Bush Studies, le recueil de nouvelles de l’écrivain australien Barbara Baynton, fut publié en Pendant longtemps on considéra ses nouvelles comme mal. LibriVox recording of Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton. Read in English by Kirsty Leishman Bush Studies is a short story collection published. Rereading Barbara Baynton’s. Bush Studies. Leigh Dale. The work of Barbara Baynton (), a small number of short stories and the novella Human Toll.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton. Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton. The most pronounced feature of Jyne’s face was her mouth, and it seemed proud of its teeth, especially of the top row.
Without any apparent effort, the last tooth there was always visible. She was a great power in the bush, being styled by the folk themselves “Rabbit Ketcher,” which, translated, means midwife. And the airs Jyne gave herself were justifiable, for she was th The most pronounced feature of Jyne’s face was her mouth, and it seemed proud of its teeth, especially of the top row.
And the airs Jyne gave herself were justifiable, for she was the only “Rabbit Ketcher” this side of the township. To bring a qualified midwife from civilization would have represented a crippling expenditure to these cockies.
Jyne’s moderate fees were usually four-legged. Published first published July 20th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bush Studiesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. A set of tales written in the late s on life in the Australian bush. They focus on the harsh and unforgiving lives of various women.
Loneliness, isolation, dangers from the elements and danger from men. The writing is a bit mixed – from very good to a bit below par. But overall it is a classic of Australian early literature. It certainly fulfils this role well — it seems that Baynton herself saw the book partly in those terms – but it would be a shame if this detracted from its intrinsic worth. I think the book is best described by its title.
What makes the stories interesting is the tension between what is conventional and what is unconventional. If these were musical studies they would be Victorian parlour ballads into which a much spikier and more atonal music keeps breaking. Publication by Text Classics, with an introduction by Helen Garner, should bring the book to a wider audience – as it did to me – but it’s a shame the cover is pretty ghastly Jan 17, Debbie rated it it was amazing.
First published inBush Studies is a collection of short stories set in the Australian outback of her day. While the stories certainly convey the harsh conditions, I felt that Baynton made scathing commentary on the harsh, crude and vulgar behaviour particularly of the men, and particularly toward women.
When the description of the outback is good it is really good with lots of lively imagery, but Baynton got a little bit carried away in places, both with that and the use of commas. Apr 02, Rachel Stigter rated it liked it. A mention in McSweeney’s got me to find a copy of Bush Studies, a founding classic of Australian Literature, though I’d probably heard it mentioned once or twice in my life.
I’m glad I followed up, because, while these stories are a form of torture, I am historically interested in fiction of this period. And I’m glad because these are strong pieces. Poe was one of her admitted influences, and that’s clear; but these aren’t supernatural stories.
The ominousness and approach reminds me of Stephen C A mention in McSweeney’s got me to find a copy of Bush Studies, a founding classic of Australian Literature, though I’d probably heard it mentioned once or twice in my life. The ominousness and approach reminds me of Stephen Crane, and I suspect Crane’s realism or that of similar writers of the period may have played a role. One of the best pieces, “Bush Church”, has no actual plot.
It’s a social satire, following the arrival of a minister in the outback, to do a christening, and whatever other necessary duties are needed; the circuit preacher’s rounds. Half the locals think he’s a spy for the major landowners, or the taxman, and so they show up at the service with their legal documents in hand. None of them are paying attention, most of them are grabbing food from the hostess folks help themselves to the padre’s dinner or otherwise expressing basic barbarity.
It is a scathing presentation of everyone involved. And there’s only one death, Polly, but we don’t ever quite find out who Polly was. She died carrying water too far in the heat. In the rest of the stories the torture is the overwhelming suspense; but in “Bush Church” it’s the excruciating misbehavior of everybody. One cringes constantly, hoping that somehow a story will emerge, or that something will reward the hostess for her embarrassment.
Mostly the stories have to do with death, and the threat of assault by outsiders. For only six short stories, the body count of this collection is pretty high. Interestingly, Baynton couldn’t get it published in Australia, so it came out in Great Britain, where it provided a baebara impression of the Australian outback for a couple of generations.
The other writer I’d compare these pieces to is Flannery O’Connor, whose acerbic, satirical tone is similar; and also her use of local dialect.
