Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mudeye by Bary Dowling

An autobiography, telling of the author's childhood from his birth in 1933, in Ballarat, to his 16th year, when he ran away from Geelong Grammar School. Describes his early schooldays in Ballarat, his excursion(s) with his father, a country vet, and the often tense relationship between the author and his parents. Includes a final chapter describing a therapy session with a psychologist at the age of 59. (Review – Global books in print (Australia)
I really enjoyed this book! Mudeye was recommended to me by a friend who like me was born in Ballarat.
In Mudeye – an autobiography - Ballarat and district, and especially Lake Wendouree of the 1930’s and 40’s are brought to life through a very observant young boy - Bary as he tries to make sense of the depression, the drought, the second world war, his town, his school and his family. The characters, the family-life, the streets of Ballarat, and the natural environment of the area are very beautifully drawn.
4/5 from me. A great Read!
Reviewed by kim@ballarat branch

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