Review: Everywhere I Look, Helen Garner
Here’s a good read. Being a selection of essays and diary notes based on many events and sometimes those quite happenings that one observes.
I have not read any Helen Garner’s work but have a reasonable awareness of the topics she writes on. Other reviewers have related this work to previous writings – for me I had to take it all on face value.
It is a good read – combining some very personal moments and thoughts of a couple of decades. When you identify with what she is saying, you can share the pain, the ouch! At other times there are many quiet chuckles to be had – her observations are wonderful.
I have to admit that while I likes some of her diary entries – they were too much like social media chat and for that reason I sometimes lost interest and skimmed through them. Likewise there was an essay or two towards the end when I drifted off and skimmed a bit.
But – and it is a big but – there are so many great little essays here. I will leave it to other to take about them in details.
For me this is a recommended read – rating 4/5.
Other eview recommended: From The Saturday Paper – click here
and from The Guardian – click here.
It was the review in The Saturday paper that took my interest and led to me ordering the book from Readings in Melbourne.