Thursday, October 05, 2006
There's really not much going on around the old homestead, so I'll jump in and ask What everyone is reading? I'm only reading one book, right now, and hope to get back to balancing several at once, soon. I guess reading a single book is a Brain Break Thing, at least for me. Anyway, I'm reading My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin, a story about Sybylla Melyvn, a a free-spirited young writer who refuses to conform to society's expectations of how a 'proper woman' should live her life in Australia. The copy I've got is pictured at left and includes another book: My Career Goes Bung. Judging from the introductory material (which was somewhat illuminating but a little confusing, at times), the second story was an attempt to redo the first book in a more romantic fashion, as My Brilliant Career has a rather unromantic ending. I already knew that, having seen the movie - which is different, of course, but absolutely took my breath away.
Note that a very young and handsome Sam Neill starred in the movie. Until I checked a copy of My Brilliant Career out from my library's audio/visual department on a whim, I'd never heard of the book or movie and was unaware that it launched Judy Davis's career and threw Sam Neill into the limelight. I'm certain we would have discovered Sam and Judy, eventually, though. Judy Davis was absolutely awesome as Sybylla.
And, the book is everything I dreamed it would be and more, another one of those that has so many beautiful sentences and paragraphs that it's already becoming crammed with post-it notes.
I'm off to pay the bills and scrub the bathrooms. Happy Thursday!