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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career is a captivating and insightful novel that follows the life of the fiercely independent protagonist, Sybylla Melvyn, as she navigates the challenges of growing up in rural Australia in the late 19th century. The novel is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to the harsh yet enchanting Australian landscape.

Sybylla's fierce desire for independence and intellectual fulfillment is both admirable and relatable, making her a compelling and complex character. Her struggles with societal expectations, family obligations, and her own desires for self-fulfillment are expertly portrayed by the author, Miles Franklin.

The novel is a powerful exploration of gender roles, class distinctions, and the limitations placed on women during this time period. It is a thought-provoking and engaging read that leaves a lasting impression on the reader.

Overall, My Brilliant Career is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a beautifully written and thought-provoking story about the complexities of womanhood, independence, and the pursuit of one's own dreams.

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Sybella “There is no plot in this story, because there has been none in my life or in any other life which has come under my notice. I am one of a class, the individuals of which have no time for plots in their life, but have all they can do to get their work done without indulging in such a luxury”.
Like the author Miles Franklin, Sybella grows up in the bush, and as her family’s fortunes decline, so her feelings rise that life should hold more for her than the relentless hard physical work farming marginal land in times of drought.

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