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By: Lisa Hill on April 28, at pm Reply. By: Fallece la escritora Ruth Park, referente de la literatura en Asutralia otras tardes on December 18, at am Reply. Please share your thoughts and join the conversation! Cancel reply Enter your comment here Tragedy after tragedy separates them. The Depression hits Australians hard. I learnt a lot about this terrible era. Cushie finds a backbone and defies her greedy, miserable mother and Jacky loses his innocence to manipulative treacherous relatives and then suffers unbearable loss after coming to terms with his imposed circumstances.

Makes what we complain about look pathetic. Jun 05, Heather rated it it was amazing. This book would win all the awards going if it had been written this year. It stands the test of time well. This was one of the first books I read when I first came to Australia 30 years ago. And I still love it.

If you haven't read any Ruth Park, do yourself a favour! And if you haven't read any in a while,likewise. May 06, Anthony Dalton rated it it was amazing. Read this over 30 years ago when I was about 15, and it absolutely blew me away. I just logged on to see if anyone else enjoyed it like I did. Definitely time for a re-read I reckon. Jan 24, Louise McOrmond-Plummer rated it it was amazing.

Beautiful, harsh, heartbreaking, wonderful book. An all-time favourite of mine - thoroughly engrossing as we follow Jackie and Cushie through their lives. Nov 04, Lisa Shultz rated it really liked it. A quote on the front cover says it surpasses The Thorn Birds. I don't quite agree. It was interesting but I liked The Thorn Birds more.

It was a saga that I actually got weary of reading towards the end but at least it had a bit of a satisfying conclusion. I need that in a book! I had hoped to learn more about Australia, and I didn't learn much. It was more about the people than the country.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award Swords and crowns and rings tells the story of two young people born in an Australian country town before World War 1 13 pretty Cushie Moy born to a comfortable family with the stereotypical socially ambitious mother who has married down and the dwarf, Jackie Hanna whose background is well and truly working class. Not surprisingly, Cushie 19s parents frown on the friendship which develops between the two.

This is not an innovative story but, rather, goo Winner of the Miles Franklin Award Swords and crowns and rings tells the story of two young people born in an Australian country town before World War 1 13 pretty Cushie Moy born to a comfortable family with the stereotypical socially ambitious mother who has married down and the dwarf, Jackie Hanna whose background is well and truly working class.

This is not an innovative story but, rather, good historical fiction with evocative writing and sensitive character development. Consequently, as you would expect, the two are separated just as they realise their love for each other. Not long after discovering their love for one another, Cushie becomes pregnant and to avoid a scandal, is packed off to relatives in Sydney where she undergoes an abortion.

After this time, she seems to drift, dabbling with alcohol and struggling to find meaning with her life. The book then chronicles their respective lives 13 Cushie with various relations in Sydney and Jackie in a number of country locations before he too reaches Sydney. In fact, he is later seduced by his stepfather's sister's daughter and is forced into marrying her. It is only much later, that we learn that he was tricked and the stillborn baby was not in fact his.

Later after conceiving and giving birth to another child, his wife and baby are killed in a tragiv bushfire. Much of the book takes place during the early s Depression. Park gorgeously evokes the hardships 13 physical, economic and emotional 13 experienced by people like Jackie and his step-dad 1Cthe Nun 1D as they struggle to support themselves.

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All this is underpinned by Park 19s thorough knowledge of the social and political history of the time: we learn about labour organisations and the rise of socialism, of that irascible politician 1CBig Fella 1D Jack Lang, and of the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The resolution is predictable 13 it is, after all, a book of its genre 13 but it is not over-sentimentalised Cushie finds Jackie asleep and hungary in the parks of Sydney where she has been handing out food and is not achieved before the characters, Jackie in particular, have matured to the point that we can trust that he not only deserves what will come but that he will continue to work and mature for the betterment of himself and those he loves.

It is truly a powerful book about human nature, as well as about the place and time in which it is set. Jun 13, Andrew Vh rated it really liked it. If you love Harp in the South you will enjoy this. I love Ruth Park's concise yet emotive writing. She deals with themes of poverty and disadvantage in early 20th century Australia in a brutally honest way.

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In this book she provides a fascinating account of the Great Depression in Australia and the years leading up to it. Park, however, keeps the narrative focused on the emotional lives of real people, which means the deeply historical aspects of her writing never get boring or preachy. In man If you love Harp in the South you will enjoy this. In many respects, Park's exposition feels more accurate and interesting than formal textbook history. Ruth Park character's are born into difficult circumstances and she makes them suffer terribly, while celebrating their very ordinary lives.

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Despite these often dire circumstances, there is a peculiar joyousness and hope without drifting into over-sentimentality underpinning everything Park writes. It is this 'realism with heart' I admire the most about her writing. An excellent read with an important dollop of history to boot. Not quite a good as Harp of the South -one of the best Australian books - but not far behind.


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Jun 18, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: australia , miles-franklin-read , c20th. Swords and Crowns and Rings is the enchanting story of Jackie Hanna, a dwarf, and Cushie Moy, whose friendship as children matures into a love that survives hardship, misunderstanding and a social chasm that would separate lesser mortals. They spend their childhood in an unremarkable Australian country town before World War I, where Jackie grows up believing that he can do and be anything.

The Miles Franklin Award aims to celebrate a novel each year that 'is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. There is nothing experimental or challenging about the format or structure of the book. It is straight forward historical fiction with a coming of age element and some romance. But it is beautifully realised. Park's writing is evocative and authentic. She brings the hardships and the details of Depression The Miles Franklin Award aims to celebrate a novel each year that 'is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

She brings the hardships and the details of Depression era NSW to life so vividly that you can feel the hunger, the cold and the fear along with her characters. However, the bleakness of the times was compensated for by the warmth and grace of her central characters. Dec 21, Jan rated it it was amazing. The five stars I've given this book indicate how much I enjoyed the story. This certainly isn't a great book, but, in spite of its length, I enjoyed it all.

An unusual aspect of the story is the physical deformity of the protagonist, an achondroplastic dwarf. Although somewhat like a soap opera, the story does revivify depression-era New South Wales, bring to life the politics of the time, and introduce a f The five stars I've given this book indicate how much I enjoyed the story. Although somewhat like a soap opera, the story does revivify depression-era New South Wales, bring to life the politics of the time, and introduce a few nuanced characters. I may well want to hear this story again, because I found it excellent entertainment! I love this book, the story and characters are timeless and endearing.

I loved it when I read it for school over 20 years ago, last year when I finally got a copy and retread it, and this week reading it for book club. Written with warmth and affection, Swords and Crowns and Rings is a powerful story about human nature and the strength of an unlikely love. Ruth Park brilliantly captures the mood of Australia in the first part of the twentieth century. She was widely read and well-loved for her books, which were as equally successful for adults as for children.

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