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The bush lingo is rather thick in this volume, which will probably require bayntln use of Google for modern readers, especially American readers, whose Australian vocabulary is generally limited to “shrimp” and “barbie. It starts with the tale of her mother voyaging from Belfast to Australia with her new husband, and barbafa him for an stjdies of the Bengal Lancers on the way.
This is followed by the author’s birth, three upwardly mobile marriages bringing her up to Baroness by the end, with fast cars and fancy houses everywhere. Oh, and not much writing. Her fame rests on this collection of six short stories, one novel, and two more stories that were later tacked on to this collection not very successfully, barbra seems. Otherwise she did some journeyman journalism, and mostly ditched it once stuides leveraged her fame into fortune.
Which is an interesting enough bio, but it turns out that she made the early part up. She shaved five years off her age, and gave herself different parents, in order to land the governess job that eventually led to a coronet on her linens; so even the grandson only knew the half of it.
Oct 09, Amanda rated it really liked bayntkn Shelves: I’m struggling to decide what I think. On the one hand, it’s a collection of stories that show the impact the bush can have on different types of people; on the other, it’s a testament to the lucky few who really learn what the bush is and means. Overall, it’s a fairly black collection of tales in which women and nature seem to do battle and men just get in the way. Jul 26, Arlo Whiddett rated it really liked it Shelves: They’re not the sort of bedtime stories that you need.
Aug 10, Highlyeccentric rated it liked it Shelves: Most were women, but one study concerned an elderly man awaiting the return of the young couple who lived with or near him – his ruminations on the younger man’s betrayal of gaynton by taking a wife interwoven with and marked unreliable by his acute fear of the stranger he expected to soon assault him.
I was least interested by studiess study of a rural preacher, and by one of a city woman travelling to Huh.
I was least interested by a study of a rural preacher, and by one of a city barbaea travelling to become housekeeper on a remote station – the latter was soaked in classism and racism. I wonder stydies the fear-of-swaggies-and-tramps thing. I do really wonder what the actual rates of, eg, theft and assault of women by swaggies in the remote bush were, but of course no one kept count.
Baynton’s acute ztudies of the factors that bind women to abusive men, though, that was spot on. In one particularly awful study, a couple work together as day labourers, but after the woman is injured, their former employers and colleagues will have nothing to do with either of them, and she ends up living, bedridden, in a cabin behind that in which her partner lives with his new, more traditional, barnara wife.
The stories in this collection are quite uneven. All deal with the hardships of living in the Australian bush during the ‘s but some stories are wonderful and others difficult to read.
The collection is worth picking up just for the first and last stories. They are atmospheric, beautifully evoked stories that have you gripped from the very beginning. Perhaps you should skip a few of the ones in the middle though – by trying to capture the dialogue and sound of the characters, much of the dialo The stories in this collection are quite uneven.
Perhaps you should skip a few of the ones in the middle though – by trying to capture the dialogue and sound of the characters, much of the dialogue is lost – as it is so hard to work out what is being said. Stick to the stories that are told in narrative form instead! This book of short stories has been sitting on my shelf for some years now. Introductions are peculiar things, sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes not. This one I found to be too long and didn’t finish it because it was giving too much away.
I read the first two stories and found them hauntingly realistic but I couldn’t manage to get into the others. I started each one and struggled either due to the written form of spoken language or lack of interest.
I feel it was more a question of timing, I This book of short stories has been sitting on my shelf for some years now. I feel it was more a question of timing, I was simply not in the right mood, as the themes are powerful as is the authors own story.
Definitely worth a look for anyone interested in Australian historical fiction. Sep 21, Jacqui rated it it was ok Shelves: Published init presents a feminist perspective about 19th century Australian bush life and although aspects of it are a bit quaint, it’s interesting to read.
To see my review, see http: Quite bleak and creepy stories, she manages to build up suspense without dramatics. The overlying theme of Australia’s bleak bushland and the lack of hope in the people is strong. Some humour in the presentation of some typical ‘bush characters’.
Dec 19, Blue Etudies rated it it was amazing. Some of the stories were a little hard to get into, especially when characters started talking all ‘straya like.