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Sorry
by Gail Jones | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Fleebo of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 6/1/2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Fleebo): travelling


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 01, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2008, and bought for DrCris's Miles Franklin Challenge.

"In the remote outback of North-west Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita. Her childhood is far from ordinary; a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl’s limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keene is discovered murdered."

Normally I wouldn't have chosen to buy a book with a title like "Sorry"... a word with a hell of a stigma in Australia, evoking as it does the whole thorny issue of reconciliation between white and native Australians. I am totally for reconciliation, but I am tired of being made to feel guilty about the topic without useful suggestions for how to achieve it.
However, this book is by Gail Jones, author of "Sixty Lights". So I will give it a go. 


Journal Entry 2 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 01, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Bookring order:

tqd
jubby
livrecache
freelunch
DrCris
FreePages
freelunch (yep, again)
Fleebo 


Journal Entry 3 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Handed to tqd. 


Journal Entry 4 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Thanks Fleebo! As soon as I get over my trashy crime/space opera phase, I'll get right into this. 


Journal Entry 5 by tqd from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, August 02, 2008

8 out of 10

Like Fleebo, I was a bit wary of this book, due to the title: it definitely suggested a fairly heavy-going polemical rant. However, this was a wonderful book. It is about atonement and apologies, and it is about blackfella and whitefella relationships, but it's on a very human and intimate level, dealing with Perdita and Mary's relationship.

Perdita is the unexpected child from two english people who are (for all the wrong reasons) living outside of Broome in the lead-up to world war 2. And Mary is the convent-educated native girl who looks after her. They consider themselves sisters, and this book is about their friendship. While Mary is part of the stolen generation, this is a mere small part of the book, just something to reflect upon, not the whole reason for the book to exist.

And this is also the story of Perdita and her mother, the not-really-there Stella. And the story of the murder of Perdita's father, Nicholas. (Hey, I'm not giving anything away there, it starts the book!)

The murder is the weak part of this book for me, because it's all supposed to be suspicious about who killed Nicholas, but I got it from the start. The red herrings were just never obvious, I don't think I noticed one of them, so when we find out who was the murderer, I was surprised that all the characters had it wrong. Oh well. Maybe I've just read too many books with murders at the beginning, and the rest of the book spent finding out whodunnit. I'm getting to be an expert!

But it was beautifully written, on a number of occasions (the ultimate ending in particular) had me staring out of bus windows, insisting that I wasn't crying, no, I just had something in my eye, that's all. It's a great slice of Australian history I knew nothing about (others might; maybe I just daydreamed through all my history lessons back in school), and I am recommending it far and wide to everyone and anyone who will listen.

Although one word of warning: I was reading at the same time The Book Thief which also concerns a young girl during world war 2. Every now and then I got totally confused by muddling up the families. :)

Jubby reckons she's still up for this one, so I'll contact her on Sunday, and if she's still sure she wants a book with a baby due any day now, I'll pop it in the post to her on Monday.

Thanks for the great read, Fleebo! 


Journal Entry 6 by tqd at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, August 04, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (8/4/2008 UTC) at Sydney, New South Wales Australia

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Popped in the post today to Jubby (I confirmed that, yes, she was still interested in the book first!). Happy travelling, little book, and happy reading, jubby! 


Journal Entry 7 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, August 06, 2008

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Yay!

I received this in the post today. Thank you TQD and Fleebo. I still have 'Landscape of farewell' as well to post onto Livrecache.

I aim to read this (quickishly) and post both off together. 


Journal Entry 8 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, August 31, 2008

This book has not been rated.

I've nearly finished!

Thank you for being patient with me... will journal and post on to Livrecache in the very near future.
 


Journal Entry 9 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Monday, September 08, 2008

This book has not been rated.

Thanks, jubby, and all who've journalled before you. (I'm guessing that motherhood has, for the moment at least, put an end to your glorious raves about what you've read.)

I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I've heard such good things about it -- aside from tqd's entry. I do have a swag of bookrings before it, but I shall get to it as quickly as I can. 


Journal Entry 10 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, December 07, 2008

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Heavens, I'm sorry everyone to have held this book up as long as I have. I found it only yesterday, 2 months after we'd moved house, in a bag that I'd overlooked unpacking.

I started to read it over the weekend, but it didn't immediately grab me. I feel too guilty to persevere, so I'll send it on to freelunch, as I have another book to send him anyway.

