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Come in spinner by Dymphna Cusack
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Come in spinner (edition 1988)

by Dymphna Cusack, Florence James

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Set in a salon at the Hotel South Pacific in wartime Sydney, this novel revolves around the lives and loves of three women - Deb, Guinea and Claire. Their romances are futher complicated by the tension of war, with American troops in occupation and where anything could be obtained for a price.
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Title:Come in spinner
Authors:Dymphna Cusack
Other authors:Florence James
Info:North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1988.
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This is a wonderful piece of Australian literature. It captures the lived experience of Sydney and the "American Occupation" during the Second World War, bringing to life the social history I studied in one of Joan Beaumont's classes at Deakin University. I am rediscovering Australian literature that for some reason is hidden behind the cultural cringe. This 1953 version of the work is apparently heavily abridged, and a later version edited from the original manuscript includes the parts about rape, prostitution, and abortion that were not allowed to be published when first released in 1951. I enjoy discovering great literature at bric-a-brac stores, but it really makes we wonder how such gems escape the Australian education system. The tales of tragedy, glamour, despair, and comeuppance, following the lives of a handful of young women in 1940s Sydney, expose a reality that was well-hidden by my great-grandparents and their facade of morality. Maybe this is why the work has not had its proper place in Australian literature, despite a television series based on the book that seems to have also disappeared into history. ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
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James, Florencemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bramner, Mary LouCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Angus McFarland stepped out of the private hire car at the main entrance of the Hotel South Pacific and snapped a brusque reply to the commissionaire's "Good morning, sir."
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Set in a salon at the Hotel South Pacific in wartime Sydney, this novel revolves around the lives and loves of three women - Deb, Guinea and Claire. Their romances are futher complicated by the tension of war, with American troops in occupation and where anything could be obtained for a price.

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