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My Career Goes Bung

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 14th 1981 by Virago Press (first published September 1st 1946)
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Most of the fascination of this book derives from the fact that Miles Franklin has taken the response to My Brilliant Career, the prurience, the disapproval, the simple conflation of author and character, and hit it for six. Franklin is fearless, funny and unsparing in describing the strange responses of her countrymen to her little "spoof autobiography". In My Career Goes Bung, rather than slink away quietly, chastened and vowing to repent, Franklin comes out swinging. How fortunate that she di ...more
The sequel to the semi-autobiographical My Brilliant Career. It is both an apologia for such success coming so quickly that in real life Franklin was afraid she’d never reach the success of My Brilliant Career, and a strident essay on feminism. Sybilla is at once a brilliantly clever girl who is out of place in Possum Flat and an innocent bush girl equally out of place in Sydney’s high social set -- yet is adored by them. The characters are stock, especially the socialites, who have names like L ...more
I adore this book. Published in 1946, but written in 1902, right after 19-year-old Miles Franklin became a huge hit with 'My Brilliant Career'. Some representative quotes from our plucky protagonist, the (semi-autobiographical) young writer, Sybylla:

On spoiling the earth:

p66 - "His Reverence said that I was suffering from the divine discontent of genius, that it was a different matter with common people. If their noses weren't kept to the grindstone - Ha! Ha! Ha! - rearing families and working,
Buffy Greentree
I started this almost straight away after finishing 'My Brilliant Career' in the hope that it followed on and resolved my issues with the first book.
It took me a while to work out what was happening, why she kept getting details wrong from the first book etc. But once I worked it out, I settled down to greatly enjoy it.
However, again like my problems with 'My Brilliant Career', some things just made no sense. She has insight here, but is completely foolish and naive over here. Further, books w
Marcus Clark
Expands on the story of My Brilliant Career. It was better than I expected, although dated. Written more than 100 years ago, Miles Franklin was ahead of her time with regards to the women's equality and the paternalism of the Church. She is quite critical of many aspects of life, particularly society people. But times have changed since then, and partly due to her books.
It shows a harder life for people who lived in country areas, particularly for women.
The style of writing is also somewhat
I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book. It wasn't so much a novel but felt like an attempt at "setting the record straight". What was odd though was the author narrating the tale was the made up character from the original novel, not the actual author. So it was still fiction, but all about how the original book was made up and not true to life. As such the characterisation was all very different. As it was more "real" Stella came across as much quieter, and complacent. There wer ...more
I'm not sure I was expecting when I started this book, but it certainly wasn't what I got.

If you are thinking that this is a 'sequel' to My Brilliant Career than you are mistaken. It is instead an 'autobiography' of the fictional Sybylla Melvyn.

Syblla is just one cool chick. She tells it how it is, and it's refreshing that there is no real love plot.
I want to learn more about Miles Franklin and how much of her own life reflects the events in her novels.
Really interesting to learn the background of Sybylla's autobiography and of people who believed they were the characters.
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Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin was born in 1879 in rural Australia. My Brilliant Career, her first novel, was published to much excitement and acclaim. She moved to Sydney where she became involved in feminist and literary circles and then onto the USA in 1907.

She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting write
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