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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
In The Train to Kuranda, a broken man, emaciated and deformed from his wartime experience, Bill Allen boards a train in Cairns to travel to Kuranda, hoping to connect with the wife he left behind to go to war. In straightforward language, author David Maiville describes Allen’s experiences before the war and after, denoting the year certain events take place. Historically, The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a famous one known for its scenic route. With the purchase of a ticket, you ride past amazing scenery that includes beautiful waterfalls, natural wonders, and other splendor. The author describes this through a meeting between Allen and a precocious young girl named Hannah, who we later learn has a special connection to him. When he finally arrives at his destination certain revelations occur...
The premise for the tale itself is a compelling one with pathos and an empathic lead character in Bill Allen, a veteran of World War II, who survived three years in the Pacific as a prisoner of war in Bataan. The Train to Kuranda by David Maiville yearns to be a novel but works better in the novella or short story format. This is a story of fortitude and discovery of personal growth and compassion, especially toward the indigenous Aborigines of the vast continent. They play an important role in the life of the main character Bill Allen as well as the lives of the other people he meets and befriends along his journey. I liked the story very much.