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Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998 The Divine Wind
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'Friendship is a slippery notion. We lose friends as we change and our friends don t, or as we form other alliances, or as we betray our friends or are ourselves betrayed ...

Alice, Hartley, Mitsy and Jamie are kids growing up in Broome before the Second World War. Their lives, although very different, are bound by friendship. Hartley and Alice Penrose are the children of an uneducated pearling master and a cultivated, disgruntled mother. Mitsy Sennosuke is Japanese, the daughter of Zeke, a diver working for Hartley and Alice s father, and Sadako, who makes soy sauce in a tin shed factory. Jamie Kilian is the son of a local magistrate, recently moved north from the city. Together, they unconsciously cross the boundaries of class and race, as they swim, joke and watch films in the cinema in Sheba Lane.

But these happy, untroubled times end when lives are lost in a terrible cyclone, Alice falls for a wealthy cattleman pilot, a young woman is assaulted, and Hartley and Jamie compete for the love of Mitsy. The Second World War brings further strain into their lives. The four friends are no longer children but old enough to fight for their country. As Japanese bombs begin to fall like silver rain on northern Australia, loyalties are divided and friendships take on an altogether different form …

This thrilling and beautifully written new novel from Garry Disher evokes an era of Australia caught up in the events of war and its effects on people torn apart from all they know and hold dear in childhood. ' (Source: Publisher's website)

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Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it contains Japanese characters.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hodder Headline , 1998 .
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      Extent: 151p.
      ISBN: 0733605265
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Sceptre , 2001 .
      Extent: 151p.
      ISBN: 0733612911
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2002 .
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      Extent: 160p.
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      • Published: 1st October 2002
      ISBN: 9780733615900
Alternative title: Den guddommelige vind
Language: Danish
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      Denmark,
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      Gyldendal ,
      2000 .
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      Extent: 155p.
      ISBN: 8700458287

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  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

[Essay] : The Divine Wind Alice Pung , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'A generation living in peacetime is inclined to devalue the identity and place of soldiers. In Australia, active soldiers have been maligned as meddlesome interlopers in foreign affairs (if they are our soldiers) or combatant terrorists (if they are not). In his book Secret Men’s Business (1998), John Marsden wrote that going to war used to be seen as a marker of adulthood. We forget that war was once how individual personality and collective character was formed. We forget that many of our compatriots came here because of war, that there are former child soldiers living in Australia, and that literature and the armed forces didn’t always occupy such opposing worlds.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature Kathryn James , New York (City) : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2009 Z1790145 2009 single work criticism
Messages From the Inside? Multiculturalism in Contemporary Children's Literature Sharyn Pearce , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. 235-250) Fact and Fiction : Readings in Australian Literature 2008; (p. 252-268)
In this article Pearce contends that multiculturalism has been a part of Australia's official discourse for almost thirty years (at time of writing). She claims that the progress of multiculturalism can be traced through books for children and young adults. To support this argument Pearce refers to an article and a chapter by John Stephens on multiculturalism to frame her paper. Initially, Pearce outlines the two main stages of multiculturalism in children's texts identified by Stephens. The first stage contains texts written by authors from the dominant Anglo-Celtic majority and feature focalisers and narrators from that same group. The second stage sees a shift to include characters and narrators from ethnic minority groups which provide an 'insider perspective' but such texts are still usually mediated through Anglo-Celtic authors. Pearce then proposes a third stage in which texts use 'authentic' voices created by authors from minority backgrounds. Rather than focus on aspects of 'difference' the characters' cultural heritage is incidental, rather than pivotal, to their developing subjectivities. The third stage includes texts in which, according to Pearce, ethnicity is not the marker of cultural difference, but an accepted part of Australian life.
Untitled Donna Gardiner , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 60)

— Review of The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel
y separately published work icon Garry Disher's The Divine Wind Insight Text Guides – The Divine Wind Sue Sciortino , Mentone : Insight Publications , 2000 6897076 2000 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guides – The Divine Wind is designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Garry Disher's novel contains detailed character and chapter analysis and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.' (Publisher's blurb)

Untitled Laurie Copping , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 42 no. 4 1998; (p. 26)

— Review of The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel
Untitled Helen Purdie , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 13 no. 4 1998; (p. 36)

— Review of The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel
Untitled Donna Gardiner , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 60)

— Review of The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel
Rediscovering a Lost Past Stephen Matthews , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 November 1998; (p. 22)

— Review of Maggie Jackson's Kid G. K. Saunders , 1998 single work children's fiction ; The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel ; Bring Back the Songs Elizabeth Hutchins , 1998 single work novel
A Sweeping Tale of Broome Katharine England , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 September 1998; (p. 23)

— Review of The Divine Wind Garry Disher , 1998 single work novel ; The Drowning Dream Peter Burke , 1998 single work novel
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1999 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 43 no. 3 1999; (p. 3-12)
Messages From the Inside? Multiculturalism in Contemporary Children's Literature Sharyn Pearce , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lion and the Unicorn , April vol. 27 no. 2 2003; (p. 235-250) Fact and Fiction : Readings in Australian Literature 2008; (p. 252-268)
In this article Pearce contends that multiculturalism has been a part of Australia's official discourse for almost thirty years (at time of writing). She claims that the progress of multiculturalism can be traced through books for children and young adults. To support this argument Pearce refers to an article and a chapter by John Stephens on multiculturalism to frame her paper. Initially, Pearce outlines the two main stages of multiculturalism in children's texts identified by Stephens. The first stage contains texts written by authors from the dominant Anglo-Celtic majority and feature focalisers and narrators from that same group. The second stage sees a shift to include characters and narrators from ethnic minority groups which provide an 'insider perspective' but such texts are still usually mediated through Anglo-Celtic authors. Pearce then proposes a third stage in which texts use 'authentic' voices created by authors from minority backgrounds. Rather than focus on aspects of 'difference' the characters' cultural heritage is incidental, rather than pivotal, to their developing subjectivities. The third stage includes texts in which, according to Pearce, ethnicity is not the marker of cultural difference, but an accepted part of Australian life.
y separately published work icon Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature Kathryn James , New York (City) : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2009 Z1790145 2009 single work criticism
The Skill is the Power to Thrill Jenna Price , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 April 1999; (p. 3-4)
y separately published work icon Garry Disher's The Divine Wind Insight Text Guides – The Divine Wind Sue Sciortino , Mentone : Insight Publications , 2000 6897076 2000 single work criticism

'Insight Text Guides – The Divine Wind is designed to help secondary English students understand and analyse the text. This comprehensive study guide to Garry Disher's novel contains detailed character and chapter analysis and explores genre, structure, themes and language. Essay questions and sample answers help to prepare students for creating written responses to the text.' (Publisher's blurb)

Awards

1999 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards The Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
1999 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethnic Affairs Commission Award
1999 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
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  • 1941
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