Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tirra Lirra by the River

"Tirra Lirra by the River" was a find I picked up at Women and Children First.  It was novella length and put out by Melville which is usually a good sign.  This was our pick for August so I'm a bit behind in posting about it.  I really liked this book.  It was very quiet and reminded me of Marilynne Robinson and Paul Harding.

How does it feel to look back at your life?  Maybe when you are in it day to day the small details take over but when you take it in full it's pretty amazing.  I'm not sure the main character of this book felt she had a good life but she did have accomplishments.  "Who does she think she is?"  Did she ever find out?  Did she ever know?  Also a lot to discuss with England v. Australia and power over another person/country. We talked about how the book was published in 1978 but felt much older.  Did women's rights come later in other countries or areas?  Did that cause us some frustration with the story?  A good book for a book group and also one we all agreed we could re-read.

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