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Friday, July 12, 2013
Some Everyday Folk and Dawn by Miles Franklin
Miles Franklin is the Australian novelist best known for her novel in the style of a memoir, "My Brilliant Career." (US Edition) (UK Edition That book is unfortunately not free in the UK, so instead I am substituting a 1909 novel published first in the UK with a puzzling name, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn. The book starts with a dedication:
"TO THE ENGLISH MEN WHO BELIEVE IN VOTES FOR WOMEN THIS STORY IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED, BECAUSE THE WOMEN HEREIN CHARACTERISED WERE NEVER FORCED TO BE "SUFFRAGETTES," THEIR COUNTRYMEN HAVING GRANTED THEM THEIR RIGHTS AS SUFFRAGISTS IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1902."
This is followed by a glossary of Australian slang in American equivalents and English interpretations. This gives us such helpful information as a bloke is a guy is a fellow. This will help my readers on both sides of the Atlantic!
As to the actual book:
Having surrendered our tickets and come through a down-hill passage to the dusty, dirty, stony, open space where vehicles awaited travellers, the usual corner "pub."—in this instance a particularly dilapidated one—and three tin kangaroos fixed as weather-cocks on a dwelling over the way, and turning hither and thither in the hot gusts of wind, were the first objects to arrest my attention in the town of Noonoon, near the river Noonoon, whereaway it does not particularly matter. The next were the men competing for our favour in the matter of vehicular conveyance.
It soon develops that although the cabbies might be competitive, the boarding house can't be bothered to take in lodgers and thus begins the protagonist's effort to switch lodgings. I don't need to tell you it will be a quirky journey.
It is becoming increasingly difficult, once again, to find free books. Several years ago I had the same difficulty. Books I suggested before, such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," now have their free versions embargoed for some reason. I suspect those who sell the same titles are reporting the free titles for some transgression. During the time it takes for Amazon to ensure the free title is not a copyright violation, the most inexpensive copy will sell well.
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Posted by Marilyn Litt at 5:13 PM