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The Harp in the South Novels (1948)

by Ruth Park

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The audio version was fantastic - so easy to listen to, the voice of the Aussie narrator was spot on. Compelling story, sheds light on a time and place and way of life, real and gritty, but with plenty of life and joy. The audio version did seem to be abridged though, so it did feel like some chunks of the family's life story was missing from the story I got, I just don't know how much was missing. May want to read the whole un-abridged version one day, but I am just so glad that I listened to this one. ( )
  Liciasings | Jun 3, 2013 |
Set in the 1940s, Harp in The South tells the story of the Darcy family who live in the working class suburb of Surrey Hills in Sydney. Hughie and Margaret (Mumma) live with their two daughters Roie and Dolour and Mumma’s mother (Grandma) as well as their boarder Mr Diamond in a small terrace house. Hughie has a job at a foundry, but is often off sick due to the effects of the sly grog he over-indulges in on a regular basis. Mumma is a housewife who does her best to be a good Catholic wife, amongst the bad influences that surround the Darcy family.
Harp in the South covers about a year in the Darcy family’s life. The main theme is poverty and hardship, yet there is a real sense of the Aussie Battler making the best of their lot and getting on with life. The influences of the Catholic church, the local brothel madam/sly grog supplier, heartless landlords and sex before marriage are all explored. ( )
  dalzan | Jan 24, 2013 |
The Harp in the South (1948) was Ruth Park’s first novel and is, I think, the nest-loved of all her books. While her two small children slept, Ruth Park wrote it on the kitchen table of her parents’ home in New Zealand while she was visiting from Australia. She and her husband D’Arcy Niland were determined to make a living from writing, and the Sydney Morning Herald’s literary competition with a prize of £2000 propelled her into using her experiences in the slum Sydney suburb of Surry Hills for a novel. As she recounts in Fishing in the Styx, this award brought criticism as well as much needed money…
To see the rest of this review please visit The Harp in the South (1948) was Ruth Park’s first novel and is, I think, the nest-loved of all her books. While her two small children slept, Ruth Park wrote it on the kitchen table of her parents’ home in New Zealand while she was visiting from Australia. She and her husband D’Arcy Niland were determined to make a living from writing, and the Sydney Morning Herald’s literary competition with a prize of £2000 propelled her into using her experiences in the slum Sydney suburb of Surry Hills for a novel. As she recounts in Fishing in the Styx, this award brought criticism as well as much needed money…
To see the rest of this review please visit http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2010/0...(less) ( )
  anzlitlovers | Jul 17, 2010 |
i like it as a snapshot of depression era sydney. not as good as i remembered though. some of the characters lack depth - other characters are wonderful. ( )
  gemilyinterrupted | Mar 15, 2007 |
A novel about a poor family growing up in Sydney and their experiences, and focuses in particular on the daughter, Rosemary. It is decent enough to hold the interest of most.

This story of slum living has also been made into a film, I think.

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2012/04/harp-in-the-south-ruth-park/ ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 27, 2007 |
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