Accidentally Kelly St illustrated by Briony Stewart with lyrics by Tim O’Connor from Frente! For people of a certain age, or perhaps people who had young children in 1992/93, you will remember the bubbly, joyful, effervescent pop group Frente! bouncing around our screens in colourful clothes, hair rollers and pearls. Accidentally Kelly Street was the … Continue reading A few Australian children’s books to finish off AusReading Month 2022
Burning Questions is my third collection of essays and other occasional pieces. The first Second Words, which began in 1960, when I started publishing book reviews, and ended in 1982. The second was Moving Targets, which gathered materials from 1983 to mid-2004. Burning Questions runs from mid-2004 to mid-2021. So, twenty years, give or take, … Continue reading Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood #CANessays
Me, Antman and our mongrel, Fleabag, like partyin outside. We both come from the bush. Me, I'm a NSW desert girl and Antman's mob are river people. Cos we aint got no river or desert here in the city, we like sittin in the park yarnin, having a charge, playin country music. We don't cause … Continue reading Me, Antman & Fleabag | Gayle Kennedy #AWWfiction
This is the catch-up week. If you have fallen behind, or lost your way, like Voss, you have two extra days this week to make up time! I will post a final AusReading Month post on the 30th November with a full book review ofVoss in the days immediately after that. A review, where hopefully, … Continue reading Voss Readalong – Week 4
At the time the pigeon affair overtook him, unhinging his life from one day to the next, Jonathan Noel, already past fifty, could look back over a good twenty-year period of total uneventfulness and would never have expected anything of importance could ever overtake him again- other than death some day. What on earth do … Continue reading The Pigeon | Patrick Süskind #DEUnovella
Opening Lines: Early on Sunday, after first Mass in Clonegal, my father, instead of taking me home, drives deep into Wexford towards the coast where my mother's people came from. It is a hot day, bright, with patches of shade and greenish, sudden light along the road. Foster was the buddy read chosen by Cathy … Continue reading Foster | Claire Keegan #IRLnovella
The Jew's Beech | Annette von Droste-Hülshoff A Picture of Life among the Hills of Westphalia Where is the hand so fraught with gentle art That tangled skein of narrow mind may part, So steadfast that untrembling it may throw The stone upon a wretched creature's woe? Who dares to measure surge of vain ambition, … Continue reading The Jew’s Beech | Annette von Droste-Hülshoff #DEUnovella
Voss Readalong - Week 3 Firstly, apologies. The first two weeks of AusReading Month and the Voss Readalong ended up being far busier than I had anticipated. The weekend away I knew about and planned for, but the unexpected, surprise visit from B25 and his GF this week threw several other plans out the window … Continue reading Voss Readalong – Week 3
Opening Line: Here she is, standing in the schoolyard. She is six years old, dressed in a crisp green uniform. Other children are on the swings and seesaw, but she has taken herself off to stand alone under the eucalyptus at the edge of the playground. Nothing Ever Happens Here: A Memoir of Loss and … Continue reading Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here | Heather Rose #AWWmemoir
Epigraph: Questo di fu solenne: or da' trastulli prendi riposo. Giacomo Leopardi | La sera del dì di festa The Evening of the Holiday (1820) | Giacomo Leopardi (29 June 1798 – 14 June 1837) - full poem here. According to a variety of online poetry sites, Leopardi's idyll expresses his unhappiness thanks to an indifferent, distant woman plus a … Continue reading The Evening of the Holiday | Shirley Hazzard #AUSnovella
I confess I had not heard of the Olga Masters Short Story Award until yesterday, when I discovered that my friend Ruth Armstrong had won the 2022 prize! Her story, Sandcastles, will be published in Island Magazine in November and will appear on the Olga Masters website early next year. Miriam Webster was the runner-up … Continue reading Olga Masters Short Story Award 2022
Voss Readalong My first week of the Voss Readalong and AusReading Month was rather hectic thanks to a long weekend away. I have managed to keep on top of updating links, but not actually reading many of the posts. As this week settles back into normal, I promise to visit you all (see MASTERPOST for … Continue reading Voss Readalong – Week 2
Lisa has very kindly given me permission to reblog her post on Modernism, High Modernism, Patrick White and Voss.
I do love to research stuff myself, however there is no point reinventing the wheel when one of our fellow bloggers has done such an admirable job already!
In response to Lisa’s note about the validity of the wikipedia page in question, I noticed that it had last been updated on the 22 Oct 2022. Hopefully any issues have now been addressed.
I am reading Voss by Patrick White at the moment, and having just made an effort to learn more about Modernism in art for my reading of Margaret Olley, Far From a Still Life by Meg Stewart, I had blundered onto Wikipedia’s most useful page about Modernism in literature. While there is a warning that the page needs attention from an expert in the subject (which must be a bit demoralising for the contributor), I found its list of characteristics very helpful in terms of understanding why White received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although the Press Release, and the Presentation Speech do not specifically refer to Modernism, citing his award “for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature”, the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) recognises White as an exponent of High Modernism.
Like James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner, Patrick White is a practitioner…
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NovNov22 Cathy & Rebecca are once again hosting Novellas in November. This year I have read 12 novellas, with another three definites planned for November. I also hope to discover some new ones during this event. I have come to love novella time throughout the year, but especially during those moments in life when everything … Continue reading Novellas in November 2022
Non-Fiction November 2022 Week 1: (Oct 31-Nov 4) – Your Year in Nonfiction : Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have … Continue reading Non-Fiction November 2022 – Week 1