Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Book - 2016
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there's a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring. Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice. Everywhere I Look includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia :, The Text Publishing Company,, 2016
ISBN: 9781925355369
Branch Call Number: 823.914 GAR NVD
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.

Feb 14, 2017

Sometimes I struggle with Helen Garner's writing. I love her use of language - that she is careful, thoughtful and grammatical. I enjoy the way she appears to be making a casual observation, but then you realise how carefully it is structured and how much insight it contains.

For those of us of a certain age, we always thank her for writing that first book set in our own city and our own time, and about how it was to be a certain sort of young person living a life that explored boundaries. I lost her some time after this. I found her again when she wrote those books exploring darker things and taking a view point that was different. How sat through some of the harrowing trials I do not know. I really appreciated what she bought to the reader in these works.

This book? Yes, some writing I really appreciated., but somehow as a collection of bits and pieces of writing, it did not satisfy me.

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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