Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River To Hiruharama

Redeeming Brother Murrihy The River To Hiruharama Conrad Murrihy loves his family and his home in Nova Scotia Canada Tensions rise during his mother s prolonged illness until she expresses her final wish to see her eldest son Francis who has not m

  • Title: Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River To Hiruharama
  • Author: Antony Millen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Conrad Murrihy loves his family and his home in Nova Scotia, Canada Tensions rise during his mother s prolonged illness until she expresses her final wish to see her eldest son, Francis, who has not made contact from New Zealand for over two years Conrad reluctantly leaves his homeland in a desperate race to find his brother and return home to his dying mother.Francis MConrad Murrihy loves his family and his home in Nova Scotia, Canada Tensions rise during his mother s prolonged illness until she expresses her final wish to see her eldest son, Francis, who has not made contact from New Zealand for over two years Conrad reluctantly leaves his homeland in a desperate race to find his brother and return home to his dying mother.Francis Murrihy seems just as determined to avoid detection As Conrad s search leads him deeper into the heart of New Zealand, he discovers his brother has been living multiple lives as a Catholic religious, a spoken word poet, a suspected criminal, and a new kind of prophet for local M ori.Conrad s encounters with the people, places, and spirits of New Zealand force him to confront issues in his own life in this story of family, reconciliation, and redemption.Redeeming Brother Murrihy explores the complex spiritual fabric of New Zealand while still telling the simple story of a man trying to mend his family A highly successful first novel a quest for self discovery and redemption written by someone who has a deep understanding of what stirs the spirit Christodoulos Moisa, The River City Press

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    1. Once begun I could not put this book down and was gripped to the end. I am the last person to admit to enjoying this kind of story, because it contains religious content and that always puts me off. But I was gripped by the tension of the need for the search for the missing brother and also being a New-Zealander myself am always fascinated to read a story set in my own country especially when the setting is in the wilder parts of the country as this certainly was. The landscape and riverscape we [...]

    2. I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons: it was something a bit different, it was set—mainly—in rural New Zealand (somewhere I should like to go), and it was written with great sincerity and feeling.Francis Murrihy left Canada with his wife and children to go and live in New Zealand. But after a devastating tragedy all contact with his family back in Canada ceased, inexplicably. When his mother becomes fatally ill, it falls upon his brother, Conrad, to track him down to fulfil his mother [...]

    3. If you are looking for an easy read, this one isn’t for you. Redeeming Brother Murrihy is deep; best read slowly so that you can savour the rich descriptions, poignant inner dialogue, and extensive cultural background that is so skilfully woven throughout. A Canadian born journalist sets off to find his missing brother in the backwoods of New Zealand and bring him back to honour their dying mother’s wish. His quest turns out to be anything but easy as he follows a rabbit trail of clues. In t [...]

    4. When I started reading this I thought it was way out of my comfort zone. It is set in 2004, so it isn’t historical fiction, and there was no old family secret to unearth. But, as I continued reading, I realized that it wasn’t so terribly different from what I usually read. And, there WAS a big family mystery that had to be figured out after all.And while it was the familiarity of solving that mystery that kept me turning the pages, it was the main character’s journey that really made me th [...]

    5. The story of Brother (Francis) Murrihy is told by Conrad Murrihy, his estranged brother. Their mother is dying and at her request Conrad leaves Canada to seek out Francis in New Zealand and return him to her.What follows is a strange journey into King Country NZ. Our narrator is a cynical fellow, with little time for race or religion. Unfortunately for him those are the exact things Francis has gotten himself wrapped up in.While the story is populated by genuine characters and vivid real setting [...]

    6. This book had it all Set in the beautiful country of New Zealand it clearly described the fascinating landscapes as you travelled and were caught up in the anxiety, pain, anger, mystery and intrigue of a brother's search for his lost brother Right down to the unexpected ending you are drawn into the agony of the search all the while learning the culture of the country that he's had to travel to complete his quest. It does not disappoint

    7. Very well written debut. The characterization is very earthy and a sense of expectancy is hammered between the lines from very early on in the narrative.

    8. This interesting novel is about a Canadian man, Conrad, more attached to his birth family than to his wife and child, who reluctantly finds himself travelling to New Zealand to search for his older brother, Francis. It's their mother's dying wish that she should see him again; father tried a few years ago to find Francis but was unsuccessful. One might feel sorry for Conrad, having to fly halfway round the world on what could well be a wild goose chase, unable to have the same last precious time [...]

    9. I loved this story for all the memories it stirred in me having lived and or visited all the locations in the story with the exception of two. However I also loved that the story was fresh, unique and entertaining, with some definitely unexpected turns along the way. The author did a great job of entwining several cultures and varying religious or spiritual views into the story. I was “worried” about where the story was heading at points and how it might end, but I just had to know and was p [...]

    10. A complex but riveting read. I found it hard to put down; it was challenging and comforting at the same time. It was honest and thought provoking. Because I know you, it was hard to separate the you I know from the main character, even though you are clearly different from one another. I found the anger and frustration of Conrad compelling and believable and the ending surprising and satisfying.This is not a light read, but it is rewarding.

    11. I struggled a bit with this book. The main character's selfishness was a little annoying but one has to endure this to realize the transformation that this journey takes. It was very reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" I thought. The rich descriptions of NZ landscapes and Maori culture were excellent. But be warned this is a very religious book and if a struggle with God is not your cup of tea you many want to pass on it.

    12. I liked the new arrival perspective on nz and the big influence that the landscape and culture had on the story. It's funny to read about places that I am so familiar with - it kind of puts a whole different but still recognizable perspective on them.

    13. I couldn't put it down. The story had me hooked from beginning to end. I really enjoyed seeing NZ through the eyes of a traveller. This would be a very good read for kiwis abroad and homesick. That aside, it was a very very good story.

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