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ISBN: 0060916591
Author: Elizabeth Jolley
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 1990)
Category: British & Irish
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 968
Size Fb2: 1232 kb
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Elizabeth Jolley was born in Birmingham, England as Monica Elizabeth Knight in 1923. Jolley also relies on her English background, especially her work as a nurse during World War II, the subject of My Father's Moon (1989).

Elizabeth Jolley was born in Birmingham, England as Monica Elizabeth Knight in 1923. She was educated privately until age 11, when she was sent to Sibford School, a Quaker boarding school. Miss Peabody's Inheritance (1983), one of Jolley's most interesting novels, combines the Australian and British experiences as it reveals the ironic relationship between a lonely, pathetic Englishwoman and an Australian woman she thinks lives a life of adventure and glamour.

My Father's Moon book. I mean, how could you not read a book that was called that? What a title! This is the first of a series of three novels based on Jolley's life - with Cabin Fever next and The George's Wife the last one. I loved this book, but got stuck on Cabin Fever and never finished the three of them. I ought to go back to them again and start over.

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My father’s moon is the first book in Jolley’s l trilogy, the others being Cabin fever and The George’s wife. It won The Age Book of the Year Award in 1989

My father’s moon is the first book in Jolley’s l trilogy, the others being Cabin fever and The George’s wife. It won The Age Book of the Year Award in 1989. I am an Elizabeth Jolley fan – and, along with Helen Garner, another Jolley fan, I enjoy the way she repeats and revisits stories and characters from one book or story to another. In this book is the chapter, Night Runner, which was published as a short story in Meanjin in December 1983, and again in a short story anthology, Room to move, published in 1985.

Set in wartime England this novel relates the story of Vera,a nurse who has a baby and a friend Ramsden, and parents who don't understand her.

A young woman's coming-of-age in the tragic surroundings of World War II London, from the acclaimed Australian author, Elizabeth Jolley.

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. The George's Wife.

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Monica Elizabeth Jolley AO (4 June 1923 – 13 February 2007) was an English-born Australian writer who settled in Western Australia in the late 1950s and forged an illustrious literary career there. She was 53 when her first book was published, and she went on to publish fifteen novels (including an autobiographical trilogy), four short story collections and three non-fiction books, publishing well into her 70s and achieving significant critical acclaim.

This moving masterpiece by one of Australia’s leading novelists-now in its Persea’s series of Elizabeth Jolley revivals. Set in 1940s wartime England, the trilogy follows young Vera, who leaves her cultivated Midlands home to become a nurse in a military hospital and is catapulted into adulthood through unorthodox love entanglements with both men and women, two illegitimate children, and finally emigration to Australia, where, from her new vantage point-now a doctor and writer-she looks back on her.

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Fleeing her constricted home life, Veronica Wright becomes a nurse, caring for the casualties from Normandy and becoming infatuated with a philandering doctor


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I purchased a paper-back copy of “The Vera Wright Trilogy” a month ago and have now finished reading the first volume “My Father’s Moon”. I wanted to read this compilation of three of her best novels because they are recognised as the most autobiographical of her 23 literary works, and I wished to understand Elizabeth Jolley as a person, as well as an Australian writer of the twentieth century with an international reputation, who passed away in 2007.

I was disappointed when the book first arrived, and I thumbed through its pages. There was no plot. It was a collection of disjointed, out of sequence reminiscences, as they had sprung to her mind. Numerous characters entered the narrative with little introduction, only to be abandoned without mention as they sank from her memory.

But then I started reading “My Father’s Moon” from the beginning and became increasingly absorbed with her yarn, knowing that in the fictional character Vera Wright, she has related her own intimate experiences as a school-girl maturing into womanhood. Her recollections, still vivid, express her inner thoughts and feelings, some cherished, others painful.

The opening scene is a painful one. To her parents' dismay she had become pregnant out of wedlock, and had bravely chosen to keep her child Helena, despite the ongoing shame and hardship for single mothers then. On her own, Vera returned to live with her parents, but soon became all too aware of her Austrian mother's disapproval, and disappointment. When her mother reproached her for "breeding like a rabbit" and then made a pitch for custody of Helena, a shamed Vera could bear the humiliation no longer. In anger she flung the baby's milk bottle across the kitchen, and vowed to go and never return, taking her toddler with her.

Although he shared his wife’s restrictive Quaker beliefs, her father expressed no criticism. He loved her too dearly to wound her further with his words. Instead he tried to comfort her with the thought that when she saw the moon, wherever she was, he would see it too, and would be thinking of her.

It was also precious to her how he always accompanied her to the railway station when she left home, whether it was for school, the hospital nursing home, or on the last occasion for a bleak, impersonal institution at which in return for her domestic labour she would be able to obtain food and lodging, and early school for Helena. On such occasions her father would linger chatting with her until the train doors closed, and as the departing train gathered speed, he would run along the platform for final glimpses, until at the end of the platform, he would stand waving and waving until he lost sight of the train in the distance.

Elizabeth Jolley in her stories of Vera Wright, expresses regret for having treated some kind folk, including no doubt her own family, shabbily. She had always tried to be honest in her self-assessments, and in these stories, she is apologetic over events in her life of which she is not proud. It must be said by way of explanation rather than excuse, that we all are victims, or beneficiaries, of the circumstances in which we live.

Her most formative years were adversely affected by the outbreak of the Second World War with Germany. Although she was born into a caring middle-class home, and received a good Quaker boarding school education, she missed the security of the life she knew at home. When after she finished school she chose to become a nurse, contrary to her mother’s wishes, she needed, as did all nurses of the day, to live in crowded hospital nursing quarters.

Institutional life cut short the family nurturing she craved, but as a result she became more resourceful and independent. She was industrious in her study and became an outstanding student who successfully competed for high grades, as well as for the respect and affection of others. Naively, she did not always foresee the reverses that life can bring; reverses she had to endure and manage on her own.

What conclusions have I made of Elizabeth Jolley’s character after reading the first volume of her trilogy? It seems to me that she was a lovable and loving girl. She was smart and popular, vivacious and fun-loving, one everyone wished to befriend, even if it meant over-looking her tendency to scheme and connive to secure the things she coveted. She became capable when needed, of imaginative fabrications more often than not, for the benefit of those she loved.

Australians have adopted Elizabeth Jolley as one of their own, and are proud of her successes and many awards. But she writes more feelingly of her early life in the more culturally aware United Kingdom, than of the less cultured Australian society to which she migrated with her husband in 1959.

Touching as they do on some of life’s most moving events, her works will endure, to be read and enjoyed in the years to come. I would encourage others to study her books, and to make their own conclusions about her life and works.

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