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The Little Company

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  3 reviews
It is 1941 and the storm clouds of war gather over Australia. In the mountains outside Sydney the Massey family are reunited by their father's death. Gilbert is a successful novelist, struggling with a writer's block in middle age. A socialist and intellectual, he shares his political understanding - and fears - with his sister Mary and Marxist brother Nick. But he is lock ...more
Published (first published November 4th 1945)
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This is a sort of odd book. It's another Virago Modern Classic, set in Australia in 1941, and published in 1945. Because of that (or, I don't know, because that is what the author cared about, I guess) it is a novel of ideas, dragged down by its ideas. The main character is an author named Gilbert Massey. He's a World War One vet, author and father of three who, at the time the story starts feels weighted down by the stress of the world - he's disgusted by how it's falling apart, how complacent ...more
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After 100 pages I still hadn't got the characters straight and worked out exactly how they were related to each other. Book was due back at the library so I returned it unfinished.
I really enjoyed the evocation of 1930s Sydney.
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Eleanor Dark (1901-1985), author, was born on 26 August 1901 at Croydon, Sydney, second of three children of Sydney-born parents Dowell O’Reilly, schoolteacher and author, and his wife Eleanor Grace, née McCulloch, who died in 1914 after an unhappy marriage and a period of ill health. Small, dark and elfin, 'Pixie', as she was known to her family, attended several private schools before boarding a ...more
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