River of Dreams Discussion
The publisher describes this book as “set on timeless Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams, and based on devastating true events, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) is an epic story of love, loss and belonging.”
Our Pageturners had much to talk about with this book which beings with the floods at Gundagai in 1852.
Pageturners talked about language, Indigenous issues, and found it a door opening experience to discuss a range of social issues.
“it is more of a history, easy to read, it is a bit airbrushed and Mill & Boon, it is really controversial about a Aboriginal woman living a settler’s life, I didn’t know about the floods of Gundagai, it really opened my eyes and I’m still thinking about it, the most impressive part was about the floods, I don’t understand why she didn’t leave earlier, it really a love story, ther is a lot of Wiradjuri language, it could be more developed, the river gives and takes, I cound’t finish it, the love story was trivial, it shows the importance of Aboriginal knowledge and the Wiradjui language, this would be a good book for young adults, Louisa’s ideas never amount to anything, it lacked a truth.”
Ratings out of 5 ranged from 2 to 3.5 for the Daytime group and 3 to 4 for the Evening group.
After Story Discussion
Pageturners enjoyed their discussions about After Story by Larissa Behrendt.
The publisher described this book as “When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past. Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between. We can be ready to listen, but are we ready to hear?”
Pageturners March & April groups talked about “the change in language as the alternate chapters told Jasmine and Della’s stories, same events, different perspectives, really powerful, it was a great read, loved the characters, we all know women like these characters, really liked Della, there was no rosy ending, she didn’t try to tie up the loose ends, it just spoke the truth, the gardens signified new beginnings, new growth for them, liked the infusion of the Australian landscape and English classics, Della was very observant, I think there was a lot of unnecessary details, she could’ve explored the characters more, it was so believable.”
Ratings ranged from 2 to 4 for both sessions.
- Wednesday 11 May – Daytime group discuss Violeta by Isabel Allende and the Evening group talk about 2021 Booker Prize winner The Promise by Damon Galgut.
- Wednesday 8 June – Both the Daytime and Evening groups discuss the One Library One Book community read Cooper Not Out by Justin Smith.
- Wednesday 13 July – Both Daytime and Evening groups read the Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist and try to guess the winner.
- Wednesday 10 August – Daytime group read The Promise by Damon Galgut and the Evening Group discuss Violeta by Isabel Allende.
- September, October, November and December reads to be announced.
Special Event: We are hosting the Livestream and Local from the Sydney Writers Festival this year. We will be streaming sessions in the new theatre at Orange Regional Gallery on Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22 May 10am – 5pm. There will also be a launch of the SWF Livestream Program featuring local author Stuart Lloyd on Thursday 19 April 5pm for 5.30pm – 7pm at Orange Regional Gallery. Please book your place online or call us on 6393 8132.
We would like to highlight the Limits of Imagination session on Saturday from 4-5pm that will feature Damon Galgut (The Promise) and Larissa Behrendt (After Story)!!!!
And a new event has just been added to replace the Derecka Purnell session. Derecka has withdrawn from the Festival. An interview with bestselling British author Sarah Winman will take her place. Sarah will talk about art, love and was in her joyous and richly drawn new novel Still Life. See you there!