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My Career Goes Bung

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  89 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Sybylla Melvyn is well known to the tens of thousands who have read her first "autobiography", My Brilliant Career. In this, the sequel, however, the real Sybylla emerges--a little older now and facing the sudden change from bush obscurity to overnight fame. The publication of her novel has been a success, fashionable Sydney society lionises her and innumerable suitors pay ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 15th 1983 by Angus & Robertson (first published September 1st 1946)
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Jan 28, 2013 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Career Goes Bung is the sequel to Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, written in 1902 it wasn’t published until 1946. It is Franklin’s response to the fame and notoriety she received following the publication of her autobiographical novel My Brilliant Career in 1901. In her Foreword to this edition Verna Coleman explains why this second book was not published when it was first written. Miles Franklin had caused quite a stir when My Brilliant Career first appeared, Franklin was an outspoken ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Thoraiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Dec 30, 2015 Ash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the blurbs of this book are wrong. Which gives me great satisfaction to say, but it means we need some clarification. Some of the other reviews here (only ten!) tackle it, but I think there's an underexplored thesis here: My Career Goes Bung is postmodern.

Yes, published in 1946, but written much earlier, My Career Goes Bung is not, as advertised, a sequel to My Brilliant Career. I went into this, lured by the blurb on my edition, expecting to be entertained by the continued adventures of Syb
Jun 13, 2016 Tien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read My Brilliant Career a while ago and was happy to leave Sybylla Melvyn where she was (though I was informed the movie ending differs! I’ve still yet to watch it). There has not been many encouraging reviews for My Career Goes Bung either so I did not actually put the book on my tbr list. However, I’ve recently read Miles Franklin biography, Stella Miles Fraklin: A Biography and my curiosity was piqued. Both books were meant to be fiction but were apparently close enough to her own life tha ...more
Aug 27, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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Sep 06, 2012 Marcus Clark rated it liked it
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
Buffy Greentree
Jan 02, 2014 Buffy Greentree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't terrible. But it's a sequel I wish I hadn't been tempted by – Sybylla's voice was so perfectly captured in 'My Brilliant Career' that I was content to be left wondering.
Jan 11, 2014 Alyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 02, 2016 Sarah-Jane rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this follow up to My Brilliant Career (which I loved too). I am so impressed with the pluck that the young Miles Franklin showed in writing these books. Her "unwomanly" behaviours and attitudes are wonderful. It's no surprise to me that she caused such a stir. Great work!
Feb 28, 2011 Kel rated it liked it
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.

Mar 04, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
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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