#AWW2019 Helen Garner
- Author: Helen Garner
- Title: Everywhere I Look
- Published: 2016
- Genre: essays
- Rating: A+++++
- Trivia: 2017 Indie Book Awards WINNER non-fiction
- Trivia: 2018 longlist Kibble Literary Award for an established author
- Trivia: 2017 shortlist NSW Premier’s Literary Award
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- I immediately felt an connection with Helen Garner when
- reading this book.
- The years are creeping up on both of us and she describes
- moments I have gone through.
- 6 shoeboxes of old photographs
- that failed to make the cut for the album.
- and having to endure how young we looked
- I threw out all the photo’s and negatives
- ….just like Helen did!
Cleaning out closets…
- Storage room, drawers….just like Helen said
- “once you start you have to keep going til it’s done”.
- In July it took me 9 days to clean out my house from top to bottom.
- I hesitated when I had to throw
- out my favorite sweatshirt.
- It was 10 yrs old, fraying at the cuffs.
- It had to go but I still think about it!
- A house can be domineering,
- ….you have to get into the driver’s seat.
- Bed…is mother
- ...and bed is the center of our personal universe.
- It is the safe point from which we let
- …ourselves down in to the shadows of sleep.
- In August I finally decided to get a new bed…after 40 years!
- It is deluxe and I feel the arms of mother embracing me every time
- I go to sleep.
Dear Mrs. Dunkley…
- We all have a teacher that was unforgettable
- Who was yours?
Part Three: Dreams of Her Real Self
- So impressive thoughts about Helen Garner’s
- grandchildren, daughter, mother, father….
Authors I met in the book:
Elizabeth Jolley -Novels
- Palomino (1980)
- The Newspaper of Claremont Street (1981)
- Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983)
- Mr Scobie’s Riddle (1983)
- Milk and Honey (1984)
- Foxybaby (1985)
- The Well (1986)
- The Sugar Mother (1988)
- My Father’s Moon (1989)
- Cabin Fever (1990)
- The Georges’ Wife (1993)
- The Orchard Thieves (1995)
- Famous last line in this book:
- ‘The difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is a week.’
- Lovesong (1997)
- An Accommodating Spouse (1999)
- An Innocent Gentleman (2001)
Janet Malcom (1934)
- American writer, journalist, staff writer The New Yorker
- Is the writer who influenced and taught
- Helen Garner more than any other!
- According to Garner, Janet Maclom draws on
- deep learning yet plain in its address.
- That is a perfect description of Garner’s writing as well!
- Jacob Rosenburg “Sunset West”
- Alex Miller – “Coal Creek”
- Raimond Gaita
- “Romulus, My Father” (Australian philosopher)
It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.
Best Film Australian Film Industry 2007
ORDERED THE MOVIE !!
- This was a book I did not want to end.
- Garner’s insights about Russel Crowe’s filmography
- and an Australian Ballet company were mesmerizing.
- But my favorite essay was ‘The Insults of Age”.
- This will be recognizable for every 60+’er!
- Helen Garner’s writing is clean and crisp
- ..nothing is slick or shallow.
- It is “reading caviar” !