 


Journal Entry 11 by livrecache at Port Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, December 07, 2008

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Released 8 yrs ago (12/6/2008 UTC) at Port Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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Part of the Miles Franklin award bookring, finally moving on. 


Journal Entry 12 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This book has not been rated.

received today, thanks livrecache

I'll try to squeeze this one in before Christmas, but if I don't manage it should be on its way before the end of January...

other books in this challenge include:
Love Without Hope - Landscape of Farewell - The Memory Room - The Time We Have Taken - The Fern Tattoo 


Journal Entry 13 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Sunday, December 21, 2008

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well I've been dodging and avoiding reading this book for four days now - I've read about one-third of it and it just isn't me.

time to move on to something else.

I'll send it on to DrCris soon... 


Journal Entry 14 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, February 03, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived out of the blue with a package from Freelunch. i am very behind on bookrings at the moment. It goes to the bottom of the pile. If it languishes there for too long, I will send it on. 


Journal Entry 15 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, March 03, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Livrecache requested this off my TBR, as she didn't get a good read of it the first time around. I sent it to her about a week ago, and forgot to journal it. Apologies for running out of order, but I have two books ahead of this on Mount TBR, so I thought it might be a thrifty use of reading time. 


Journal Entry 16 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Friday, March 27, 2009

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Thanks to jubby, I found that the people who are living in our old house had been stock piling books addressed to me as they didn't have any return addresses for them. I have now learned that a mail re-direct does not include parcels. Thanks, Australia Post!

But what a huge relief. I'll read this weekend, despite the noise of the Grand Prix, and return it to Dr Cris. Sorry for the delay, everyone.

(And jubby, the person you spoke to today has sent the books that arrived today at her house back to you.) 


Journal Entry 17 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, April 04, 2009

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I was totally engrossed by this story. I'm not sure why it didn't grab me when I had it before.

The comments TQD made apply equally for me, but as she's so eloquently expressed her thoughts, I'll just add "Same". 


Journal Entry 18 by livrecache at Melbourne, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 04, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (4/5/2009 UTC) at Melbourne, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases

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Returning to DrCris to take up its bookring place again. 


Journal Entry 19 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Monday, April 06, 2009

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Arrived back with me after an exciting adventure. I will read this one, after livrecache and tqd's stirring recommendations. And the fact that I have loved every Miles Franklin so far. 


Journal Entry 20 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Sunday, June 14, 2009

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I have been "working" on this book for a long time now. It travels with me everywhere, but it seems I rarely pull it out to read - preferring almost anything else, magazines, books, feeds, whatever. It is a pity because in my conscious brain I am enjoying this, but obviously not involved with it.

I will pass this one on now. I hope FreePages gets swept up in it. 


Journal Entry 21 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, June 19, 2009

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Popped in the post today. 


Journal Entry 22 by FreePages from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, June 19, 2009

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Amazing, this arrived overnight!

Must be some sort of postal record.

Thanks Dr Chris. I've got one and a half books ahead of it and then I'll dive into this. 


Journal Entry 23 by FreePages from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 out of 10


Wow, I loved this one! I couldn't put it down, read it overnight.
Magical, especially for anyone who has found solace through reading.
At times, I felt a bit like I was reading I know why the caged bird sings. There are obvious difference tho'. This is a novel, but it is a comming of age story, where reading helps endure adversity and reading out loud helps a child to find their voice.
Then there is so much more....

A fabulous novel. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

On to Freelunch soon.
 


Journal Entry 24 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, June 25, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Released 8 yrs ago (6/25/2009 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Placed in the mail box today.

If you enjoy it half as much as I did Freelunch your in for a good read :-)

Thanks for the bookring Fleebo! 


Journal Entry 25 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Monday, June 29, 2009

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...and its back with me again. thanks FreePages, this time I will read it :) 


Journal Entry 26 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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I've decided to send this one off (again!) unread. my reading has tapered off in the past six months and in order to kick-start it I'm avoiding anything that might expand my horizons as a reader, its strictly comfort-zone material for me for the forseeable future..

I'll post it home as soon as I have an address from Fleebo 


Journal Entry 27 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Sunday, March 14, 2010

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shipped home today.. 


Journal Entry 28 by Fleebo from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, March 18, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Received safely in the mail from freelunch, along with another book and an Allen & Unwin sampler. Thank you so much.
Thanks everyone for participating in the bookring, and I suppose I had better read it myself now! 


Journal Entry 29 by Fleebo at Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

8 out of 10

A very good book, well worth the effort. 


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