[Murray Bail] Eucalyptus [womens studies Book] TXT



10 thoughts on “Eucalyptus

  1. says:

    I found this to be an enjoyable modern day fairy tale written in a rather unusual way The prose is outstandingly beautiful and needs to be read slowly and carefully but at the same time the central story demands the reader's attention and th

  2. says:

    There go those blurbs again tricking me into thinking that I could actually enjoy the book Best courtship story

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    Nothing else I guess Eucalyptus lives up to its title It’s about a man whose wife dies while giving birth to their daughter The man collects the life insurance moves to a small town in western New South Wales an

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    After getting a hefty insurance cheue because he wagered his wife would have twins one is still born Holland buys an almost treeless property in western New South Wales His wife has passed away; he has only his little girl Ellen He's no farmer He starts planting eucalyptus trees on the farm and it soon turns into a hobby then an obsession H

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    Jan 2015I've recently read this for the third time and relished the opportunity to slow down and enjoy Bail's language and the slow and intricate windings of the multiple stories which make up this treasure of a bookThe main narrative line is a clever and gentle adaptation of a traditional folk tale form transformed in its relocation to an isolated Australian farm The seemingly impossible uest set by a father for suitor

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    “A person meets thousands of different people across a lifetime a woman thousands of different men of all shades and many if she constantly passes through different parts of the world Even so of the many different people a person on average meets it is rare for one to fit almost immediately in harmony and general interest For all the choices available the odds are enormousThe miracle is there to be grasped

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    There's a very fairy tale like uality about this book that I liked a lot and the very Australian flavor of the narration made it a highly unusual read for me as well I have some issues with the passivity of the heroine which isn't a terribly surprising thing given the heavy fairy tale flavor of the story but foun

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    Eucalyptus is a fairy tale and contains all the elements you would expect in a fairy tale recast in a rural Australian setting – there’s mythical beauty a princess trapped in her castle suitors from distant lands and an enchanted forest Whether it’s the Australian setting or Bail’s cleverly created characters the story comes across as wholly believable which in itself is magical Each chapter is named after a species of euc

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    2 hour trip to botanical gardens fun and interesting 200 page book about every eucalyptus known to man dreadfulwoman allowing father to marry her off to stranger who wins an insufferable tree naming contest in a fairy tale uaintin modern society substantially irritating

  10. says:

    This peculiar uniue book really appealed to me and when I finished I considered starting it all over again It's a physically short book I don't know how many words but the mix of short anecdotes little stories and botanical information that po

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F eucalyptus trees then decrees that only the suitor who can name each and every one of them will be worthy to marry his beautiful daughter Ell. Eucalyptus is a fairy tale and contains all the elements you would expect in a fairy tale recast in a rural Australian setting there s mythical beauty a princess trapped in her castle suitors from distant lands and an enchanted forest Whether it s the Australian setting or Bail s cleverly created characters the story comes across as wholly believable which in itself is magical Each chapter is named after a species of eucalypt and includes a string of short intricate and seemingly inconseuential stories which link to varying degrees to the name characteristics or habitat of particular eucalypt species The stories are told from the point of view of different characters achieved most successfully through the character known only as the stranger His stories begin with enticing opening lines such as Off the coast of Victoria was a wife of a lighthouse keeper who became addicted to kite flying How can you not keep reading when presented with that Any book that truly finishes on the very last page in a way that is so unexpected so surprising and so intensely satisfying wins me I did not see where the story was heading until the last page and I closed the book smiling and amazed at the cleverness of the conclusionSee my full review here Sottomissione varying degrees to the name characteristics or habitat of particular eucalypt species The stories are told from the point of Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown view of different characters achieved most successfully through the character known only as the stranger His stories begin with enticing opening lines such as Off the coast of Victoria was a wife of a lighthouse keeper who became addicted to kite flying How can you not keep reading when presented with that Any book that truly finishes on the The Isles very last page in a way that is so unexpected so surprising and so intensely satisfying wins me I did not see where the story was heading until the last page and I closed the book smiling and amazed at the cleverness of the conclusionSee my full review here

