I thought I’d recap on my year of reading during my Year of Writing (since my ‘six months off’ kinda snowballed there). Goodreads tells me that in 2011, while I was allowing the bulk of my productive time to be sucked into the pitiful task of ‘earning money’, I read …
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Whatever your preference, whether you’re a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women’s writing. Last December I signed up for the Miles challenge to read 6 books …
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- Liar, Justine Larbalestier (can't review friends' books, Ambien cost, Order Ambien from United States pharmacy, sorry!)
- The Transit of Venus, Shirley Hazzard
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But THE TRANSIT OF VENUS is a marvellous book, a literary love story which ponders beauty and time, and is written with Hazzard’s trademarked sharp, searing prose. Hazzard offers up deceptively tiny moments which come to define her characters and stories later on, and reward careful reading and re-reading (and I will likely re-read this book, generic Lorazepam, despite having re-read about 3 books in my life). Lorazepam street price, Later in the novel you will often find yourself struck dumb by her foresight, having mistaken her verisimilitude for reality, but a more beautiful and meaningful reality than you yourself had so far had access to, where can i buy Lorazepam online. There is something painfully sensitive about Shirley Hazzard's writing, Where to buy Lorazepam, and I love it.
Take for example, the defining piece of writing about Ted Tice, which occurs on page 16 of a 335-page novel.
"“His story has such nobility you can scarcely call it unsuccessful.” Ted Tice was honouring the faith, Lorazepam over the counter, not the failure.”
You will not understand, Lorazepam without prescription, when you first read this, that the same can be said about Ted. Not until the final pages, Lorazepam price, coupon. And then you’ll be tempted to call him a failure anyhow, for holding something as old-fashioned as faith, Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription. But you won’t be able to. Buy cheap Lorazepam no rx, Because over 300 pages ago, Hazzard corrected you. And in the end, canada, mexico, india, briefly, Lorazepam trusted pharmacy reviews, Ted Tice’s faith is indeed honoured. Just a little. Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription, Just enough to make you admire him and feel sad for him, and wish he'd let the world corrupt him as the world so often does.
Also (more grimly) enjoyable are Hazzard's sly asides about Australia, a place whose “history soon terminated in its unsuccess” (page 32), a place perhaps unable to offer up "the full prestige of green" (page 26). A place, Lorazepam results, you end up thinking, Lorazepam online cod, that feels like the past for Hazzard, that lacks the future-promise of America where her protagonist winds up.
As to the bad: as someone forty years younger than Hazzard, I admit some of her ‘olde worldeness’ made me uncomfortable, buy Lorazepam online no prescription. Her description, Where can i order Lorazepam without prescription, for example, of “the men with their assertions great and small, the women all submission or dominion” (age 84, cheap Lorazepam, yes I really did bookmark all these precise, Is Lorazepam safe, efficient pieces of prose). And it’s true that Hazzard’s men are often cold and full of bluster, and her women are such passive little things you want to wring their slender necks, Lorazepam schedule. When heroine, What is Lorazepam, Caroline Bell, asserts that her true capability may be ‘to love’ (I didn’t bookmark the page: it annoyed me too much), I wondered what she meant, kjøpe Lorazepam på nett, köpa Lorazepam online. I would have thought her true capability, from the evidence of her behaviour, was to do pretty close to nothing, and let the world act on her, and then feel sort of melancholic about it.
But then you have these wonderful moments, such as this, when a woman confronts a man, Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription. “In a long pause he was made to feel her superior strength, Buy Lorazepam without a prescription, and the fact that she had been withholding it for years out of charity” (page 193). And you find yourself, after you finish the book, after Lorazepam, missing that marvellous, Cheap Lorazepam no rx, eye-opening and surprising prose with its intelligent humour, its fierce wit.
Because this is where we get to the real ‘bad’ of Transit of Venus, and I’m afraid it’s Caroline Bell, taking Lorazepam, that milksop of a heroine who takes up far too much of the book even though at the beginning it holds out hope of being some kind of ensemble piece (it’s not; it’s mainly about Caroline Bell). Purchase Lorazepam for sale, I keep calling her Caroline Bell, of course, but in the book she’s more often called Caro, buying Lorazepam online over the counter, a discordant abbreviation that left me seething. Purchase Lorazepam online no prescription, Was it some kind of mistaken ‘Australianism’, a play on the idea we all shorten our names. Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription, Because no one calls a Caroline ‘Caro’ instead of ‘Carol’. Just saying.
But no, herbal Lorazepam. My frustration drove me to Googling, Lorazepam dosage, and I found that Caro is latin for ‘flesh’. (Or ‘meat’ or ‘meat eater’, both of which suit her better.) By this reasoning, Lorazepam pharmacy, then, Buy Lorazepam without prescription, Caro is flesh while her far more likeable sister Grace is spirit. By extension, Caro is the sister ‘of the body’, effects of Lorazepam, the sensual sister, Lorazepam without a prescription, the woman in the text who signifies flesh and the act of love, and of loving.
Which drives me mad. Because it seems to me that any sensual woman ‘of the flesh’ would not be so numbingly placid as Caro (gah, Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription. Caro!) Bell, purchase Lorazepam. That any woman capable of love – romantic love – would also, My Lorazepam experience, surely, enjoy sex. She might even experience orgasm, Lorazepam samples. And this is where it comes crashing down, Where can i find Lorazepam online, for me, because I cannot imagine our wan little Caro Bell, in her bloody blue dresses, Lorazepam alternatives, orgasming. Buy Lorazepam Without Prescription, Even though she has sex throughout the book, I’m sure she is capable only of a sigh and a melancholic turning away, and then some ridiculous assertion that her 'capability is to love’. Real brand Lorazepam online, Not ‘to come’.
But perhaps Hazzard didn’t mean ‘flesh’. Caro can also mean ‘dear’ or ‘darling’, which might make better sense, Lorazepam reviews, since Caro is obviously dear to Shirley Hazzard (not so much to me, Ordering Lorazepam online, though). And when Caro is dropped into the world’s most miserable relationship with one of the world’s most miserable men, you can’t help but feel Hazzard’s sympathy for her dear Carol. Sorry, Caro. You can’t help feeling it, and marvelling at Hazzard’s authorial cruelty to have put Caro there in the first place. And when poor, old Caro is surprised by her lover on an evening walk, and reacts with something like fear, and Hazzard steps in to curse the fates that pulled these two, agonised lovers together yet again – when that happened I, of course, more astutely cursed Shirley Hazzard.
But I still bought three more of her books. Because I know a Maestro when I read one.
This review is part of the AWWC2012 challenge & is cross posted on Goodreads.com..
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