my brilliant career book club questions

Oh, you mustn’t take any notice of me, a film IMO is never as good as the book!

It is considered a semi-autobiographical work and if so, I wish I could have met Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Their fates, in the end, diverge utterly, with Franklin’s account the more realistic, if less reassuring. What occupation do the family take up when times become desperate? She is sent to live with her grandmother and aunt by her mother who despairs of Sybylla's defiant attitude. She moved to Sydney where she became involved in feminist and literary circles and then onto the USA in 1907. Targeting cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. Quiz about this classic Australian novel was written by Miles Franklin, and details her life being born of the bush in Australia. Can you identify the four celebrated fictional characters making their first appearances here for a point? I'm quite certain I could never have been that committed to an ideal given similar lack of opportunities, but perhaps if I'd had to grow up in the stultifying world of colonial Australia things would be very different. 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. It's nice to see a romance written by a young girl that doesn't have a cloying, happy ending, and I admire her resolve to do the "right" thing by Harold in the end, even though that may not be what he thinks he wants.

The story is about Sybylla, a young woman who is feisty and headstrong. You can have my copy – it’s a bit battered (I bought it at a National Trust book sale) but perfectly readable. I do feel an idiot though for not checking inside the cover to discover the origin of that image……. Sybylla is both a wonderful and an awful character, she’s an overwrought, self obsessed teenager one minute and almost wise the next. Ow! He served as an artillery officer in the Crimean War. My Brilliant Career, her first novel, was published to much excitement and acclaim.

She was highly opinionated. What do you need to know about me? Most of the book covers Sybylla's late teenage years during the late 1890s.

Frequently the book made me think of a darker, Australian version of Anne of Green Gables. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

What’s John Steinbeck’s longest novel, which takes its title from a phrase in the Bible and became a film starring James Dean? Which aristocratic detective, who graduated from Oxford with a first-class degree – while also becoming a cricket blue – was created by Dorothy L. Sayers? William Blake, author of the much-sung ‘Jerusalem’ (aka ‘And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time’), whose funeral was attended by only five people. It was written while she was still a teenager, as a romance to amuse her friends. . In a diary entry of 1909, Tolstoy lamented its continuing temptation and wished that it ‘could be instilled into people in childhood and also when fully mature that the sexual act is a disgusting, animal act’. The Haunting Beauty of Shell by Kristina Olsson, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie's surname? I have to say I really enjoyed the character of Sybylla.

From the sexism, to the drinking to the droughts. I really must revisit it to see if I like it better than I did back then. I am actually giving this book 3.5/5 because it wasn't bad enough to earn a 3, nor was it good enough for me to give it a 4. We use cookies on this site to enable certain parts of the site to function and to collect information about your use of the site so that we can improve our visitors’ experience. It didn’t take long, after we all moved indoors, for that great British tradition – the pub quiz – to follow. .

‘Weren’t you in the Third Division during the war?’. She wants to be sad and lonely and poor. Best not to rub her up the wrong way then….. Pingback: On the Road Again | theaustralianlegend. Home; Books. These cookies may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. Great review, Karen. The Grossmiths’ The Diary of a Nobody is the book that gave us Charles Pooter, a good-hearted suburbanite whose surname has now come to mean someone particularly conventional and unimaginative – which seems a bit harsh to me. The novel was published when Franklin was 21, but it was written five years earlier, when she was herself a teenager.

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Six questions where the answers all contain the surname of a British prime minister .

Sybylla rejects the opportunity to marry a wealthy young man in order to maintain her independence.

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901) My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin. I can’t say it’s ringing many more bells now even after reading your review! Look, don't worry, my wrist has been thoroughly slapped and the most important thing is that I have read it now.
Far from resolving to become a writer, she expresses contempt for her own talent and dismisses her efforts so far. A passionate opponent of slavery, she worked as a nurse in the American Civil War.

Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Even more unusually for a woman of the time, she was also a keen runner.

You’re right about the cover – what a strong image, and well chosen for the main character. "My Brilliant Career" is the story of Sybylla, a headstrong young girl growing up in early 20th century Australia. Ow, ow; Oh! My first classic by this iconic Australian author and what a joy it was. 4. 5. I was enjoying myself now. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation, Pingback: My 2019 Life In Books : BookerTalk, Pingback: Classics Club Project: It's A Wrap! I liked it. 4. It was understood, it was mere good manners, to proclaim that you were in his debt and that he had the right to call upon you at any time to redeem your debt by some small service.

8. Who wrote A Confederacy of Dunces, published to great acclaim 11 years after he’d committed suicide – partly because he couldn’t find a publisher for the novel? That you, you yourself, proclaim your friendship. Welcome back. 3.

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