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  1. says:

    In a small county town Geoff is outside doing repairs to the roof Margaret his wife was in the in the kitchen preparing dinner when she heard a loud ‘thump’ Geoff has fallen He’s in a very bad way with severe head injuries and they don’t know if he will survive Margaret calls her adult children Mandy Stephen and Cathy to tell them of the terrible news and the siblings all return homeMandy is a foreign correspondent and has been living in war zones parts of the world for many years while her husband Chris is at home Mandy is mentally affected by the horrendous images that she saw while on location and is having constant flashbacks When she arrives home she finds it difficult to adjust to normal life and distance herself from her family including Chris which puts a tremendous strain on their marriage Stephen hasn’t seen his family for many years and no one really knows why One day he just up and left without a word not having contact with the family except for Cathy as she’s the only one that kept in regular contact with them all Stephen takes a lot longer to decide to come home but when eventually he does everyone tip toes around him too afraid to say the wrong thing for fear that he will disappear again In hospital Tony Warren the wards man is watching them He knows Mandy from many years ago and she left a lasting impression on him Since then he has been keeping track of her every move waiting for her to come homeGrowing up they didn’t come across as being a loving and affectionate family but felt they were selfish and cold And as they grew to adulthood they drifted even further apart not able to communicate to one another Yet I think there were signs there that they wanted too but I felt didn’t know howI know we all react differently to crises but Margaret behaviour and thoughts after the accidents I couldn’t relate too Yes I’m sure she worried about Geoff but she went about her every day life very casually Going to the hospital seemed like a chore and concerned herself with the most trivial things worrying about what colour paint to choose I thought this was a rather peculiar behaviour especially when your spouse is lying on death bedAnd then there is Mandy who is tortured by her visions and is breaking down before their very eyes yet I don’t believe the family took her seriously And when she did speak up they thought her over reacting and were cruel No one sat down to talk to her about what happened and it was evident she’s silently screaming for help You could see Mandy struggling to stay in control but it slowly builds and builds and then when she finally comes undone it’s explosive At first I didn’t know what to think of Tony All I knew were his stalker tendencies made him sound creepy and I didn’t feel comfortable hearing of his thoughts on Mandy And I was curious and a little on edge as to where it was leading Woods blended his story in well with Mandy’s story and the unexpected turn of events was pretty shocking The writing was superb and I loved the soft and gentle tone Visually beautiful in places and horrifying in others I went though a whole range of emotions from anger to pity to sorrow for the family They’re not the perfect or ideal but I did see some hope for them towards the end It’s a story of family life and the bond between siblings But importantly it’s how these significant events in the past make us who we are today The characters came across as unlikeable at times so it’s not going to be for everyone’s taste but if you don’t mind these type of books then I’d say give it a go


  2. says:

    Hard to classify this book and just as hard to rate it But I think I’ll stick with 3 starsSome of it is beautifully written and made me sit and absorb the structure of sentences and descriptions like that of crepe myrtles ‘are in shocking pink flower all down the road When she was little she loved their gaudy pinks and crimsons but as she grew older she began to realise they were tawdry that these were the colours of bargain shops and chemist brand lipsticks and she became ashamed for them Now as she walks through the streets the crepe myrtles are the only bright shriek in all the dried up anonymity of the town’The description of Stephen and his father with the fishing rod off Culburra Beach is as vivid a description and visual image as you could ever wish for It is beautifully doneThe reader can see everything that happens and feels the sense of wonder The same novel used profanity and coarse language that for me echoed and aggravated like a tolling bell The story is also bleak in outlook brutal in places and not just those to do with Ira but conveys a sad look at the complex relationships within a family The description of Mandy is telling ’Mandy has always had a gift for disagreeableness’ In the end that was one of the things I found hardest about this book I didn’t like any of the characters and felt glad not to have belonged to such a disagreeable family


  3. says:

    Lovely painful book centring around adult children returning home in the event of their father's accident which has placed him into intensive care and likely to die The interactions between the 'children' and in laws their mother the memories of their father are well crafted Not a particularly uplifting book but true to life uote that seems to be referred to often but is very true 'You bring your children up to escape sorrows You spend your best years trying to stop them witnessing it on television in you in your neighbours' faces But then you realise slowly that there is no escape that they must steer their own way through life's cruelties' 'When everything is useless when there is nothing to be done all we can do is pay attention keep watch In his boys own innocent's fucked up vigil Tony knew this and it was all he had Her remorse will never leave her She leans forward stands up collecting the glass to go inside and help with the dishes Because it is enough And her purpose now she knows certainly than anything is to keep watch over these small things these ordinary decencies To pay attention to her mother's walk to Chris' voice Her sister's brother's eyes'


