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  • Title: Tirra Lirra by the River
  • Author: Jessica Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780140069457
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Australia s most celebrated novels one woman s journey from Australia to LondonNora Porteous, a witty, ambitious woman from Brisbane, returns to her childhood home at age seventy Her life has taken her from a failed marriage in Sydney to freedom in London she forged a modest career as a seamstress and lived with two dear friends through the happiest years of herOne of Australia s most celebrated novels one woman s journey from Australia to LondonNora Porteous, a witty, ambitious woman from Brisbane, returns to her childhood home at age seventy Her life has taken her from a failed marriage in Sydney to freedom in London she forged a modest career as a seamstress and lived with two dear friends through the happiest years of her adult life.At home, the neighborhood children she remembers have grown into compassionate adults They help to nurse her back from pneumonia, and slowly let her in on the dark secrets of the neighborhood in the years that have lapsed.With grace and humor, Nora recounts her desire to escape, the way her marriage went wrong, the vanity that drove her to get a facelift, and one romantic sea voyage that has kept her afloat during her dark years Her memory is imperfect, but the strength and resilience she shows over the years is nothing short of extraordinary A book about the sweetness of escape, and the mix of pain and acceptance that comes with returning home.
    Tirra Lirra by the River One of Australia s most celebrated novels one woman s journey from Australia to LondonNora Porteous a witty ambitious woman from Brisbane returns to her childhood home at age seventy Her life has t

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    1. This is a very very good book and a worthy winner of the Miles Franklin Though short, about 140 pages, author Jessica Anderson has packed in a life time of emotion with an almost seemingly bitter sweet autobiographical work The books narrator, 70 year old Nora Porteous, has returned to Brisbane after many years absence and reflects back on her life She recalls early lost opportunities but also that one daring life decision that would also have been an anathema to the conservative attitudes of he [...]

    2. We don t all think we re too good for this place, Lady Muck Here s yet another under appreciated novel celebrating a non conformist woman ahead of her time The 30s and 40s in Australia wasn t a friendly place for a different woman Nora wanted out of her small town and as tended to be the custom of the time, marriage offered the only ticket And then You re even stuck Of course, it didn t help that Nora s husband was a prick one especially fun part was him calling her frigid when she s tentative [...]

    3. 5 1978 Miles Franklin award winner and no wonder Nora Porteous, now in her 70s, returns from London to the Queensland house she grew up in She calls it a house, not a home She arrives exhausted after a long train ride up from Sydney, doesn t remember anyone, doesn t care to But she s almost immediately bed ridden with pneumonia so becomes a reluctant captive of the townsfolk who take solicitous care of her and insist on reminiscing She is stunned when they show her gifts they d saved that she d [...]

    4. This is an absolute stunner It gets Australia completely right without the cheapness of St John s shots It nails the state of captivity of women without agency Nora s need to escape, and taking marriage as the way out is heartbreaking The role of education, and even that of reading, which I might add is big in Women in Black and also in My Brilliant Friend comes comes into play here too To be educated is to escape the poverty and meanness of life in city Australia and country Australia as much [...]

    5. A beautiful quiet book about an old woman returning to her childhood home fifty years after fleeing it Nora escapes small town life for a bad marriage and then escapes the marriage for a life in London As she settles back into the old Queensland house, she reminisces about her life, her family and her decisions This is a short, sad book that somehow presents a complete picture of a women caught in a time where wanting anything other than a marriage and kids was almost impossible and captures her [...]

    6. This book basically the epitome of supposedly meaningful Australian books that I can t stand The only way I got through this hideous attempt at literature was to force myself to sit down and read it late one night, on pain of actually writing an assignment It starts off with something like I am wearing a woollen suit greyish, it doesn t matter WELL IF IT DOESN T MATTER, DON T START THE DAMN BOOK OFF BY SAYING IT And this is what we are meant to be studying for our final year in high schoolp, our [...]

    7. Well, I am what I am I forgive myself everything Breaking away from expected societal conventions and chasing diaphonous hopes can be a rough business Looking past who we so often hear about those who prevail there are those who try, and perhaps claim some small victories along the way, but in the long run founder What happens when one desperately yearns for something out of life, and has the courage to go after it, at times, in one s own way, but doesn t have the strength of personality or sup [...]

