in a minority here but I found this book disappointing and unfulfilled. A group of refugees is cast aground on an Australian island and the individuals are introduced to the reader, some of them in depth, only for them to virtually disappear from the story as the main plot takes over. The first part of the book takes place on the island but the action then moves to the mainland and these people whose stories we have shared are hardly mentioned again. I found this very disjointed and couldn't see why the author had given us such detail about the lives of characters who no longer featured in the work. It felt to me that large parts of the text had been deleted.
Although the premise of the book was interesting - the rights and treatment of refugees - I felt that it was handled very simplistically and at times found it hard to believe what I was reading. Some of the refugees' interactions with the Australian men didn't ring true considering the formers' background and Jalila's relationship with Paul was unconvincing. I was intrigued as to how the author was going to end this book and so was very disappointed when she didn't! (Unless there is a follow-up book?) I wouldn't recommend this novel because of its lack of depth and fragmented nature.
When nine refugees are stranded together in a tiny dinghy they have no idea where they are or if they will make it. After being adrift at sea for many days they run aground near a small island. Unfortunately the Island is deserted and these nine strangers now fear for their lives more than ever. Will they all or survive or is it too late?
Aussie author Judy Nunn has written a truly wonderful tale of hope and survival. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.