Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Book - 2016
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Everywhere I look is a collection of essays, diary entries and true stories spanning more than fifteen years of the work of one of Australia's greatest writers. Helen Garner takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for infanticide, from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice. The collection includes her famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother, and the story of her joy in discovering the ukulele. Everywhere I look is a multifaceted, profound portrait of life. It glows with insight and wisdom.
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2016
ISBN: 9781925355369
Branch Call Number: 824.914 Garn
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 29, 2017

This book is a collection of reviews, essays and diary entries, all of which are well written and some of which are interesting. However, it is a case of the sum not exceeding the parts. It seemed like a "filler" book.

Dec 25, 2016

The stories I loved most in this book were those where Helen Garner gives us her highly perceptive and incisive accounts of everyday events. Under her talented gaze the ordinary becomes the extraordinary and reminded me to never take the small, simple moments in life for granted.

Dec 05, 2016

It’s no secret that I very much enjoy Helen Garner's writing and feel a sense of wary affinity with her, bolstered by being much the same age and a fellow-Melburnian.This book differs from the others I’ve reviewed in that it is a collection of her essays, several of which I have read before in the Monthly. None of them are particularly long and they offer a slice of perspective and a way of looking, as the title suggests. She has a penetrating intensity that disguises itself as a general-looking-around. All in all, an absolutely delightful gift of Garner’s writing, all bundled up into one book.

See my fuller review at https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/everywhere-i-look-by-helen-garner/


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