    8. Thanks again to australianwomenwriters for bringing to my attention another great Australian author who I had not previously been aware of.This is a beautifully scripted novel of the ageing Nora who has returned to Australia after 30 years in London Nora wanted independence and the ability to make her own friends and choices Her mother and sister were dominating, her marriage to her egotistical and mean human a disaster.But the book contains important themes such as, the unreliability of memory [...]

    9. I had never heard of this book before a friend gave it to me I really enjoyed this book It s the sort of quiet prose that sneakily worms its way into your thoughts and won t let go The book gives reminisces of Nora, a now elderly woman who has returned to her home in Sydney to reflect on her life, wait out her illnesses, and, eventually, to die The reflections on the role of women, the struggle for belonging and for place, and the details of the family relationships that emerge from this slender [...]

    10. Such an understated but wonderfully written and cleverly structured novel I agree with all the enthusiastic reviews, but must admit I was starting to get as bored and frustrated with her first marriage as she was And then just at the right moment, Nora makes a big move Literally My keen interest returned for the rest of the novel.But at the end I felt that I was still missing an important part of the jigsaw that had been so beautifully pieced together for me by Jessica Anderson the significance [...]

    11. This novel is an interesting study of a woman trapped in a Doll s House of gender stereotyping Nora finds herself playing out roles which force her to conform to social expectations of what a wife of a successful upper middle class businessman should embody Her struggle to achieve an identity beyond that is the main focus of the book.I enjoyed the way in which this theme is worked out, the exceptionally fine writing, and the vivid characterizations of the individuals Nora encounters Particularly [...]

    12. As a GR friend has said, the writing feels awkward at the start of the novel, but settles down reasonably quickly, and thereafter is a pleasure to read It s also a fine technical feat two parallel narratives, one of Nora in the let s call it present, and then the how did she get to be in this present narrative that she s remembering Most impressive of all is present Nora s own interpretation of past Nora s activities, and even of present Nora s few books are willing to explicitly show the workin [...]

    13. I wasn t expecting this to feel so contemporary Perhaps I was thrown by the title The prose is quietly lovely The tone is emphatically feminist That can sometimes amount to a dull and meandering lecture What saves it, I think, is the narrator, herself She s so relatable, so painfully human that the book is infused with palpitant life There s a gentleness, an ever present undercurrent to the wryly detached narration And so, the narrative is less a dry lecture and a moment of quiet contemplation [...]

    14. I can t believe I haven t read this before It s such a classic Australian novel and I really enjoyed it Similar suggestions The Harp in the South by Ruth Park, Angel Puss by Colleen McCullogh, Water under the bridge by Sumner Locke Elliot and even Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor There s something about the Sydney area that is quintessentially Australian we haven t quite matched this in Melbourne Responses to this and suggestions for similar Melbourne books would be welcome.

    15. This is a wry novel, softly evocative of warm Queensland nights and deceptively gentle In her old age, Nora Porteous returns to her childhood home after a long period away in London As she recovers from a bout of pneumonia, like Albert Facey in A Fortunate Life she reflects on her life, in her case finally facing up to memories long suppressed.To read the rest of my review please visit anzlitlovers.wordpress 201

    16. A beautifully executed portrait of a woman born at the beginning of the 20th century reflecting back on her life when she is in her seventies and has returned to Australia after a long absence.The book is full of sadness because of Nora s low self esteem, entrenched by a lifetime of the experiences of so many women of that time The changes that came for many of us in the last decades of the century came too late for Nora s generation.Heartbreaking but highly recommended.

    17. Tirra Lirra by the River is the best kind of book Deeply woven threads track their way through this novel to make a tantalising narrative It is not a difficult book to read, but in a delightful way it compels the reader to work at discovering the story.I don t want to spoil your delight in discovering and tracing the various narrative strands of this book so I won t recount the story Rather, I will just mention one theme in this book Liza used to say that she saw her past life as a string of rou [...]

    18. Apparently this was set as a high school text in Australian schools in the 80s I m so glad I didn t read it as a teenager as I just don t think I would have grasped the sense of loss or appreciated Anderson s evocation of suburban Brisbane in the early 20th century I m not sure I fully appreciate it now as an adult but I get why it won the Miles Franklin award and is regarded as a literary classic Most of the drama happens on very small stages but it pulses with the thoughts, feelings, sights, s [...]

