My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career Alternately hilarious and heartwarming this beloved coming of age novel from the Australian outback brings together unforgettable characters with clarity and truth all told in a unique young woman s

  • Title: My Brilliant Career
  • Author: Miles Franklin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternately hilarious and heartwarming, this beloved coming of age novel from the Australian outback brings together unforgettable characters with clarity and truth, all told in a unique young woman s voice My Brilliant Career was made into an award winning film starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6 by 9 inch format by Waking Lion PreAlternately hilarious and heartwarming, this beloved coming of age novel from the Australian outback brings together unforgettable characters with clarity and truth, all told in a unique young woman s voice My Brilliant Career was made into an award winning film starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6 by 9 inch format by Waking Lion Press.

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    1. In 1901 a remarkable heroine made her debut, in a book that purports to be her autobiography.If you took equal 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 quite get there, because Sybylla Melvyn is a true one-off.She’s also nearly impossible to explain; a curious mixture of confidence and insecurity, tactlessness and sensitivity, forthrightness and thoughtfulness. She [...]

    2. About time this ‘Aussie girl’ read this book, written by a fellow ‘Aussie girl’. Miles Franklin the iconic Australian author, has penned this classic, written when she was barely an adult herself. She was a woman born of another era. Her times were meant to be spent, toiling the land (or should I say house), performing house duties and supporting her family that was lacking money. She was better than that – well she knew she was better spent bettering herself and continuing the continu [...]

    3. 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 do this book justice.

    4. 3.5★sSybylla Melvyn was the eldest of her siblings and living in poverty with her parents in rural NSW in the late 1800s. She fought with her mother constantly, was wilful and headstrong and after being told by her mother continually that she was ugly and useless, Sybylla believed it all. The day came that she was sent to live with her maternal grandmother and aunt on a property which was the opposite of her family home; she flourished under their care, enjoyed music and the arts and the compa [...]

    5. Miles Franklin - Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin - is probably Australia's most revered female writer. "My Brilliant Career" is her very first book, published in 1901 when she was barely 21. It was hugely successful, but she eventually withdrew it from publication until after her death, because it upset her that so many people believed it to be autobiographical. It probably was so, but like most new writers, she perhaps didn't think others would make the connections.It's a passionate book, bot [...]

    6. Sybylla is headstrong, feisty, opinionated and independent. At the start of the book she is a teenager growing up in rural Australia in the 1890s in a very poor household with an alcoholic father and a mother who has come from money and is now living in poverty.To Sybylla's relief, her much wealthier Grandmother asks to take her for a time to "straighten" her out and Sybylla finds a much more comfortable life, until she is ultimately forced to take a role as a governess and decide what her futur [...]

    7. I was expecting a much more enjoyable read than this since I have mainly enjoyed the Australian novels I have read in the past. This is a classic and there is no doubt that this writer had talent and I can see why she later made a career out of writing, but this novel, which was written when she was 16 has a protagonist who was apparently ahead of her time (yes and no, since there were others of that time with the same commitment to not marry, and even before her time, although it was certainly [...]

    8. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book.For its time, and the 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 page.I did find Sybylla to be a frustrating protagonist, due to her general inability to decide on what she wants (or who she wants), bu [...]

    9. Sybylla Melvyn è bloccata, intrappolata nel bush australiano in una vita che non le appartiene, quando ciò che vorrebbe è sognare di libri e orizzonti perduti e coltivare la sua passione per la scrittura e per i sogni. Profondo, attuale, una donna di ieri ma così simile alla donna di oggi che si barcamena tra amore e carriera, in una lotta di classe e di genere, nel tentativo di non cucirsi addosso la vita tanto convenzionale dalla quale tanto spesso ha provato a scappare.Promotrice di rivi [...]

    10. I read this for year 12 English, so my memories of it are both vague and tainted by the fact that I had to dissect the book. End result though: I still love it.When I started the book, I found it very difficult to get in to. The protagonist just seemed to be a whining, demanding, annoying excuse for a human being. It's really tough to keep reading when you start to hate the character telling the story. In fact, I recall a "first impressions" essay I wrote after reading very little of the book wh [...]

    11. About a year ago I realised, with the exception of Nick Cave, I'd never actually read any books by Australian authors and that I should probably fix that. I throughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't quite believe it was written by a 16 year old. It was sort of the anti-Little House on the Praire. Here being a poor agricultural worker was very hard work, people went hungary and people lost what little they had very easily. There were drunken fathers who ruined lives and kindly neighbours who helped [...]

    12. Henry Lawson famously avoided making an opinion on the ‘girlishly emotional’ parts of this book, 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 who 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 questions of what is good conduct in a young woman, and what is a price wort [...]

    13. 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.I read this book for my Advanced English class and there were times when I wish I could just get this book over and done with; other times, however, I quite enjoyed it.I really dislike Sybylla. She is so vain and conceited, and WEIRD. Honestly, you should read this book just to see how she thinks. Her mindset is so strange! The way she treats her suitors- it just makes me w [...]

    14. I liked it. I've always avoided this book being under the misunderstanding that it was a dry and dusty tome. (ie boring!) I'm glad I gave it a go, as it is certainly not boring. Sybylla is an odd girl, kind of like Anne of Green Gables with a fervent feminist streak. 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. I'm quite cert [...]

    15. I hate Sybylla. That's right. She wants to be sad and lonely and poor. I do not pity her because she brought this on herself. At the same time, I understand her in sooooooooo many ways. Just adding: Harold Beecham should be played by Hugh Jackman. Hugh Jackman should play ALL THE CHARACTERS OKAY. HUGH JACKMAN.Now for something completely different: My brilliant career is Jane Eyre meets Pride and prejudice IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH.

