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on 24 October 2004
This is a beautifully written book which simply tells the story of a group of friends/lovers/children, but it perfectly captures a time in their lives.This is the only book I have ever read more than once - i've had it since 1982, and have re-read it about 6 times now and see something different in it each time. It has touched something inside of me - sounds silly but its true.
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on 22 July 2015
This is a FAB representation of a particular " boho" culture in 70s Melbourne. Anyone who was going and single in the pre HIV era and anyone who has ever lives in a shared house will love this book. Helen Garner is a very underrated author outside Australia. She writes like a dream.
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on 18 March 2016
Helen Garner is new to me (which seems shaming, given her place in Australian literature) and another of those Australian whose writing can be described (as it is on the cover of this book) "lyrical" and "rough-edged". In so many ways this shouldn't have worked - so many characters, no plot to speak of, little in the way of explanation - but told in such a way, and with such facility of language and insight, that it was totally compelling.
I need to seek out more.
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on 7 June 2014
That's about it. This is my favourite book ever. If you've ever been to, or especially lived in Melbourne, then this will be even more interesting for you with it's unique view of 1970's Melbourne that you won't often read about as Nora cycles her way around the city. Helen Garner is pure genius.
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on 2 June 2014
This is one of the greats of Australian literature - the story of a single mum in the 1970s, who falls in love with a junkie. It is set in a time of social turmoil, when Australians were rejecting the conservativism of their parents and empire and were messily trying to build a world of their own. Nora lives in a series of shared houses, where people drift in and out, some work, most are on the dole, but they are all living intensely; they talk, they plan, they drift a lot. This was the first generation of women who could chose to have kids, so had that freedom, but they were still stuck with them, so this was an important time for what came next. It could be called love in a time of revolution - these people were part of a giant social experiment, and from it came the confident, affluent, noisy Australia and its culture. My mother hated this book. More than enough reason to love it.
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on 31 October 2015
I read 100 pages and could not get into it, I found it boring and repetitive.
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on 16 May 2013
This is a really good read but abit dated It was good to read it to find out why it was so popular when it came out and you could see why
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