    19. I ll admit that I had a certain level of difficulty in really understanding the novel as I read it the first time, but upon my re readings of the novel, Nora s world just opened up for me What really strikes me about this text is the subtlety of it perhaps a little too subtle for those who are not interested in digging deep into the novel and what it has to show Subtlety isn t exactly a skill that all are able to master, so for this, I feel that Jessica Anderson is a little bit of a genius.

    20. One of the few books I have re read in adulthood, having discovered it in late teenagehood Very good indeed Its descption of life for a woman seeking independence in Sydney on the post WW2 period is excellent, as is the exposition of aging, and the bitter sweetness of an expat returning to a former home In the scenes in Brisbane suburbia you can almost smell the frangipani and mango trees

    21. A gently melancholic novel about a woman looking back on her life from her childhood home in Brisbane a novel that illuminates a complex, creative interior life lived within the confines of societal expectations with a smooth and flowing style That s not to say nothing happens in this novel some terrible and wrenching things do happen, though they are all seen through the prism of memory, and are the quieter for it.

    22. Tirra Lirra was an uncomfortable, often confronting but accurate real read for someone a boy a generation after Nora s adolescence and emergence Elements of the stifling atmospherics, and self focussed male dominant Australian culture were captured with brutal clarity throughout Nora chose difficult paths for the time and endured with lengthy periods of happiness suggested in London, amidst an overall flavour often close to despair and sour.

    23. Visited Bruno s Sculpture gardon in Marysville this Easter, among the talented artist s master pieces, there is an eyeball catching sculpture in the river The Lady of Shalott The beautiful poem led me to this Australian book.The book is a process exploring the globle of self finding memories of Nora Porteous, a never simple and a bit crazy artist, the dark side of the global reveals the stealing of husband s money, having an affair on a ship and later on abortion, face lifting and suicide attemp [...]

    24. In 2017 the NSW Writers Centre in conjunction with the State Library of NSW has been showcasing the work of major Australian writers whose work has slipped into semi oblivion Thea Astley, Elizabeth Jolley, Amy Witting and Henry Handel Richardson, among others I attended the seminar on Jessica Anderson, an inspiring afternoon animated by Anna Funder, Michelle de Kretser and Geordie Williamson in the presence of Jessica s daughter, scriptwriter Laura Jones Anderson s evocations of place, in partic [...]

    25. This 1978 Miles Franklin Award winning novel is short, concise, elegant and written with insight and compassion.Mora Porteous returns to her childhood home in Brisbane as an older woman, having escaped what she felt was a dreary existence, to a dysfunctional marriage to Colin Porteous in Sydney, and then, after her divorce, to London.She has returned home following the death of her mother and older sister to find the inevitable change after her long absence, and a degree of contentment.Nora cont [...]

    26. From the back cover Nora Porteous has spent most of her life waiting to escape Fleeing from her small town family and then from her stifling marriage to a mean spirited husband, Nora arrives finally in London where she creates a new life for herself as a successful dressmaker Now in her seventies, Nora returns to Queensland to settle into her childhood home But Nora has been away a long time, and the people and events are not at all like she remembered them This is a well worn literary trope mid [...]

    27. Found this book, by an unknown to me author on a giveaway shelf in Berkeley I was enchanted by Anderson s voice and the story A young woman, youngest of three children, always knows she will must leave her provincial Australian town but has no models and no encouragement She also knows somehow that she is deeply an artist but doesn t know how to explore this identity The author takes her to Sydney, to a deeply unsatisfying marriage, to London and, in old age, back to her home Beautifully written [...]

    28. Tirra Lirra by the River is an exciting journey of life, in which the narrator Nora stumbles through her past memories, being not what they once were, to discover who she has become and to question whether her life is set out through destiny or through the choices made Nora s story is influenced by many factors, but it is the possibility of death that draws her towards the past and what has bought her to her present.Jessica Anderson creates this wonderful world that is so realistic and where the [...]

    29. Wistful, melancholic and unobtrusive I feel like it s talking about how people always want to know exactly the kind of person they are, but time passes so fast that they can only see their past selves clearly Also that poor cat

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