White Ravens: dubosarsky

2 books      

Australia (English) - 2007 - 26
Dubosarsky, Ursula
The red shoe
Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2006. 183 p.
ISBN 978-1-74114-285-3
Australia/1954 – Post-war society – Daughter – Father – Sister – War trauma – Suicide attempt
In this quiet children’s novel set in 1954, Ursula Dubosarsky describes the everyday life of little Matilda and her family. Matilda’s mother struggles hard to maintain a kind of sane family routine despite the fact that the often-absent father can’t seem to cope with his horrible wartime memories and older sister Elizabeth just suffered a nervous breakdown. In an unpretentious, matter-of-fact style, the curious six-year-old protagonist relates the events around her. The renowned Australian author uses real newspaper clippings cunningly woven into the haunting narrative to paint an authentic picture of small and big events in postwar Sydney and, at the same time, creates a family story filled with a sense of mystery, adventure, tragedy, and wonder. (10+)
(Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards; 2006)

Australia (English) - 1996 - 35
Dubosarsky, Ursula
The First Book of Samuel
Ringwood: Viking/Penguin, 1995. 158 p.
ISBN 0-670-85572-3
Family - Father/Daughter - Grandfather/ Grandson - Conflict of Interest
The past history of a family can have an effect on the next generation, as in the case of 12-year-old Samuel where the relationships between his father, her mother, his father's first wife and children, and his dearly beloved grandfather form a core constellation that produces a turning point in his life and helps to establish his own identity. The author skillfully develops the events which lead up to a climactic »kidnapping« and reconciliation. The theme of family relationships is narrated here in a fascinating style with the voice of a concerned observer, giving the story a feeling of immediacy. (12+)