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Area Of Study Change THE MANGO TREE Written by Ronald Mckie Published In 1989 Ronald Mckies The Mango Tree is about the life of a boy in the outback of Australia The location is a small town in the countryside of NSW Set during the First World War The Mango Tree depicts the good and bad experiences of a growing teenager during these times The main character Jamie is described as a tall youth with copper hair and a face too long and old for his body pg1 He lives with his grandmother who remains unnamed throughout the novel She became his guardian after his mother died Grandmother was hard and straight as stringy bark with a high forehead and a sea eagles nose pg 16 The book follows Jamie the townsfolk and the cultures of different races of people through periods of hardship and joy as Jamie matures into adulthood The book begins at Christmas and celebration and cheers fill the town Ronald Mckie touches on the differences between the Chinese German and Greek customs during Christmas Next we are introduced to the mango tree Jamies place where he feels comfort and safety The Mango Tree was a friend a challenge a game a place to sing impossible songs above the strings and flutes of scraping leaves And as he grew in that mysterious transition from childhood a weed seeking the sun the tree became a dreaming place a confessional where the winds snatched his words and carried them away and the answers never came back pg14 As the story progresses new characters emerge such as Abraham Preacher Jones and Maudie two characters who also grow with the novel and as new experiences unfold life becomes hectic and they all undergo immense changes Maudie is in and out of relationships monthly and breaks hearts for sheer pleasure However her outlook on romance changes as she falls in love with Angus and
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