It’s a very ‘undergraduate’ review, and I’m considering going back to uni (third time’s a charm) to get a Masters – mostly so I can feel less inadequate when I go to describe things as ‘undergraduate’.*
*If that particular version of the future happens, and one of my lecturers reads this blog nonsense, let it be known that I’m not sure if I’ve used any punctuation correctly in that sentence. Somehow, an awareness of your own ignorance makes it more acceptable?
The point I’m slowly getting to is that, try as I might, I don’t like Helen Garner, and I feel fairly guilty about said fact.
I’ve tried Monkey Grip; I read The Children’s Bach, and I really disliked them both.
As an Australian, with an interest in literature, I worry that disliking the likes of Helen Garner marks me as, ahem “UN-AUSTRAYAN!”
The film adaptation of Monkey Grip has Noni Hazlehurst in it, for pity’s sake. How could I possibly dislike something that gave screen-time to Noni? NONI!
I must have been feeling fairly brave when I sent in my review. In Australian universities decrying Helen Garner is grounds for having your Arts degree revoked.*
I think it’s tricky to dislike things that are objectively very good, especially when you know that you also enjoy things that…aren’t.
I like Buzzfeed and The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Here’s a brief sojourn from my discussion (rambling) to celebrate that fact: