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Fiction
Author: Kate Hood,Ruth Park
ISBN: 1742851711
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Publisher Bolinda Audio (August 1, 2011)
Language English
Category: Fiction
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by Kate Hood,Ruth Park


Ruth Park was a New Zealand-born Australian author.

Ruth Park was a New Zealand-born Australian author. Her best known works are the novels The Harp in the South (1948) and Playing Beatie Bow (1980), and the children's radio serial The Muddle-Headed Wombat (1951–1970), which also spawned a book series. The Harp in the South portrays the life of a Catholic working class Irish Australian family living in the Sydney Slum suburb of Surry Hills in the first half of the 1900s. The Darcy family consists of Hughie, an unsuccessful man often drunk, his wife Margaret (Mumma), the strength of the family and their two daughters Roie and Dolour.

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Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days of their courtship in the dusty outback, filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry. Ruth Park’s Australian classics take you from the barren landscapes of the outback to the colourful slums of Sydney with convincing depth, careful detail and great heart. Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this immensely popular book.

The Harp in the South is the debut novel by Australian author Ruth Park. Published in 1948, it portrays the life of a Catholic Irish Australian family living in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, which was at that time an inner city slum

The Harp in the South is the debut novel by Australian author Ruth Park. Published in 1948, it portrays the life of a Catholic Irish Australian family living in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, which was at that time an inner city slum. The Harp in the South was published, initially, in the Sydney Morning Herald in twelve daily instalments, beginning on 4 January 1947, after winning a competition run by that newspaper. The prize was £2,000, and there were 175 entires.

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Ruth Park, Kate Hood. An Australian classic, this is the story of the Darcy family who live in the Depression era tenements of Surry Hills, Sydney. Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down.

Ruth Park, Kate Hood. Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy. Filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry, this Australian classic will take you straight back to the colourful slums of Sydney with convincing depth, careful detail and great heart.

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Ruth Park (1917- 2010) was actually a New Zealander by birth and was no stranger to poverty, having grown up through the Depression there. She was a prolific writer, wrote several novels including many books for children and produced literally thousands of radio scripts

Ruth Park (1917- 2010) was actually a New Zealander by birth and was no stranger to poverty, having grown up through the Depression there. She was a prolific writer, wrote several novels including many books for children and produced literally thousands of radio scripts. She died at the fine age of ninety-three.

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Written by Ruth Park, Audiobook narrated by Kate Hood. Continuing the history of the Irish Darcys begun in Missus and continued in The Harp in the South, this third novel of the trilogy re-acquaints listeners with the vicissitudes of slum life in a Sydney suburb. An unforgettable family and a cast of unforgettable characters enliven a story that is sometimes tragic, but often humourous, in a time of poverty and destitution, hope and promise.

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The Harp in the South portrays the life of a Catholic working class Irish Australian family living in the Sydney Slum suburb of Surry Hills in the first half of the 1900s. The Darcy family consists of Hughie, an unsuccessful man often drunk, his wife Margaret (Mumma), the strength of the family and their two daughters Roie and Dolour. Margaret's mother (Grandma), a bit of a wild character, comes to live with the Darcys. Also portrayed are the lives of the tenants, Orangeman Patrick Diamond and Miss Sheily, mother of an intellectually handicapped child. Their neighbour Chinese fruitier Lick Johnny also features in many chapters.

Ruth Park has been described as an Australian Charles Dickens. Many of the characters living in poverty in Sydney come to life in a way Dickens described his characters in poverty in London. The characters are credible and often universal. The inept antics of two young people (Roie and Joseph Mendel) in their first relationship are something that many of us would have memories of.

The author graphically brings Surry Hills, nearby Paddy's market and the beach suburb of Narrabeen back to life. They are very different places now. Against this background we can understand much of how the characters feel about their lives. Each character is allowed to present his or her inner thoughts and in this way the reader understands them all better. The characters like Roie and Mumma grow and develop. Many others show a caring side that we all have. The depictions of inner conflicts in the characters make them realistic. The story is warm-hearted and I left the book with the strong feeling that human relations can make life worthwhile even living in a slum.

The book was launched in Sydney when it won a literary award in Sydney Morning Herald in 1949 with some controversy. Some letter writers to the newspaper argued that the slums depicted were a fantasy and there were no slums in Sydney. Ruth Park said that the book was based on her own experiences when she moved to Surry Hills from Auckland in 1942.

The book raises a number of social issues.
* The disparity between the rich (in Rose Bay and other suburbs) and poor (Surrey Hills) in Sydney. Something that is sometimes denied.
* The role of women in a man's world.
* The influential role of the church.
Tolrajas
What could have been viewed as a tragic & depressing story was not, although the Darcy family live in abject poverty & dysfunction, they have a wealth of family love. The characters, sinners & saintlike, warm the heart as they endure the many disappointments visited upon them. A truly wonderful story that does not sugar coat or romanticise, yet leaves a lasting impression of the slum area & it's inhabitants of Surry Hills.
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Kearanny
The author's obit appeared in The Gray Lady recently. On a whim I ordered this book used for 1 cent. It was published in 1947. It is a fond reminiscence of the Irish experience in Australia. The shanty Irish provided the brute labor for the Aussie Industrial Revolution. They were poor as dirt and lived in decrepit tenenments where bed bugs sucked there blood as a nightly ritual. The flaws of this family are fondly recounted. This family is afflicted by alchoholism, poverty, and disappointment. There is a tragic loss of a young child. The daughter is are so naive she gets knocked-up and needs to visit a back alley abortionist. There is mostly grinding poverty occassionally offset by glimmers of joy or moments of happiness. This book is surprisingly readable. It is like a soap opera which opens a window on the early 20th century Irish immigrant experience in Australia. The author shows pride of craft and executes at a high level. Recommended.
Phain
The book is in two parts and seems to me as if there is a chunk missing from the middle.
This is an interesting expose of life in poorer areas of Sydney last century. The characters are real and the scenes vividly described.
It possibly drags on a bit long but worth the read.
Super P
Wellwritten and exciting familiy epic story from Australia, 2 generations workingclass irish.
Alsanadar
What a delicious story of Australia and its' people. This is a story of the harsh outback and the harsh way of life. Could not put this novel down, love reading historical stories of our past and have only admiration for our ancestors. They worked hard and played hard and times were very tough indeed. Great read
Beazekelv
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the wonderfully descriptive writing. I was swept along with the story and was quite disappointed when it came to a close. It left me wanting more!
My introduction to this wonderful novel was prompted by its high rating in a recent poll of best all- time Australian books. Ruth Park provides a captivating tale of life for a battling family in suburban Sydney. The characters are portrayed in a rich and convincing manner and the reader is soon drawn into their trials, relationships and recurring hardships. Underpinning their apparent misfortune we sense their fundamental resilience and drive to care for their loved ones.
Thoroughly recommended.