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Getting of Wisdom (Version 2)

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I recently finished reading a captivating novel that left me reflecting on the complexities and challenges of growing up. The story follows the journey of a young girl named Laura as she navigates the trials and tribulations of boarding school life in late 19th-century Australia.

The author skillfully captures the nuances of Laura's coming-of-age experience, taking readers through her highs and lows as she tries to fit in and find her place in a world filled with strict rules and expectations. The characters in the novel are well-developed and relatable, making it easy to become emotionally invested in their individual struggles and triumphs.

What sets this novel apart is its realistic portrayal of the rollercoaster of emotions that come with adolescence. From the giddiness of first crushes to the heartache of social rejection, the novel does not shy away from addressing the often messy and confusing nature of growing up. Additionally, the vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape and cultural norms of the time provide a rich backdrop for the story to unfold.

Overall, "Getting of Wisdom" is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that offers insight into the universal themes of youth, identity, and the quest for self-discovery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age tales that are both poignant and memorable.

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Henry Handel Richardson was the pseudonym of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, a writer who was born in 1870 to a reasonably well-off family which later fell on hard times. The author's family lived in various Victorian towns and from the age of 13 to 17 Richardson attended boarding school at the Presbyterian Ladies' College in Melbourne, Victoria. It's this experience that feeds directly into The Getting of Wisdom. Laura Tweedle Rambotham, the main character, is the eldest child of a country family. She is a clever and highly imaginative child, given to inventing romantic stories for the entertainment of her younger siblings, and an avid reader. She is also both proud and sensitive and her mother finds her difficult to handle. Her mother is the widow of a barrister who supports her family in genteel poverty on her earnings from embroidery. At the age of twelve Laura is sent off to boarding school in Melbourne. Her experiences at school shock and humiliate the unworldly Laura. The girls at the school are generally from rather wealthy families and those, like Laura, who come from less fortunate backgrounds learn very early not to divulge their circumstances for fear of ridicule. From time to time Laura lets little snippets of information about her family slip out, and she suffers for it.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 9, 2016
Subject: PERFECT!
The man who read that book might be a lovely man, his voice is so great! LOVE IT!
Reviewer: - June 4, 2016
Laura is a very disturbed child and it is rather difficult to feel sympathy for her. I think it was a book worth listening to and knowing situations that aren't always perfect.

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