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[Read] ➼ On Brunswick Ground ➹ Catherine de Saint Phalle –

On Brunswick Ground A Fresh And Sparkling Book That Strikes Deep Notes As It Flows Along Helen Garner Like The Suburb It Depicts, On Brunswick Ground Teems With Lives At Once Familiar And Strange, All Beautifully Lit By The Glint And Warmth Of Saint Phalle S Prose Shadowed By Local Tragedy, We Come To Care For These Characters As Much As They Care For Each Other With Wry Humour And In Unexpected Ways Roger Averill In The Melbourne Suburb Of Brunswick, A Female Narrator, Who Remains Unnamed Is Trying To Come To Terms With The Absence Of Jack, The Man She Loves In A Bar She Meets Bernice, A Radio Personality, In Her Late Thirties And Flirting With IVF Finding A Job As A Gardener, She Discovers That Her Co Worker, Mitali, Has An Unresolved Mourning That Attracts Other Deaths Into Its Orbit Later On, She Befriends The Resolutely Mysterious Bar Owner, Sarah, And Her Daughter, Mary, Who Has, For Potent And As Yet Unrevealed Reasons, Converted To Islam And Donned A Burqa The Lives Of These Women Are Characterised By Love And Loss, And Are Woven Together By Their Shared Grieving At The Senseless Murder Of Jill Meagher On Brunswick Ground Traverses The World Of Longing, Grief And Personal Loss With An Assured And Literary Touch It Is A Novel That Is Also Heart Warming, And Affirming Catherine De Saint Phalle Truly Understands The Surprising Ways In Which Tragedy And Loss Can Tighten The Bonds Of Friendship And Of A Community.

    10 thoughts on “[Read] ➼ On Brunswick Ground ➹ Catherine de Saint Phalle –

  1. says:

    On Brunswick Ground is a contemporary novel set in Melbourne It draws on the violent death of journalist Jill Meagher in 2012 to explore the fear that her death evoked in local women afraid to walk the streets The story is told through in first person by an unnamed narrator who is dealing with the absence of her partner Jack.The story follows her around local haunts, meeting radio presenter Bernice who in her late 30s has decided the only way to have a baby is with IVF and a sperm donor They drink at Sarah s bar, a woman derailed by the reappearance of her daughter Mary who has converted to Islam and wears a burqa By day the narrator works with Mitali as a gardner All of the women are dealing with unresolved grief or loss.The story moves slowly, revealing gradually the source of each woman s pain The setting is painstakingly and beautifully described with the menace of the recent murder a haunting backdrop I found de Saint Phalle s writing very fresh and some of her metaphors were lovely, like A cocktail of seasons can whisk around in a single day as the perfect description of Melbourne s unpredictable weather.But you can overdo the metaphors and coming across them at a rate of about two a page was too clever for me and really diluted the power of her writing and at times they just didn t work.I mostly enjoyed the extreme close point of view and the slow meandering through these women s lives but at times that too was overdone and I wished for some ...

  2. says:

    A heartfelt little novel reflecting on the effect that Jill Meagher s death had on the suburb of Brunswick A series of differing, interconnected characters, focusing largely on a handful of women who each suffer alongside one another through their own versions of pain and tragedy There are some beautifully crafted sentences and passages throughout this no...

  3. says:

    Beautiful, lyrical book about women, friendship, loss, relationships and most importantly, living in inner city Melbourne You don t have to have been there to appreciate the book but the suburb is almost another character.

  4. says:

    A nice read Felt like I was walking through Brunswick, alongside the protagonist of this book 3.75 stars, really.

  5. says:

    I loved this book Okay I m a little biased as I live near Brunswick and the people ans events are familiar to me I don t often read contemporary fiction bu this one grabbed me from the first word and pulled me along The story begins with the death of local woman Jill Meagher and then circles around the lives of a group of loosely connected friends The narrator who remains unnamed observes these people with wry humour and compassion, watching as friendship grow and deepen It s not a perfect book, the it has bumpy moments and the plotting is sometimes fanciful but it t...

  6. says:

    This short, lyrical book takes the murder of Jill Meagher as its jumping off point, exploring the ways in which the outpouring of public grief affects a handful of women living in Brunswick, all of whom have their own personal grieving to work through I really liked sections of this de Saint Phalle sums up characters beautifully in short phrases but there were moments when it all felt a bit too cutely ...

  7. says:

    It took me a while to get into it But by the end I really enjoyed this book and all the characters that we get to know The narrator s story is quite interesting but takes a while to unravel Grief binds the story together but each character expe...

  8. says:

    I found this book to be quite intense It touched on a lot of relevant topics, especially the murder of Jill Meagher, which is a true event here in Melbourne This is a novel though It is confronting, but really interesting to read.

  9. says:

    Interesting take on loss and being haunted against the back drop of a local murder Captures the essence of contemporary Brunswick well.

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