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The Divine Wind is an outline of what the war was like back in the 1930s to the 1940s It basically talks about issues of war love friendships and racism The novel describes the friendship between Hart Penrose and his sister Alice children of Michael Penrose a Pearling fleet owner Misty a Japanese Australian a daughter of Sadako and Jamie Kilian the son of the local Magistrate The romantic links between these characters and Alices relationship with property owner Carl Venning highlight the prejudices and the insecurities which make up our national identity Their innocent romances are an ironic prelude to the devastating advent of war- a war that changes all their lives and leaves them with scars which will never heal The novel vividly demonstrates that war destroys lives even those of the living It is a passionate grief for the ordinary lives which are shattered by conflicts which have little to do with them The setting of The Divine Wind is based in Broome which is located north west of Australia I like to take a long route through Chinatown attracted by the Chinese gamblers the Japanese divers the lemon-squash stallholder the Ambonese woman stirring mangrove crabs in a spitting wok the sly-grog sellers the half-dozen languages and the slap of sandals and bare feet p 9 You could say that this is a story about friendship and the betrayal of friendship and friendships lost and regained p 21 Four teenagers- Hart Alice Misty and Jamie are thrust into this World War II which not only changes their friendship but everything they know and believe in war highlights the differences which are symbolic of the local national and international relationships which form the Australian cultural identity These relationships determine the fates of individuals and communities and cause tragedies such as war there are many kinds of friendships implied in the novel love affairs and marriages alliances between different races
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