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The Idea of Home (Boyer Lectures, 2011#)

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A compelling Boyer Lecture from Australian literary sensation Geraldine Brooks. For theBoyer Lecture 2011, best-selling author and journalist Geraldine Brooks tackles the topic of the Idea of Home. Drawing on her personal experience from being an adolescent pen pal to being a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous countries to being a writer of several ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published 2011 by Harper Collins
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Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Idea of Home is a set of four essays given by Geraldine Brooks in 2011 for the annual Boyer Lectures. The first essay, “Our Only Home”, concerns our planet home and touches on the environmental responsibility we all have and our chance as Australians to set a standard for the world. The second essay, “A Home On Bland Street”, concerns our country and our hometown and touches on the costs and benefits of education. The third essay, “At Home In The World”, concerns our individual place in the ...more
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Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from the library last year and enjoyed it so much I have again borrowed it. I found it to have a depth of understanding that is worth revisiting. Brooks eloquently ties her personal experiences of home to the wider notion of what home represents within a society and the how it shapes the world we experience. What resonates most profoundly is home is earth for all of us, it is the base from which the idea of home is built on. And the footprints we leave on it today will shape ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge Geraldine Brooks fan, especially her novels Caleb's Crossing and her Pulitzer Prizewinner March. I read March back in 2006 or 2007 when the news was full of stories about the US led coalition advancing into Iraq. The anti war sentiment contained in that book was as apt for those times, as Mr March's experiences in the American Civil War - - so I was interested to discover this Boyer lecture. Here Brooks considers ranging definitions of home, her politics coming through loud and clear, ...more
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So well articulated & insightful!!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brooks, no slouch as a war correspondent or novelist, proves every bit as good in essay form.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read. Would provide great discussions topics for Year 12s or adult book clubs.
Victoria Garcia
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent - reflections on the complexities of 'home' both in Australia and on a global scale
I have MP3 versions of each of the Boyer Lectures that Geraldine Brooks delivered in 2011 - I listen to them regularly. Each lecture focuses on a different interpretation of "home" and Geraldine has cleverly used disparate definitions of the word to bring together ideas about environmental sustainability, Australia's role on the world stage, international conflict, her life as a war correspondent and as a writer of historical fiction - inspiring!
Jenny Esots
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So many threads that begin and end within the rich vein of the topic of Home.
Childhood memories and aspirations.
Cultural understandings.
The binding of nations under the wonderful image of a white flag of doves.
What I do love about Geraldine Brooks writing is the imagery.
The gift of giving the reader pictures to respond to.
Worth reading again and again - a keeper.
Honor Kennedy
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brooks is becoming one of my favorite authors. I enjoy the diversity of her books and insightful story telling. The Idea of Home is a reflection of her own life experiences as a foreign correspondent, young girl growing up in a small community in Australia and becoming a writer. Looking forward to another great read from her.
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Really enjoyed, particularly last chapter.
Honor Kennedy
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooks once again delivers in this lecture series. As always, thoughtful, insightful and wonderfully written.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have not really read this, but listened to Geraldine Brooks original presentation of the material on audio.
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Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issu