This Water: Five Tales

This Water Five Tales Beverley Farmer one of Australia s great prose stylists and a pioneer of women s writing in her exploration of feminine concerns and her use of different literary forms novel short story poetry

  • Title: This Water: Five Tales
  • Author: Beverley Farmer
  • ISBN: 9781925336313
  • Page: 402
  • Format: None
  • Beverley Farmer, one of Australia s great prose stylists, and a pioneer of women s writing, in her exploration of feminine concerns, and her use of different literary forms novel, short story, poetry, essay, journal, myth and fairy tale.This Water is a collection of five tales, three of them novella length, each a fragmentary love story with a nameless woman at the centrBeverley Farmer, one of Australia s great prose stylists, and a pioneer of women s writing, in her exploration of feminine concerns, and her use of different literary forms novel, short story, poetry, essay, journal, myth and fairy tale.This Water is a collection of five tales, three of them novella length, each a fragmentary love story with a nameless woman at the centre, and a mythic dimension Greek or Celtic, folklore or fable rooted in the power of nature Water and stone, ice and fire, light and darkness play an important role in all the stories, as do other motifs, closely related to women s experience, blood, birth, possession and release, marriage and singularity One tale, set on the south coast of Victoria, is animated by the legend of the Great Silkie, following Sylvia Plath and Joan Baez another finds its rebellious princess in Lake Annaghmakerrig in Ireland a third has Clytemnestra as its central figure, mourning the daughter sacrificed by her husband Agamemnon so that he can go to war with Troy The stories contain and reflect and shadow one other in each the women speak, act, think for themselves, in opposing or escaping from situations ordained by authority.

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    • Lisa says:

      This Water is a collection of five tales loosely themed around water. All have a fairy-tale quality, some are retellings of fairy tales, some are retellings of myth and others are new stories in the style of fairy tales. There is no doubt that Beverley Farmer is a skilled writer – her prose is tender and exquisite, her visuals enthralling. Personally, though, I found myself a bit bamboozled by the plot of the story and wasn’t always sure what was going on.

    • Lisa says:

      This Water: Five Tales by Melbourne author Beverley Farmer (b. 1941), is a collection of three novellas and two short stories, linked by exquisite images of water and harrowing musings on loss, reminiscent of Farmer’s preoccupations in a previous collection called A Body of Water (see my review). But age mellows this collection, and the elemental forms of water and stone, ice and fire, light and darkness give the writing a mythic quality. Yes, in the wake of my reading of Contemporary Fiction, [...]

    • Robert Lukins says:

      A sea of beautiful, lifelike, untethered ideas; choice.

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