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Camille's Bread

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  8 reviews
After too many nights of take-away pizzas Narita wants just one year off to look after her daughter, Camille. Then she meets Stephen, a public servant in the complex process of reinventing himself, training as a shiatsu masseur. As their relationship grows, so does the drama of parenting Camille, in this elegantly crafted warmly appealing novel of contemporary Australian l ...more
277 pages
Published (first published 1995)
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Stef Rozitis
I first read this in the 90s when I had to read it for uni...I reread it just now and I liked it a lot better than I remembered. None of the characters was perfect but that wasn't the point (I really think the people objecting on the grounds that this isn't the white picket fence "normal" family and blaming single mums are massively missing the point.

The gender essentialism in the book struck me as an irritating constant undertone. I had forgotten this was my first introduction to veganism the f
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Jan
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Amanda Lorry's writing, but the story overall made me wonder what it is like for children of single parents when they find a stranger has moved into the house. That aspect of the story was kind of depressing and you wonder how many other men will pass through their lives in a similar way.
You could really feel the claustrophobic heat of a Sydney summer away from the cooling winds of the coast. I didn't warm much to Stephen as he was so hung up about his food and his trying to keep contr
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Sharolyn
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
I started this book 2 years ago (found it at the op shop - the Bread theme and little award sticker attracted me) and got distracted along the way, but upon picking it up recently I fell in to a new groove with it. What I loved most were the descriptions of Sydney in summer. I love reading Australian literature and being able to relate to the sights, sounds and smells described. Most of the characters bugged me a bit but there were some lovely moments along the way. Probably 3.5 stars.
Alyson
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Stephen embodies everything I hate about the men single-mothers bring into a home to hide behind . I hated him when I read this book years ago when I lived in Australia and -I still hate him. He's self-important, rigid and insincere. I detested this book because reading from the POV of the little girl-he's an outsider that just showed up and took over. No one likes to be invaded. ...more
Sandy
Jan 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this during my Australian period. I thought that it was a nice little book.
Christy Collins
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, especially the early bits in Stephen's office for some reason -- the exchanges there seemed to hold a strange poetry which I enjoyed. ...more
Meg Dunley
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.
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Amanda Lohrey is a novelist and essayist. She was educated at the University of Tasmania and Cambridge. She lectured in Writing and Textual Studies at the Sydney University of Technology (1988-1994), and since 2002 at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

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