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by Ruth Park

  • ISBN: 0312001541
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ruth Park
  • Subcategory: British & Irish
  • Other formats: azw txt azw mobi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (February 1, 1987)
  • Pages: 247 pages
  • FB2 size: 1515 kb
  • EPUB size: 1818 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 510
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Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the . Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days of their courtship in the dusty outback.

Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations, the bush and the country towns. We meet them as they were in the early 1920s, drifter Hugh Darcy, the unwilling hero who sweeps the dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker off her feet.

Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations, the bush and the country towns.

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Ruth Park has been described as an Australian Charles Dickens. The book is in two parts and seems to me as if there is a chunk missing from the middle. This is an interesting expose of life in poorer areas of Sydney last century. Many of the characters living in poverty in Sydney come to life in a way Dickens described his characters in poverty in London. The characters are credible and often universal. The characters are real and the scenes vividly described.

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Callie's Castle introduces Callie Cameron, who is unhappy with her friend Frances, her family and, well. With her brothers and sister running riot through her bedroom, reading her diary and ruining her treasures, she's desperate for a space to call her own. Even the promised new house is proving to be a letdown, until her beloved grandfather helps her find a solution

The story of the Darcys, Tookeys, and Kilkers, Irish immigrants who left the poverty of their native land for a new start in a distant country
Reviews about Missus (7):
caster
The Harp in the South portrays the life of a Catholic working class Irish Australian family living in the Sydney Slum suburb of Surry Hills in the first half of the 1900s. The Darcy family consists of Hughie, an unsuccessful man often drunk, his wife Margaret (Mumma), the strength of the family and their two daughters Roie and Dolour. Margaret's mother (Grandma), a bit of a wild character, comes to live with the Darcys. Also portrayed are the lives of the tenants, Orangeman Patrick Diamond and Miss Sheily, mother of an intellectually handicapped child. Their neighbour Chinese fruitier Lick Johnny also features in many chapters.

Ruth Park has been described as an Australian Charles Dickens. Many of the characters living in poverty in Sydney come to life in a way Dickens described his characters in poverty in London. The characters are credible and often universal. The inept antics of two young people (Roie and Joseph Mendel) in their first relationship are something that many of us would have memories of.

The author graphically brings Surry Hills, nearby Paddy's market and the beach suburb of Narrabeen back to life. They are very different places now. Against this background we can understand much of how the characters feel about their lives. Each character is allowed to present his or her inner thoughts and in this way the reader understands them all better. The characters like Roie and Mumma grow and develop. Many others show a caring side that we all have. The depictions of inner conflicts in the characters make them realistic. The story is warm-hearted and I left the book with the strong feeling that human relations can make life worthwhile even living in a slum.

The book was launched in Sydney when it won a literary award in Sydney Morning Herald in 1949 with some controversy. Some letter writers to the newspaper argued that the slums depicted were a fantasy and there were no slums in Sydney. Ruth Park said that the book was based on her own experiences when she moved to Surry Hills from Auckland in 1942.

The book raises a number of social issues.
* The disparity between the rich (in Rose Bay and other suburbs) and poor (Surrey Hills) in Sydney. Something that is sometimes denied.
* The role of women in a man's world.
* The influential role of the church.
Ral
What could have been viewed as a tragic & depressing story was not, although the Darcy family live in abject poverty & dysfunction, they have a wealth of family love. The characters, sinners & saintlike, warm the heart as they endure the many disappointments visited upon them. A truly wonderful story that does not sugar coat or romanticise, yet leaves a lasting impression of the slum area & it's inhabitants of Surry Hills.
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Chankane
The author's obit appeared in The Gray Lady recently. On a whim I ordered this book used for 1 cent. It was published in 1947. It is a fond reminiscence of the Irish experience in Australia. The shanty Irish provided the brute labor for the Aussie Industrial Revolution. They were poor as dirt and lived in decrepit tenenments where bed bugs sucked there blood as a nightly ritual. The flaws of this family are fondly recounted. This family is afflicted by alchoholism, poverty, and disappointment. There is a tragic loss of a young child. The daughter is are so naive she gets knocked-up and needs to visit a back alley abortionist. There is mostly grinding poverty occassionally offset by glimmers of joy or moments of happiness. This book is surprisingly readable. It is like a soap opera which opens a window on the early 20th century Irish immigrant experience in Australia. The author shows pride of craft and executes at a high level. Recommended.
Billy Granson
The book is in two parts and seems to me as if there is a chunk missing from the middle.
This is an interesting expose of life in poorer areas of Sydney last century. The characters are real and the scenes vividly described.
It possibly drags on a bit long but worth the read.
HeonIc
Wellwritten and exciting familiy epic story from Australia, 2 generations workingclass irish.
Manesenci
What a delicious story of Australia and its' people. This is a story of the harsh outback and the harsh way of life. Could not put this novel down, love reading historical stories of our past and have only admiration for our ancestors. They worked hard and played hard and times were very tough indeed. Great read
Gir
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the wonderfully descriptive writing. I was swept along with the story and was quite disappointed when it came to a close. It left me wanting more!
My introduction to this wonderful novel was prompted by its high rating in a recent poll of best all- time Australian books. Ruth Park provides a captivating tale of life for a battling family in suburban Sydney. The characters are portrayed in a rich and convincing manner and the reader is soon drawn into their trials, relationships and recurring hardships. Underpinning their apparent misfortune we sense their fundamental resilience and drive to care for their loved ones.
Thoroughly recommended.

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