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City of Girls
- By: Elizabeth Gilbert
- Narrated by: Blair Brown
- Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre.
Keep your expectations low
- By Stella Martin on 21-08-2019
New York a stunning backdrop
Initially the New York accent grated on my ears, but the story soon won me over, at which time the accent became essential, even enjoyable.
City of Girls is a wonderfully insightful feminist view of (among other things) theatrical life from the late 1930’s through the war years, following the life of one woman and finishing when she is in her nineties.
Full of interesting characters and descriptions of the changes through the decades of New York City and some of its inhabitants as the main character comes to terms with her own values and lifestyle.
I was constantly fascinated with this story, so far removed from my own life, extending to me a glimpse of times and places I had never known.
As a woman I was particularly interested in the main character’s struggle as a woman living an unconventional life. This is also essential reading for the intelligent male interested in this alternative viewpoint.
Absolutely highly recommended.
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Boy Swallows Universe
- By: Trent Dalton
- Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
- Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.
Hard to press stop!
- By Anonymous User on 08-10-2018
Australian Fiction at it’s best
I was captured by this book in the first 30 seconds. I particularly loved the Australian settings and characters which were beautifully detailed, authentic and interesting.
Boy Swallows Universe captures life as seen by a young boy, in less than auspicious circumstances who nevertheless is loved.
It’s an exciting tale, of life lived in many ways on the fringe.
But at the same time it’s also about themes to which anyone can relate.
Original, funny, nail-biting at it’s climax.