My Brilliant Career ´ ONLINE BY Miles Franklin – cheapugg.us
Found myself wishing fervently that she would get what she wanted if she could only decide what it wasI m really glad get what she wanted if she could only decide what it wasI m really glad I picked this up as part of the Australian Women
s Writer s Challenge since I d shamefully not read any of Franklin s work before Writer s Challenge since I d shamefully not read any of Franklin s work before find myself awed by her talent and deeply impressed with how much she worked to change the face of Australian literature Hmm I ve always said that Jane Eyre is without a doubt my 1 favorite book After today this is in close running for the spot So much to think about Sigh I "Hope My Review To Come Later Will "my review to come later will this book justice In 1901 a remarkable heroine made her debut in a book that purports to be her autobiographyIf you took eual amounts of Becky Sharp Cassandra Mortmain and Angel Devereaux if you mixed them together with verve and brio and you might achieve a similar result but you wouldn t uite get there because Sybylla Melvyn is a true one offShe s also nearly impossible to explain a curious mixture of confidence and insecurity tactlessness and sensitivity forthrightness and thoughtfulness She s maddening andshe s utterly charming But the most important thing about Sybylla the thing that she doesn t ever uite say is that she wants to set her own path in life to be mistress of her own destiny That s not easy when you re the daughter of a poor farmer from Possum Gully It was a hard life you were either working or you were sleeping there was nothing else Her mother came from a good family and her father a working man had tried to improve his family s situation but he gambled and lost And then he turned to drink It was hardly surprising that Sybylla s preoccupation with books music and drama drove her poor mother to distractionIn the end she decided to send Syblla to her own mother on the family farm It was a much bigger much prosperous farm and it was much closer to society Sybylla was in her element with time to indulge her love for the arts and performing and with an appreciative audience her grandmother aunt and uncle were amused and entertained She blossomed and her insecurity about her appearance and her disappointment with the world began to slip awayShe might have gone. L it brings She longs for refinement and most of all she longs to achieve great thingsSuddenly she falls under the gaze of wealthy. Henry Lawson famously avoided making an opinion "On The Girlishly Emotional Parts Of This "the girlishly emotional parts of this so this girl reader is going out on a limb to
say that it is precisely those parts that make this book worth reading In refusing to give us a romantic heroine that it is precisely those parts that make this book worth reading In refusing to give us a romantic heroine plays by the rules of the genre Miles Franklin has created a rare and fascinating character Instead of reassuring us Franklin leaves open the crucial uestions of what is good conduct in a young woman and what is a price worth paying to secure financial security The teenage Sybylla is flamboyant disrespectful and given to freuent solipsism She is driven almost mad by her lack of options as a poor and apparently ugly little bush girl and despite the obvious economic risks refuses to conform or even apologise for that lack of conformity where this would imply divergence with her own conscience Ralph Waldo Emerson as author of Self reliance would have been proud Or would he Miles Franklin was way ahead of her time in giving a young woman the right to sacrifice the prospect of husband and family for her own conscience Yes it s Australian but it s not the cloying nineteenth century morality tale you might expect and it s far easier to read than the nineteenth century English novels with a galloping rhythm and a great ear for dialogue Chapter Twelve was the low point for me After that I began to seriously appreciate Miles Franklin for creating a complex often annoying and thoroughly likeable character in Sybylla Penelope Melvyn Happy Australia Day to lazy ungrateful sheilas everywhere I have a bit of a lovehate relationship with This BookFor Its Time And bookFor its time and fact that it was written by Franklin when she was a teenager it is a brilliant novel The writing ability that Franklin had so young is amazing she manages to capture so much of Australia and her protagonist Sybylla lives and breathes from the first moment she steps onto the pageI did find Sybylla to be a frustrating protagonist due to her general inability to decide on what she wants or who she wants but that frustrating nature is part of what makes her feel real Even when she was annoying me with her indecision and mood swings Trapped on her parents' farm in the hardscrabble Australian outback sixteen year old Sybylla Melvyn loves the bush but not the toi.