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Return to Book. An Australian Girl by Catherine Martin. Graham Tulloch editor. As Australia began the process of breaking away from its status as a British colony, Catherine Martin was fascinated with the meaning of Australian culture and identity.

She examines these issues through the story of the independent and intelligent Stella Courtland, a young girl who marries and finds herself hampered by the social constraints of her new life. In this sensi As Australia began the process of breaking away from its status as a British colony, Catherine Martin was fascinated with the meaning of Australian culture and identity.

In this sensitive tale of moral and emotional growth, Martin brilliantly captures this turning point in Australian history and anticipates the values of a new generation. Get A Copy. PaperbackOxford World's Classicss. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about An Australian Girlplease up. Lists with This Book.

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Nov 25, Jane rated it really liked it. Catherine Martin was born on the Isle of Skye, late in the s. Her family were poor crofters and some years later they emigrated to South Australiaalongside many other impoverished Highland families. There were lessons for the children on the long, long voyage to Australia, and Catherine came to love language and literature. Her education would continue in Australia; she became a teacher, she became a wife, she developed progressive views; she came to especially love German language and lit Catherine Martin was born on the Isle of Skye, late in the s.

Her education would continue in Australia; she became a teacher, she became a wife, she developed progressive views; she came to especially love German language and literature, and she began to publish poems and translations. All of this would inform this book — her first novel — which was published anonymously in She was beautiful, articulate, and sociable; and she loved the world around her and all the things she could do in that world just as much as she loved her books and intellectual pursuits.

She was one of the youngest children of a large An australian girl, most of her siblings had scattered, and only the youngest were left at home with their widowed mother.

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Stella was ready to fly, but she would never flout the conventions of society; she would always love her home, and she was able to travel to visit friends and family in different parts of South Australia. I had to love Stella. She was a wonderful mixture of new woman and tradition heroine, and she was completely and utterly a woman of a particular time and place.

He was a successful and An australian girl pastoralist, and though he had no interest in books and learning himself he was happy for Stella to pursue whatever interests she had, to live however she wished, just as long as she would become his bride. Their friends and their families thought that it would be a wonderful match; but Stella knew that she loved him as a friend and no more than that, and so she did her best to refuse his proposals without losing his friendship.

When Stella was introduced to a visitor from England, Dr Anselm Langdale, she knew that she had done the right thing. They shared the same interests, and they were perfectly matched, both intellectually and romantically. Friends and family were unsure, but Stella was certain.

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She had serious financial and marital issues, she would do anything within her power to resolve them and claim the social position that she knew should be hers, and she wanted her brother safely married to Stella. The story moves between Australia and Europe as it plays out, beginning as a classical Victorian drama, coming close to a sensation novel as it moves forward, and finally settling into a wonderful conclusion when Stella came to realise that she must make her own decisions and determine her own future.

Her story says much about the world that she lived in, how it had developed, how it might change in the future, and exactly what in meant to be an Australian woman in the latter years of the 19th century. The writing is effective in many ways. It captures conversations so well that I could hear them in my head.

It allows me to understand her life, and to see and feel all of the things that she does. The book as a whole though felt a little odd.

The early chapters were almost entirely conversation, they were followed by a series of letters from Stella to her brother setting out all of the details of what she was doing, and then it settled into traditional storytelling. I enjoyed the conversations, but I was anxious for the story to open out.

I loved the letters, and they were so illuminating that I could forgive the fact that they fell into the kind of narrative that felt more like a book than a letter.

There is nothing that I can say is wrong, but I can say that Catherine Martin is not as skilled a storyteller as the writers who influenced her. View 1 comment. Jul 28, G. At the girls' school I attended through the s, we read a Shakespeare play every year; some poetry the Romantics, T. Eliot, Sylvia Plath ; and novels by the Brontes, E. Forster, D. Lawrence, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. All of which I'm glad to have read. Still, it's sobering to realize that less than a hun A gem of a novel by an author I'd never heard of before I found her on the Goodre "Best Australian Literary Fiction and Poetry" list.

Still, it's sobering to realize that less than a hundred years after Catherine Martin's ambitious and accomplished novel was published, it had been completely forgotten, even in her homeland.

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The novel begins in the vein of Jane Austen : the heroine, Stella Courtland, is introduced, and the story reveals itself as a classic marriage-plot: Stella will choose her self by choosing a husband. s of amusing dialogue delineate the characters, especially Stella's suitor Ted and his sister Laurette, and much fun is had skewering that variety of social snobbery that worships British aristocratic connections. The novel then veers off into George Eliot territory: Stella meets the Englishman Anselm Langdale and the possibility of a marriage between like minds is explored.

It would be unfair to reveal here how Stella makes her choice and what happens thereafter. This is an excellent edition with several hundred very necessary endnotes elucidating everything from the characters' use of often dated Australian dialect through Biblical, classical, and poetic references. All in all, a wonderful discovery! View 2 comments. Feb 14, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 19th-centuryaustralian-literatureclassicsdiverse-reoutofprint. This is the story of Stella. A true Australian girl An australian girl and raised in Australia. She is a new woman of Australia.

Physically healthy, enjoying exploring the wild landscape around her. Intellectual with a love of learning and reading. Craving discourse with an equally intellectual companion.