NYR: more library staff book reviews

October 30, 2012 – 12:39 pm

It’s end of semester, but we are still celebrating the National Year of Reading.

Strathfield Library love to read and share their reading with you. Earlier in the year we posted some other Strathfield campus library reviews. Here are some more!

1932 – Gerald Stone

‘Possibly the best and certainly the most engaging, modern Australian history book I have ever read. For anyone interested in seeing how much, and how little, Australian society has changed, 1932 is a fascinating read. Dealing with virtually every aspect of society – politics, law and order, class unrest, entertainment, and many more – 1932 is a look at an Australia some of us would barely recognise’.

Mark – Strathfield Campus Library

Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey

‘A new addition to our collection is a fantastic read. A story concerned with friendship, judging people on appearances, love and secrets. It is well worth the accolades it has been given. Thoroughly recommended!’

Bernice – Strathfield Campus Library

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

‘I love this book for its gentle quirky humour. The story is about Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman who escapes the earth by hitchhiking on an alien spaceship with some interesting characters, such as Marvin the depressed robot, just before the earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic superhighway. It sounds like a real “sci-fi geek” book but it isn’t – it’s actually a comic novel which anyone can enjoy, regardless of whether you’re into sci-fi.

This version includes all five books (in what Adams originally described as a trilogy). The best is probably the first book, which gives its name to the volume, but reading the whole set is rewarded with some humorous gems like the discovery of God’s final message to his creation, but I won’t spoil it by telling you what that message actually is’. J

Medwenna – Strathfield Campus Library

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

‘Jane Eyre is a Gothic romance novel that was written in the 18th century by Charlotte Brontë, under the pen name Currer Bell. A well-recognised classic that has been translated into many languages, it has inspired numerous motion pictures, television adaptations, radio adaptations, musicals, graphic novels and countless literary works including retellings and spin offs.

Jane Eyre is the story of a woman who was orphaned as an infant and raised by her uncle. Unfortunately, after his death and in the care of his wife, she was bullied by her cousins and mistreated. At 10, she was sent to Lowood a seminary school, where she made friends and received an excellent education, but also experienced the death of her best friend Helen Burns.

After graduating Jane remained as a teacher but with the inspiration of the superintendent of the seminary she stared a new life as a governess for a young French girl, Adèle, at Thornfield. Here she falls in love with Mr Rochester who was the owner of the estate. But Thornfield held dark secrets, and she finds herself chilled by the sight of a woman next to her bed and eerie laughter…

Jane Eyre is story is about finding oneself, growing through love, encouragement and even ill-treatment. As the story progresses, Jane matures into a self-assertive woman who sees herself as equal as everyone in God’s eyes. It is an entrancing read with themes of jealousy, karma, forgiveness, betrayal, honesty and romance’.

Thuong – Strathfield Campus Library

A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

‘Not having read many plays aside from the required Shakespeare in high school, I found myself pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this three act classic by Ibsen. I was absolutely drawn in by the protagonist’s struggle in this play – she is truly stuck between a rock and a hard place. There are a lot of interesting issues this play touches upon most notably the place of women in society, particularly the household. The play asks what is the responsibility of a woman to her husband, her children, to society and…to herself? It shows the great sacrifices that mothers make for the former often at the price of the latter. The ending of the play is an amazingly fresh and powerful message even for today’s more progressive society or perhaps especially so. A Doll’s House is an easy and relatively short read but, be warned, it will leave you thinking for hours!’

Sally – Strathfield Campus Library

AND we have all of these books in the ACU Library- just do a search- in the big Search box on the Library home page. All are books, and we have the DVDs of some of them as well.

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