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The idea that Holland's daughter was like the princess locked in the tower of a damp castle was of course false After all she was living on a p. There go those blurbs again tricking me into thinking that I could actually enjoy the book Best courtship story it said New York Times Notable Book of the Year it saidHolland acuires a land and then eventually becomes obsessed with planting eucalyptus trees in it His daughter Ellen grows up to be a beauty and he decides he will let the man who can name all species of eucalypti in his land marry his daughter Dozens of suitors tried to no avail Until Ellen meets a mysterious man under a eucalyptus tree who proceeds to tell her stories and thus a curious courtship begins Sounds like a fairy tale to me and boy do I love fairy talesThat s not what I got Maybe I could have enjoyed the courtship story if I weren t being constantly bombarded with facts and passages about eucalypti which I ve never seen in my life It s a story with lots of stories in it and sometimes the author steps out of line and discusses the book itself I just couldn t like the writing style I just wanted to know what the courtship was So I skimmed through the pages and gathered thatThis book literally is about eucalyptusMurray Bail writes like an old man who writes for old men which I guess he isI finally met the mysterious man young man the synopsis said but he s really into his 30s seriously that s a young man who I think remains unnamed until the end of the bookThe man tells stories to Ellen that are inspired by the species of eucalyptus he happens to see thus naming all eucalypti and winning Ellen s hand in marriageIt would ve been such a good love story if only it weren t written the way it is Severe frustration Cenote ve never seen in my life It s a story with lots of stories in it and sometimes the author steps out of line and discusses the book itself I just couldn t like the writing style I just wanted to know what the courtship was So I skimmed through the pages and gathered thatThis book literally is about eucalyptusMurray Bail writes like an old man who writes for old men which I guess he isI finally met the mysterious man young man the synopsis said but he s really into his 30s seriously that s a young man who I think remains unnamed until the end of the bookThe man tells stories to Ellen that are inspired by the species of eucalyptus he happens to see thus naming all eucalypti and winning Ellen s hand in marriageIt would Sottomissione ve been such a good love story if only it weren t written the way it is Severe frustration

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Roperty in western New South Wales Once upon a time on a property in western New South Wales a man named Holland plants hundreds of varieties o. Jan 2015I ve recently read this for the third time and relished the opportunity to slow down and enjoy Bail s language and the slow and intricate windings of the multiple stories which make up this treasure of a bookThe main narrative line is a clever and gentle adaptation of a traditional folk tale form transformed in its relocation to an isolated Australian farm The seemingly impossible uest set by a father for suitors of his daughter is to name all the Eucalyptus trees he has planted on his property Unwelcome suitors arrive and fail No heads lost they are just sent packingAll the while the unassuming eventual winner is present and sets out to woo the daughter herself rather than the father by telling stories inspired by the trees Very nicely I thought the father has previously warned his beautiful daughter to beware of any man who deliberately tells a story it s worth asking when a man starts concocting a story in front of you Why is he telling it What does he want pp52 53 When the stranger appears and starts to tell stories they are so unlike anything Ellen has heard before that she is entranced The stranger s stories are all inspired by the eucalyptus trees their names ironbark bloodwood fuchsia gum their flowers the shapes of their leaves and their habit droopingweeping upright a guard or sentinel Ellen took little notice of the eucalypts behind the stories she allowed the world which was his and far beyond to come to her His roundabout way of telling one story after another depended on imagination and a breadth of experience and meant he was spending hours with her and her alone revealing a little of himself at a time only to disappear whenever he felt like it Sometimes with just a brief wave To be then left surrounded by nothing but grey trunks and a near absence of anything stirring added a scratchy unsatisfied uality to the silence Eucalypts are notorious for giving off an inhospitable unsympathetic air p159But as the determined unwanted suitor approved of by her father nears the end of his task Ellen becomes overwhelmed with an elaborate flowing looseness and turns to her bed lies there for days gradually fading She turns over the stories told her by the still unnamed stranger The way the stories began in a time worn way had relaxed her There was an old woman who lived at the foot of a dark mountain The uality of miracles has declined over the years Off the coast of Victoria was a wife of a lighthouse keeper who became addicted to kite flying p219The stories are elaborate elliptical unexpected in their twists and turns Ellen sees that Many were about daughters or women almost reuiring a man for themselves A woman finds a man and something unfortunate happens It doesn t last There were certainly stories about women than men she could see It wasn t necessary to count them up A daughter can never become a separate woman not really Fathers had strong and impassive positions in the world of stories too Many of his stories concerned a father or how he s clean forgotten his daughter thereby introducing a note of real sadness The women seemed to be searching or waiting for something else something almost indefinable but extra nevertheless such as a solution somewhere else or with someone she at once saw and recognised These were women who followed the idea of hope It seems to be their greatest obedience None of the stories is conventional Some are poignant some simultaneously unhappy and funny the couple who dislike each other and speak to each other only through their dog Some are about women trapped in a situation they wish to escape and sometimes a means of escape is offered They are integral to the progress of the central story the story of Ellen her father and the suitorsMichael Hulse in the Spectator called Eucalyptus a masterpiece Of the other review comments I have read this comment from the Judging Panel of the Miles Franklin Literary Award is beautifully succinct In his characteristically elegant and deceptively sparse manner Bail demonstrates the importance of narratives of story telling as a way of acuiring and learning about one s self and one s place It reconstitutes traditional romance conventions the father setting an impossible task for those who would win the hand of his daughter and rewrites them for Australia so that it is simultaneously local and universal in its orientation Eucalyptus won the 1999 Miles Franklin which is Australia s major annual literary award