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New York a stunning backdrop

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2019

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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Australian Fiction at it’s best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2019

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.
Highly recommended.