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It's hard to believe that this novel was written by a young woman in her teens. it's even harder to believe that it was written in the late nineteenth century. So much for Victorian attitudes... Sybylla rages against her parents, shuns marriage in favour of a career, sees class-ism and injustice as it truly is, and at one point questions the existence of God. The result is an entertaining story. Sybylla is a worthy literary sister to Anne of Green Gables, or the March sisters. The story has a li...
I'm well aware that many people find Miles Franklin's work a little slow-going, but My Brilliant Career is one of my absolute favourite novels, and one I've reread several times since my first time as an impressionable teenager. I love the main character, Sybylla, and I've had a massive crush on Harry Beecham for roughly twelve years now. Do read it - it's not the most exciting book, nor the happiest, but it's beautifully written, truly evokes that sunburnt Australia we love to imagine (it's not...
I'm usually a strict urban fantasy reader but I had to read this book as part of a course I was doing. I was pleasantly surprised. Definately recommend it.
Not so good as the first in the series. Also pretty sure there is a Virago version, which not listed.
'My Brilliant Career' has not gained, I think, from its reputation as an 'Australian classic', or even from Gillian Anderson's very good film, which launched both her brilliant career, and those of Judy Davis and Sam Neill. The film, in particular, might lead one to expect a relatively serious treatise on the condition of women, bathed in a romantic 'magic hour' outback glow. It doesn't really prepare one for the quirky construction, conversational tone and offbeat humour of the first book, and
I think I liked My Career Goes Bung even better than My Brilliant Career, It was fascinating to see the repercussions of the original publication. I think this book seems to be much more autobiographical than the former, and even though it is a bit confusing at first, if you accept "My Brilliant Career" as the fictional autobiography within this fictional novel, it begins to make sense. It was very interesting to see the "society life" of Sydney in the early 1900's, and see how that was contrast...
I read this as a 16yr old & felt Sybylla was my kindred spirit. I could relate to the fire burning inside of her. A yearning for something more that not even she could fully articulate. Frustration at the narrow & confining society she found herself & the moments of despair when her own gauche & absurb behaviour failed to measure up. A much loved coming of age tale set in a world of old world homesteads, lively jackroos, Australian drought and uptight Victorian drawrooms.
My Brilliant Career is a great novel from the early 20th Century. Miles Franklin's second novel, a response to the first is not quite as great. My Brilliant Career is an honest representation of a young girl's feelings about life and her pursuit of a career. The second novel is more of a parody, not quite as honest and fresh as the first.
This book tells of one girl's experience in the Australian outback interested in art and literature when no one else in her area is interested in such things, where the women are expected to marry and have babies to forgo any interest in a career instead of a home and husband.
Important follow up. Book shows that the failed relationship with Harry Beecham was the best for everyone and that it would all work out. How is happiness found or measured is definitely one for the reader.
Ok, I didn't finish it. May someday.....No place to say that I just quit?
Miles Franklin had a runaway success with her first novel"My Brilliant Career" published in 1901 but after that heroutput was sporadic - of her 8 novels (published under herown name) the last "On Dearborn Street" about her years inChicago co-editing a Trade Union magazine, was issued in 1981."My Career Goes Bung" was written and ready for publication in1902 but the sequel to "My Brilliant Career" had her publisher,George Robertson, running for cover. A thinly disguised accountof Franklin's own i...
I actually finished this one about three weeks ago, and just kept on forgetting to actually review it. Whoops.So. My Brilliant Career. It's the story of Sybylla, a teenage girl growing up in rural Australia in the 1890s. Her father makes bad decisions and ends up dirt poor. The family try to scrounge a living together, but the drought hits and all the animals start dying. So Sybylla's reasonably rich grandmother takes her off her parents' hands with the hopes of marrying her off or turning her i...
Stella Marie Sarah Miles Franklin was only sixteen when she wrote My Brilliant Career, the story of a young girl, Sybylla Melvyn, in Australia in the late 19th--century. Sybylla is a precocious girl with no desire to become her mother, a woman with high expectations and no dreams or desires. Due to Sybylla's father's failing financial situation, she is asked to become an adult earlier than she had anticipated by helping the family by doing labor on their farm and later by being taken to another
This book had been hailed as a must-read Australian book, so it seemed required reading for my trip. The depictions of the challenges of early Australian rural life were excellent - the heat, the financial struggles, and the harshness of the geography. The narrator at times annoyed me with her self-pity, but after some additional reflection, her honesty is refreshing and only a teenager when she wrote this, she is amazingly self-aware and I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to l...
I loved "My Brilliant Career". ("My Career Goes Bung" seems to be an almost entirely unrelated book, almost a satire, which is being packaged as a "sequal" but isn't and which I put down after reading just a few pages.) I adored the narrator, and the writing - so fresh, compelling and hard to put down. The movie is lovely but the book is even better.
Can't help but wonder if Margaret Mitchell read this years before she wrote "Gone with the wind." Personalities of Sybylla and Harold remind me of Scarlett and Rhett! I haven't "My Career Goes Bung" yet. I enjoyed this novel thoroughly, but have to take a vacation from the harsh Australian bush!
I still haven't gotten around to My Career Goes Bung, but I mean to read it some day. My Brilliant Career is quiet enjoyable, though the main character can be quite frustrating in her behaviour sometimes, especially as she is the narrator so it's written from her feeling that she's right.
This book..was great. I would classify this book in the same realm as Anne of Green Gables. Read this when I was young and felt a kindred connection. Precocious much? Yes!
One of my favorites! Great book and wonderful movie if you can find it. Love, love, love it!
Read for book club at main library. Written by an Australian and published in 1901. These two facts are the most interesting part of the book.
I read My career goes bungFound it amusing...loved the language, so many words we don't use anymore yet describe something exactly.
I read these a long time ago and loved them. I need to read them again. Australian classics and deserving of the status and so readable and engrossing.
Why are men so disturbed by a woman who escapes their spoliation? Is her refusal to capitulate unendurable to masculine egotism, or is it a symptom of something more fundamental?Go off Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin!Honestly I find these two books an odd couple. While My Career Goes Bung is a direct sequel to My Brilliant Career, it weirdly undercuts the original in a way that I found odd. But it probably has something to do with the original being speculated to be based on the authors on lif...
This edition contains two stories as well as several pages of an interesting introduction.There is a brief biography of Miles Franklin at the back of the book along with some correspondence between Franklin and others. Also listed are some of the Award winners, information about the film including a list of the cast, and a few titles as suggested reading by other Australian writers whose books are set in rural Australia in the first half of last century or earlier.A good read, an insight in Mile...
Miles Franklin was a truly great author. This is a book of many layers, but the feminist message is the most pronounced. I wish I could have met her - she’s funny, cutting and extremely intelligent. Possible if male she would be considered more of a legend than some of the celebrated Australian male authors we can all name.
I am so glad i picked this book up. I couldn't put down My brilliant Career. It was such a refreshing and insightful perspective on relationships. Cant believe that it was written by a 15 year old in 1901. My Career Goes Bung was like a whole different book. Still very enjoyable.
Hard to rate because I enjoyed 'My Brilliant Career' but couldn't finish 'My Career goes Bung'. Couldn't make it past the pages and pages of explaining that 'My Brilliant Career' was fiction not autobiography.
A longtime favourite - a book I find myself returning to throughout my life.