  4. says:

    Such a well written book of real people VERY graphic memories of being a war correspondent by the eldest daughter the falling into their younger sibling roles and old memories long buried all come to a life changing scene Fabulous author It was even better this second reading


  5. says:

    Here is a collection of the most depressed depressing individuals that it is possible to conjure in one small volume The inside flap would have you believe that you're taking a journey into the heart of a family as normal and as broken as any other What a load of ostrich feathers Everyone knows there's no such thing as a normal family and the reference to broken is simply to cash in at the counter for the Recognition of Dysfunctional Families incorporated Don't get me wrong Dysfunctional families siblings with unfathomable behaviour traits passive aggressive mothers violent fathers it's a reading currency I'm than happy to trade in But it's got to have a point right? There has to be some greater lesson some rhyme some reason hell even just a uestion that alludes to a possibility of an answer otherwise what's it all for? When everything remains so murky for example why does Stephen hate his sister surely not JUST because she's better at making kites? And why is Mandy so incapable of loving her husband? Or to my immediate concern what kind of a man has zero libido when his wife returns after 4 months abroad?? Sure Mandy is damaged by war this part is done very well but what's it all got to do with the crazy orderly guy and the bushfire when she was 16? I'm being deliberately facetious; for the most part I did understand the threads and undertones of The Children and the links aren't as tenuous as I'm making out But the problem superbly written though it may be is that it just doesn't ring true either as a whole OR as individual parts The attempt to leave some things unwritten to let the gaps speak for themselves resulted in a great big thumping echo ringing back at me Other authors have attempted the same thing and gotten away with it even managed to have the characters laugh at themselves once in awhile too now there's a novel idea Sarah Winman Penelope Lively Andrea Levy are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head Not so for The Children Without a hope of an answer for all this emptiness much less a kernel of wry humour to ease the bitter pill I may as well just point my head to the window and think about my own er issues Which is just about as productive if somewhat less enjoyable Oh and that's without even giving you the spoiler which involves a gun and aforementioned crazy orderly guy


  6. says:

    A dysfunctional woman returns from a dysfunctional war zone to her dysfunctional marriage in a seemingly functional Australia It is the summer of the Cronulla riots with a cold hearted prime minister politically and not too subtly fanning racial intolerance A father's tragic accident is the reason for a family coming together to bicker to go over old hostilities and to try and see each other in a less corrosive light Another dysfunctional life then imposes itself on the family allowing Woods to build an underlying tension as the family slowly comes to terms with the partriarch's condition The tensions explode in what this reader felt to be overwrought fashion at novel's end the only jarring note in this masterfully engrossing work The novel is a seamlessly written homage to fractured families and Australian life away from the epicentres of the big cities Her descriptive prose conveying the fragility if interweaving lives has something of 'The Slap'about it in its tone The title is significant in the unhappiness and frustration that pervades the novel The appalling vignettes from Ira and elsewhere as relayed via Mandy a war correspondent shock and haunt The links between these and contemporary Oz are both subtle and sledge hammer clear And to think that with Kevin '07 we had thought we'd moved on Both this novel and her previous 'The Submerged Cathedral' point to a writer worth following


  7. says:

    Last night at my women's group we talked about the impact of being in a tribe in my case a large and close family We talked about the sense of security it gives you There is a layer of confidence that you have in going out to meet the world beacuse your tribe is strong you are loved there are people that will care for you and opportunities for intimacy It provides a kind of resilient backbone The Children is about siblings in a family It might not be very interesting if it was about a tribe as secure as mine is This tribe is a little dysfunctional brought together after an accident and forced to spend unaccustomed time togther As well as the depiction of these relationships the novel presents a very fine and accurate picture of life in a NSW country town It thrusts life in this small town up against the experiences of one of the main characters Mandy who has become a foreign correspondent and lived through some extremely traumatic events Small towns can produce their own forms of trauma hoever and these play out subtly in the novel There is one faintly jarring plot line that runs through the novel unnecessarily but the rest of it was just fine and a pleasure to read