    16. Me ha gustado mucho esta historia costumbrista del campo australiano. No sé qué ha sido, porque en teoría no cuenta gran cosa; quizá la prosa o puede que esa heroína con una mentalidad tan poco recomendable para una mujer en aquella época. El caso es que ha sido un grato descubrimiento.

    17. I first read 'My Brilliant Career' when I was in high school as part of the English curriculum. I could not remember much about the story, but I could not shake the feeling that identified greatly with the main character, Sybylla Melvyn.As part of my personal journey of rediscovering the Great Australian Spirit, I decided to re-read 'My Brilliant Career'. I have been pleasantly surprised.Although at times Sybylla Melvyn annoyed with her self-centric, teenage view of the world, many other times s [...]

    18. The condescending airs and graces of Sybylla and her narration had me grinding my teeth and recalling very clearly the 1927 autobiography My Life by Isadora Duncan. I wanted more Pride and Prejudice and less 'woe is me'. But in the last quarter of the book I began to realise how I'm not much different from Sybylla with my prejudices and condescension. You don't travel? You don't like to dine out at places where the napkins are made of cloth? You don't appreciate a bit of art? You don't operate i [...]

    19. Did I really start reading this on Australia Day? How fitting if I did. Nevertheless, I must feel a little ashamed that, as an Australian and a feminist and Australian studies type person, I had not read this to now. I kept on meaning to butyou know, other things. Look, don't worry, my wrist has been thoroughly slapped and the most important thing is that I have read it now. Even more important, I suppose, is that I really liked it. Sybylla is exasperating and entertaining, awful and wonderful a [...]

    20. Okay, so I know this is a Classic that I should have read ages ago, but I hadn't. Furthermore, I hadn't seen the film, and didn't know even the basic plot. So it came as a beautiful surprise to find it so young and fresh in its writing. However, as much as I loved the writing and the Australian feel, there were parts that I just couldn't get over. 'But why would she do that? That makes no sense at all,' kept coming to my mind. So it is wonderful, and makes me want to be a better writer and have [...]

    21. A thoroughly disappointing and annoying book. Until the last page hope remains that this woman will see sense and marry her suitor who is offering her all she longed for. A room and all the paper to write her books. Yet the "stubborn, stupid cow" would not budge and remains living in her squalid circumstances and wastes away her talent and her chances of ever making it. I felt like tearing up the book.

    22. I used the Librivox recording for this. Most of the readers were very good, especially Elizabeth and Magdalena. I read chapter 30 on Gutenberg though.I really like this book. Sybilla is very believable and stubborn and there are a lot of forward thinking passages. Of course, there was still some very old fashioned things as well (for example, how Aboriginal and Chinese people were written about).

    23. A classic book which has been on my 'to read' list for a while. Interesting to see the descriptions of life in the bush in the late 1890s, and fascinating to think it was written by a 16 year old, but (probably not surprisingly), it is pretty uneven in its style and the language is a bit ordinary. One to have ticked off the list

    24. If the ending was any good, I could excuse the slower parts at the beginning, but the ending was terrible! It's given me a new appreciation for classics with good endings!

    25. It is very many years since I first read this book, and I had remembered it with great affection, I knew I had loved it back then, but to be honest I hadn’t remembered anything of the story. Ausreading month was therefore the perfect excuse to re-read this classic – I now think I’ll have to re-read the sequel in the not too distant future. Earlier in the month I read Ada Cambridge’s The Three Miss Kings – which I really enjoyed. The two novels were written only a decade apart – and t [...]

    26. I experienced such a roller coast of emotions about this, at one moment I was cheering on Sybylla as she stood up against the men around her, and at other times I was rolling my eyes at her indecision and her constant back and forward and self-pity.When I began I thought it was wonderful; Sybylla was headstrong, she didn’t want to marry, she seemed like a feminist, she yelled at men who dared to touch her without permission when they thought they had the right. She knew what she wanted and did [...]

    27. This was an interesting book. I read it on the recommendation of an Australian blogger I follow because I have not read much, if any, Australian literature.Therefore, I do not know whether Franklin's book reflects Australian culture or just or her own thoughts and ideas.Amazingly she wrote this while a teenager. The writing is wonderful. Her descriptions of farm life and the Australian countryside are fantastic! But then again, that might explain the immaturity of the protagonist.The story takes [...]

    28. (I have also published this review on my blog, Around the World in 2000 Books.)I was pleasantly surprised by My Brilliant Career. I shouldn't have been--Miles Franklin is one of Australia's most celebrated writer, and her reputation is based largely on this book. But the jacket description made me think it was going to be a light-hearted social satire and I was imagining something in the vein of early Evelyn Waugh, a style that I find only mildly entertaining. That and the fact that the book was [...]

    29. This Australian classic follows the story of Sybella Melvyn, an independent, headstrong teenage girl living in rural NSW. Her family are relatively poor and Sybella works relentlessly hard every day. She longs for a better life with music and culture and she gets it when she is sent to live with her grandmother in more comfortable surroundings. Here she meets her admirer Harold Beecham and she is forced to decide between a comfortable life of marriage and her independence.I really enjoyed this b [...]

    30. She fooled me. I thought for the longest time that I was reading a true story. There were things that rang so true, I think they WERE real. Franklin must have been well acquainted with the feelings of frustration and constraint and hopelessness at being so far removed from any opportunity to use her gifts and pursue her interests. The suffocation she describes is too vivid to be fictional. The bitterness is exactly that of a young person - I recognized it well. I am amazed that she wrote so trul [...]

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