#AUSReadingMonth 2019 An Unconventional Wife
- Author: Mary Hoban
- Title: An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold
- Published: 2019
- Genre: biography
- Trivia: WINNER QLD Non-Fiction Book Award 2019
- Trivia: WINNER QLD History Book Award 2019
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- Ms Hoban explains what drew
- …her to write about Julia Sorell Arnold
- It was very personal text that
- …made this reader eager to continue reading!
- I had to find out if Tom Arnold could
- …tame the high spirited Julia Sorell
- ..the the ruling belle of Hobart of Tasmania
- ..into the Victorian ideal of a wife?
Conflict: Tom vs Julia …and religion
- In the world that Julia and Tom inhabited
- religion was never simply about belief.
- It was about position. economic stability and place in society.
- This was true for Tom and Julia…and their children.
Tom’s weak point:
- He had a tyrannical understanding of marriage.
- He turned the blowtorch onto Julia.
- He blamed her for all that had happened to them.
Julia’s strong point:
- For a woman….marriage was a destiny,
- …nothing more, nothing less.
- But Julia would be…
- a revolutionary wife.
- not go where Tom took her
- not believe what he believed
- not do as he asked.
- This is a magnificent biography!
- Mary Hoban just swept me away to Tasmania and
- …then on to Brussels, England and Ireland.
- I was so engrossed in the story I had no time to take notes!
- Julia felt like a very modern woman…in a Victorian world:
- She was fiercely independent.
- Tom radiates toxic masculinity in every chapter.
- As in many marriages…partners hope to change each other’s behavior.
- We read in this book the collision course
- that Tom and Julia were destined to follow.
- Tom’s wife must in all things submit to him.
- Julia cannot give up her own soul.
- Their relationship becomes a battle to the death.
- Julia refused to adhere to the ideal of a Victorian woman.
- She refused to be silent.
- #Excellent biography!
Last Thoughts: (feedback to @bronasbooks)
- I rarely get ‘swept’ away with a biography but
- my heart just went out to Julia Sorell Arnold!
- Mary Hoban writes with a flair that touches on a novel….
- it is a well-crafted, beautifully rendered meditation on
- abandonment (Julia – mother)
- marriage (opposites attract)
- religion (Catholic and Protestant….sharing the same bed!)
- grief, (loss beloved father; children [stillborn, sickness])
- the ‘can’t live with you…but can’t live without you’
- ….type relationship between Julia and Arnold.
- It seem distance does make the heart grow fonder
- …and not to mention 9 children!
- I could go on and on
- ….but I hope this book is on your TBR
- …great read during Xmas holidays!
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This sounds magnificent stuff! Can’t wait to check it out myself now. Thanks for such a sterling, stirring review.
I rarely get ‘swept’ away with a biography but
my heart just went out to Julia Sorell Arnold!
Mary Hoban writes with a flair that touches on a novel….
it is a well-crafted, beautifully rendered meditation on abandonment (Julia – mother)
marriage, grief, (loss of children)
the ‘can’t live with you…but can’t live without you’ type relationship between Julia and Arnold.
It seem distance does make the heart grow fonder…and not to mention 9 children!
I could go on and on….but I hope this book is on your TBR …great read during Xmas holidays!