Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.
In this extraordinary memoir, Magda Szubanski describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.
With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.
Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its listeners.
©2015 Magda Szubanski (P)2015 Bolinda
Magda Szubanski is someone I have always deeply appreciated but this autobiography felt like a unique and new creation, something that I would love even if I didn't have such admiration for this lovely actress. It is beautiful, well constructed, and at moments wonderfully profound. Well written, sympathetic and cathartic without being self indulgent, so much recommendation coming from this brain right now...
I'd heard good things of this book. Even so, it exceeded my expectations. I was frequently moved by her depictions of her parents, of their dilemmas, of her dilemmas.
The thing that makes this an outstanding audiobook is that her tale is diversely populated - mainly with Poles and Scots, whose accents she captures very well. And occasionally she throws in a Dutch accent or an ocker one.
She deals with important themes - right/wrong, life/death, struggles with sexuality and identity, politics of oppression, encountering feminism.
As a heterosexual Jewish-Polish male nearly ten years older than Magda, I love this book.
The fact Magda narrated the story of her life
None, its her original personal journey
Her tone and understanding
Magda is an amazing lady who i admire even more now i have heard her story.
Loved this book. Interesting, insightful, funny, sad and entertaining.
A complex personal story of self and family.
Was lovely to hear Magda's story in Magda's own words.
Race through this book and found myself making excuses to find time to keep listening to it. A new aussie classic!
Loved this book. Magda as narrator was so easy to listen to and entertaining. Often giggled when sharron crept in. Inspiring story loved every minute of it.
Magda is one talented lady. This book was raw and honest, and her story telling remarkable. Listening to Magda reading her story was very special, particular her mum's Scottish accent. I loved this book and would be happy to listen to Magda tell her story every day.
What an extraordinary memoir. Powerful, poignant, frank, funny...it made me happy and angry and laugh and cry and think and wish.
It is written with such poise and honesty. Some passages are almost poetry.
Magda's family is incredible, particularly that lovely mum and that stoic courageous father. Magda, if you're reading this, your father had nothing to be ashamed of and everything to be proud of. What strength both your parents have shown.
I loved the idea of hearing your story in your voice. Its a rare privilege to hear a person's autobiography in their own voice. What a shame we can't dig up old Dickens and get him to narrate Great Expectations
And Magda, you're an absolute champion. I love your orginality, your wit, your way with words and of course that extraordinary ability to give voice to others.
Congratulations on coming out and writing so meaningfully of the pain and uncertainty you've endured. It is a tribute to your own courage and more importantly an inspiration to others.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I usually listen to academic and political books, this book was suggested by my wife and it was outstanding!
Her struggles with her family background and sexuality are so heartfelt, so distressing and complicated that you can't help but be drawn in.
Of course there is also plenty of humour and mimicry.
All in all absolutely a must listen!
What an amazing and honest account of love war and humour in it's raw form. Well narratored Only the author could have given this book the justice Well done Magda Thank you for sharing your family history with the world Good on you for having the courage to come out too! You made me laugh cry and question humanity!
So worth reading or listening to.
A story of of her family and others in which she pays homage to the past and the Polish resistance. But so much more than this as well. Magda is so open and honest about her life. Her role as a public figure scarcely figures in this recounting of her life except as incidental. Historical events involving her family cannot but place things coming afterwards into perspective.
As one who has always had an interest in biographies i can say that this is up there with the best.
I absolutely loved this story, and especially Magda's telling of it. highly recommended very compelling
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