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Foreign Correspondence | [Geraldine Brooks]

Foreign Correspondence

Born in Sydney's western suburbs in the late 1950s, the young Geraldine Brooks longs to discover the vivid places where she believes history and culture are made. Penfriends from the Middle East, France and America offer her the window she craves on life beyond Australia's isolated backyard. With the aid of their letters, Brooks turns her bedroom into the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, the barricades of Parisian student protests and the swampy fields of an embattled kibbutz.
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Publisher's Summary

Born in Sydney's western suburbs in the late 1950s, the young Geraldine Brooks longs to discover the vivid places where she believes history and culture are made. Penfriends from the Middle East, France and America offer her the window she craves on life beyond Australia's isolated backyard. With the aid of their letters, Brooks turns her bedroom into the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, the barricades of Parisian student protests and the swampy fields of an embattled kibbutz.

Twenty years later and worlds away from her sheltered girlhood, Brooks is an award-winning foreign correspondent covering war and famine. Still intrigued by the foreign correspondents of her adolescence, she embarks on a human treasure hunt in Israel, France and the US to find them. Brooks discovers men and women whose lives have been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness.

Foreign Correspondence is an intimate, moving and often humorous memoir of growing up in Australia in the 1960s that speaks directly to the heart of everyone who ever yearned to become a citizen of the world.

©1999 Geraldine Brooks; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Eloquent, engaging. a timely and tender book." (Sydney Morning Herald)
"Charming and sharply intelligent, with much to say about growing up female and geographically unconnected." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Pam Castletown, Australia 04-09-10
    Pam Castletown, Australia 04-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Never finished it"

    I loved the People of the Book so I thought this would be good but it is a tedious listen. Geraldin Brooks should never have been the narator. I found the voice rather annoying and never finished the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jim Mosman Park, Australia 01-11-12
    jim Mosman Park, Australia 01-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Geraldine Brooks and/or Geraldine Brooks?

    yes


    What could Geraldine Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    use a professional narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was obviously reading - dropped her voice at the end of every senrence. This lost any sense of realism.


    Did Foreign Correspondence inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    She jumped back and forth a bit too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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