Continuing the history of the Irish Darcys begun in Missus and continued in The Harp in the South, this third novel of the trilogy re-acquaints listeners with the vicissitudes of slum life in a Sydney suburb. An unforgettable family and a cast of unforgettable characters enliven a story that is sometimes tragic, but often humourous, in a time of poverty and destitution, hope and promise.
©1949 Ruth Park (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The reader, though no doubt with best intentions, overacted so much that it sounds like a children's book. The voices are painfully exaggerated, caricatures - females sound like either babies or elderly and nothing in between, males sound like 50 year pack-a-day smokers without exception.
The story was wonderful.
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