  8. says:

    I enjoyed this book very much It is a different type of book for me but it is our current bookclub book and a uick easy readIt tells the story of 3 adult children who return home to Rundle near Sydney Australia when their father is terribly injured falling from the roof of his houseMandy is a war correspondent based in Ira and has seen awful things happenStephen has been estranged from his family for years and Cathy has been trying to keep the family together Chris is Mandy's husband and doesn't know what to make of MandyThe story of their lives as they sit by their father's bed the trauma the tragedy of the past and the present all come together Then there is Tony who has a past with Mandy though she doesn't remember it Tony seems to be stalking Mandyshe doesn't trust him thinks he's creepy and weirdwhat is he up to?


  9. says:

    I started reading this and although it is beautifully written I was worried it was going to be a new Australian novelall landscape and imagery and symbols and no plot as the protagonist Mandy says However the story builds and the novel becomes uite compelling as the reader follows the family members as they cope with the dying of their father It is beautifully observed and thoughtful One character comments on Mandy's open nature saying her unchecked opinions were rare at university whereeveryone made a furtive calibration towards irony before they spoke; And then finally When everything is useless when there is nothing to be done all we can do is pay attention keep watch


  10. says:

    This beautifully paced story had me from the first chapter the tension builds adeptly til the final climax Highly recommend


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The Children

Summary The Children

Tching too a young wardsman Tony who's been waiting for Mandy to come home As he insinuates himself into the family the pressure and the threat intensify and build to a climax of devastating force This acutely observed novel exposes the tenacious grip of childhood the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do and explores the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others whether far away or uncomfortably close to ho Last night at my women's group we talked about the impact of being in a tribe in my case a large and close family We talked about the sense of security it gives you There is a layer of confidence that you have in going out to meet the world beacuse your tribe is strong you are loved there are people that will care for you and opportunities for intimacy It provides a kind of resilient backbone The Children is about siblings in a family It might not be very interesting if it was about a tribe as secure as mine is This tribe is a little dysfunctional brought together after an accident and forced to spend unaccustomed time togther As well as the depiction of these relationships the novel presents a very fine and accurate picture of life in a NSW country town It thrusts life in this small town up against the experiences of one of the main characters Mandy who has become a foreign correspondent and lived through some extremely traumatic events Small towns can produce their own forms of trauma hoever and these play out subtly in the novel There is one faintly jarring plot line that runs through the novel unnecessarily but the rest of it was just fine and a pleasure to read A Color Sampler young wardsman Tony who's been waiting for Mandy to come home As he insinuates himself into the family the pressure and the threat intensify and build to a climax of devastating force This acutely observed novel exposes the tenacious grip of childhood the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do and explores the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others whether far away or uncomfortably close to ho Last night at my women's group we talked about the impact of being in a tribe in my case a large and close family We talked about the sense of security it gives The Stars Are Made of Tears you There is a layer of confidence that Mirrored you have in going out to meet the world beacuse Yuppies Invade My House at Dinnertime your tribe is strong Her Secret Santa you are loved there are people that will care for Those Annoying Post Bros. you and opportunities for intimacy It provides a kind of resilient backbone The Children is about siblings in a family It might not be very interesting if it was about a tribe as secure as mine is This tribe is a little dysfunctional brought together after an accident and forced to spend unaccustomed time togther As well as the depiction of these relationships the novel presents a very fine and accurate picture of life in a NSW country town It thrusts life in this small town up against the experiences of one of the main characters Mandy who has become a foreign correspondent and lived through some extremely traumatic events Small towns can produce their own forms of trauma hoever and these play out subtly in the novel There is one faintly jarring plot line that runs through the novel unnecessarily but the rest of it was just fine and a pleasure to read

