(Updated November 20th, 2013.)
Australian literature branched off in the 19th century to include Aboriginal issues, the land’s unique rural and urban contrasts, and Australia’s own social and political journey. Notable authors include novelists Nobel laureate Patrick White, Christina Stead, and Colleen McCullough; “bush poets” Henry Lawson and Banjo Peterson; historian Geoffrey Blainey; and cultural critics Germaine Greer and Clive James.
Recently, we asked Red Roomers to blog about their memories of Australia (if they'd lived there or visited) or their impressions (if they hadn't).
A few posts stood out:
- In 1994, it seemed like Australia was everywhere in popular culture. Member Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons reminds us of the year Oscar-winners dressed in American Express gowns and the best ABBA lip-sync ever was committed to film in her entry "You're Wicked, Muriel!"
- American Red Roomer William Jackson and his wife visited Australia and met a friendly sailor who was full of stories. Jackson recounts a few in "Stories from a Trip to Australia."
- If member Nancy Smith ever makes it Down Under, she writes in "Australia...a Few Thoughts and Digressions," that it will be to commune with kangaroos, echidnas, platypi, and wombats; see the land Colleen McCullough writes about so memorably; and remember movie and sports figures from Crocodile Dundee to Greg Norman. But really? It's the wombats.
These bloggers will receive books by Australian Red Room authors:
All You Bastards Can Go Jump Off a Bridge! is a 224-page collection of short comics by J Marc Schmidt. Many of the comics were originally published on J Marc's 3rd Blade webcomic project in 2009. There are many different genres inside, comedy, tragedy, fiction, farce, real life, a recipe, smut, war, optical illusion, theology, language, diary and more!
In American ex-pat Magdalena Ball's novel Black Cow, global recession is biting in Australia, and affluent Sydney suburbanites the Archer family is afraid. In a desperate bid for happiness and security they shed the fragile trappings of success and cruise over into the slow lane to take an unmapped turn-off on a country road and live off the land in a remote old farmhouse on the peaceful southern island of Tasmania. But is this an end to their old misery or the beginning of an even greater one?
In Quarantine, the third volume of his post-apocalyptic Alone series, James Phelan's hero, sixteen-year-old Jesse has lived through the unimaginable. In the scant few weeks since an explosion decimated New York City, only two types of people are left: Chasers, infected with a virus that turns them into bloodthirsty killing machines. . .and those they hunt. Jesse isn't waiting to be a victim. There's a collective of survivors in the city. Once he's located them, they can find some way out of Manhattan and Jesse can get help for those he's guiltily leaving behind.
I hope you'll read all of the entries in this blog challenge and leave comments letting the bloggers know what you liked about what they wrote. All of Red Room's past blog challenges are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room