|Plot Summary of The Road from Coorain|
|""The Road from Coorain" published in 1993 gives us a realistic view of the struggles and joys of growing up on a sheep ranch in Australia in the 30's. Jill Ker Conway gives us vivid descriptions of the near desert terrain, the ranch house isolated by miles from the nearest neighbor, and the life of a girl, home-schooled and forbidden to cry by her stoic and hard-working mother.
Best parts are the early life of the subject when her only company was the occasional hired man that came to help her father, and the hard life she lead, riding on horseback in the 100-degree heat, herding sheep.
Conway depicts the grief the family suffered after enduring a six-year drought, the death of her father, and the need to leave the outback for Sydney. Her description of the young country Australia with its rough and rowdy inhabitants brings the setting to life."
Betty-Jeanne Korson, Resident Scholar
|"Author, Jill Ker Conway's narrative is candidly written about her childhood in New South Wales, Australia. She had lived on an isolated sheep farm in the grasslands and had never saw or meet another female child until the age of seven. An eight year drought took its' toll on the family farm but perseverance availed. Education in their household was a hobby unbeknownst to Jill. She felt very secure and loved by both parents in the lonely outback and work was made to be a strong value for her.
Beautifully descriptive images of life in the bush push the imagination as Jill depicts her surroundings in an introverted childhood. At the age of eleven she was sent to school in wartime Sydney with her despondent newly widowed mother. Jill's quest for knowledge rewarded her with achievement. Through her detailed struggles and travels, she ends up to be president of Smith College and now is a professor at MIT."
Susan D. Minkalis, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Road from Coorain|
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Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
ethnic of society (outside)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- lot of descript of animal care
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- actual description of hetero sex
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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