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When their father is critically injured foreign correspondent Mandy and her siblings return home bringing with them the remnants and patterns of childhood Mandy has lived away from the country for many years Her head is filled with images of terror and war and her homecoming to the uiet country town not to mention her family and marriage only heightens her disconnection from ordinary life Cathy her younger sister has stayed in reg Hard to classify this book and just as hard to rate it But I think I’ll stick with 3 starsSome of it is beautifully written and made me sit and absorb the structure of sentences and descriptions like that of crepe myrtles ‘are in shocking pink flower all down the road When she was little she loved their gaudy pinks and crimsons but as she grew older she began to realise they were tawdry that these were the colours of bargain shops and chemist brand lipsticks and she became ashamed for them Now as she walks through the streets the crepe myrtles are the only bright shriek in all the dried up anonymity of the town’The description of Stephen and his father with the fishing rod off Culburra Beach is as vivid a description and visual image as you could ever wish for It is beautifully doneThe reader can see everything that happens and feels the sense of wonder The same novel used profanity and coarse language that for me echoed and aggravated like a tolling bell The story is also bleak in outlook brutal in places and not just those to do with Ira but conveys a sad look at the complex relationships within a family The description of Mandy is telling ’Mandy has always had a gift for disagreeableness’ In the end that was one of the things I found hardest about this book I didn’t like any of the characters and felt glad not to have belonged to such a disagreeable family Midnight Tango years Her head is filled with images of terror and war and her homecoming to the uiet country town not to mention her family and marriage only heightens her disconnection from ordinary life Cathy her Jaxon (Kings of Denver younger sister has stayed in reg Hard to classify this book and just as hard to rate it But I think I’ll stick with 3 starsSome of it is beautifully written and made me sit and absorb the structure of sentences and descriptions like that of crepe myrtles ‘are in shocking pink flower all down the road When she was little she loved their gaudy pinks and crimsons but as she grew older she began to realise they were tawdry that these were the colours of bargain shops and chemist brand lipsticks and she became ashamed for them Now as she walks through the streets the crepe myrtles are the only bright shriek in all the dried up anonymity of the town’The description of Stephen and his father with the fishing rod off Culburra Beach is as vivid a description and visual image as Drink to Yesterday (Tommy Hambledon, you could ever wish for It is beautifully doneThe reader can see everything that happens and feels the sense of wonder The same novel used profanity and coarse language that for me echoed and aggravated like a tolling bell The story is also bleak in outlook brutal in places and not just those to do with Ira but conveys a sad look at the complex relationships within a family The description of Mandy is telling ’Mandy has always had a gift for disagreeableness’ In the end that was one of the things I found hardest about this book I didn’t like any of the characters and felt glad not to have belonged to such a disagreeable family

Charlotte Wood ´ 5 Read

Ular contact with her parents trying also to keep tabs on her brother Stephen who for reasons nobody understands has held himself apart from the family for years In the intensive care unit the children sit trapped between their bewildered mother and one another; between old wounds and forgiveness struggling to connect with their emotions their past and each other But as they wait and watch over their father there's someone else wa Here is a collection of the most depressed depressing individuals that it is possible to conjure in one small volume The inside flap would have you believe that you're taking a journey into the heart of a family as normal and as broken as any other What a load of ostrich feathers Everyone knows there's no such thing as a normal family and the reference to broken is simply to cash in at the counter for the Recognition of Dysfunctional Families incorporated Don't get me wrong Dysfunctional families siblings with unfathomable behaviour traits passive aggressive mothers violent fathers it's a reading currency I'm than happy to trade in But it's got to have a point right There has to be some greater lesson some rhyme some reason hell even just a uestion that alludes to a possibility of an answer otherwise what's it all for When everything remains so murky for example why does Stephen hate his sister surely not JUST because she's better at making kites And why is Mandy so incapable of loving her husband Or to my immediate concern what kind of a man has zero libido when his wife returns after 4 months abroad Sure Mandy is damaged by war this part is done very well but what's it all got to do with the crazy orderly guy and the bushfire when she was 16 I'm being deliberately facetious; for the most part I did understand the threads and undertones of The Children and the links aren't as tenuous as I'm making out But the problem superbly written though it may be is that it just doesn't ring true either as a whole OR as individual parts The attempt to leave some things unwritten to let the gaps speak for themselves resulted in a great big thumping echo ringing back at me Other authors have attempted the same thing and gotten away with it even managed to have the characters laugh at themselves once in awhile too now there's a novel idea Sarah Winman Penelope Lively Andrea Levy are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head Not so for The Children Without a hope of an answer for all this emptiness much less a kernel of wry humour to ease the bitter pill I may as well just point my head to the window and think about my own er issues Which is just about as productive if somewhat less enjoyable Oh and that's without even giving you the spoiler which involves a gun and aforementioned crazy orderly guy