The Road From Coorain

The Road From Coorain Stated First Edition A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket There is a x bookplate affixed to the upper right corner of the front fly

  • Title: The Road From Coorain
  • Author: Jill Ker Conway
  • ISBN: 9780394574561
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stated First Edition A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket There is a 3 x 4 bookplate affixed to the upper right corner of the front fly.

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    1. Poignant and lyrically expressive memoir for the first 13 or 14 years of this woman's (Jill Ker Conway)life was the focus of the first half of this book. That portion is entire 5 star breathless. Stark, real, sharp, luxuriant- the natural Western plains of Australia girl child world.But after the move to Sydney (off of Coorain sheep country isolation)it cuts to her latter years of schooling and family life; then every year of progressive aging becomes closer to a highly aesthetic intellectual an [...]

    2. I spent a while this weekend reading The Road from Coorain, a memoir popular about fifteen years ago that I'd found around the office. In it, Jill Ker Conway, an academic and the first female president of Smith College, tells the story of her youth and education in Australia up to the day she left for America at age 26.The first third of the book, in which she describes her life on a sheep ranch in a remote part of New South Wales, is what makes this book worthwhile. Conway never knew a child ot [...]

    3. Didn't know I was going to love this book. Jill Ker Conway came of age during a time when society did not know what to do with an intelligent woman. She only wanted to be taken seriously, and she was determined to make a difference in the world. And she did!My review:The Road From Coorain

    4. Excellent memoir of the outback childhood and Sydney schooling of a woman who became noted as a historian, feminist, and President of Smith College. The first third about Conway's pre-teen years on an 18,000 acre sheep farm in remote New South Wales in the 30's was most satisfying to me for its vibrant evocation of the beauties and struggles of rural family life. The isolation of their ranch encouraged self reliance, and when her brothers were sent off to school, she came to work closely with he [...]

    5. Solid memoir on growing up in 40s Australia, first in the Outback on a sheep farm that nearly collapses due to a long drought, then in Sydney as she tries to adjust to life a smart, pretty woman in a very chauvinistic academic world. She loses some important people way too early, and her mom begins to lose her grip on reality.I enjoyed the book and it was well written. I definitely liked it better when it was in Coorain, the sheep farm her parents bought and settled about 10 hours west of Sydney [...]

    6. A fantastic and engaging memoir showing how Jill Ker Conway's early years on the sheep farm in Coorain, Australia helped shape her into the academic she later became here in the United States.This book starts off beautifully with in depth descriptions of the harsh Australian outback, a place I've never been, but would like to go, and through Ms. Conway's words I was there. Then the book ends with Jill Ker Conway leaving for America at age 26. I enjoyed the fact that education was fun for her, no [...]

    7. A good book about growing up in the outback of Australia during the 30s. It is this part of the book that most people like. I did enjoy the description of the terrain and vegetation and climate, the beauty of the place, its solitude and isolation. The author grew up at a distance of a 10 hour car ride west of Sydney. This part is through the eyes of the author as a child. It is about drought and hardship and the death of her father, a hard scrabble life still filled with good memories. This part [...]

    8. I enjoyed reading this story very much, but I have to admit that I liked the first half of the story much better than the last half. I have had a hard time trying to figure out why though. I feel that it was more because of the information about Australia and life on the sheep ranch and conditions then, than the more mundane times of an academic in Sydney. It feels wrong to make this comparison, but it is the truth for me. The isolation and desolation endured by the young woman and her family in [...]

    9. The Road from Coorain is an memoir written by Jill Ker Conway detailing her life as a child on the outback of Australia moving to the city. Her young life has numerous obstacles, from droughts to family tragedies. The author had led a fascinating life; I learned much about living in the outback - raising sheep and obtaining one's resources independently - and her story of growing up as a strong, intellectual woman in a chauvinistic age powerful.The memoir is well written; as a memoir, it appears [...]

    10. A memoir that is crying out for a sequel--what happened to her in the U.S.? To her old mother whom she had left in Australia?The author was both rich and poor as a child. Rich, because her father who was a world war one veteran managed to acquire a vast landholding in New South Wales; and poor, because the family itself (husband, wife and three kids) had to work on the land, unlike landowners elsewhere in the world who had slaves, serfs or peasants to work for them. Her father died early and one [...]

    11. "Recollections of a harsh and beautiful journey into adulthood"I remember this autobiography for the decription of Australia. Jill is born to parents who have pioneered a sheep station. They struggle against the seasons and lonliness. Hill is home schooled. Her brothers left for boarding school and WWII. She had to be a "hand." When her father was killed in a stocktank ,her Mother had to admit failure -- so they moved to the city with disasterous results. Australian women and men were supposed t [...]

    12. If only the whole book was written in the style of her childhood years. We meet her and her family, learn about what their lives were like, and get to enjoy an interesting personal account of what the Australian "Bush" is like. Once she enters school, though, we hear only very brief accounts of the players in her social life and instead are subjected to relentless and unnecessary details about the subjects she studies and her every reaction to them. Jill, we get it! You're an intelligent woman w [...]

    13. This was my first autobiography, and I discovered it as a miniseries on PBS. I found that I related a lot to Jill in feeling out of place in one's skin and environment. Her anecdotes and hardships made me both laugh and sigh. Plus, talk about visuals. I felt like I was in the Australian Outback with her. This is a must read for women.

    14. The Road from Coorain is a heart touching memoir that sweeps you away to places that some could only imagine. Jill Ker Conway writes her life story in such a way that really captures everyone and every memory. Every aspect of her childhood, down to the smell of the flowers at her countryside house, is described in a beautiful organized way. From the beginning you are thrust into countryside Australia, where the people out there hardly ever see other human beings. Where cattle is scarce but sheep [...]

    15. I am reviwing this book now because I just came across it on another list and it bought back to mind a wonderful experience that I was blessed to have. This book set in motion a whole series of events that meant I was able to visit the original homestead. It is a stunning story of fortitude, perseverance and an ability to get the best out a really harsh reality. This book was recommended to me by my Brother (he lives in New York). I was reading it on a camping/tramping holiday in the South Islan [...]

    16. This is the memoir of a woman who grew up on an Australian sheep farm and would go on to become the first woman president of Smith College. I started this book expecting to read a story about the Australian outback and got that--and a lot more. Yes, the picture of growing up on a isolated sheep "station" in the forties was certainly interesting. Conway starts with the landscape, giving a picture of the flat and vast vistas, the endless periodic droughts in the arid, ecologically fragile land and [...]

    17. I loved this book because of the writing, and since I didn't read the jacket, I had no idea who the author was at first. I was reading it in the same way I read My Brilliant Career, to which it has been compared. Aside from the setting in Australia, I found a resonance between the two books, which aside from the setting are both about intelligent women in a society which does not approve of that combination. Another thing that struck me was how the author's perspective on her mother shifts-in th [...]

    18. even if jill ker conway hadn't distinguished herself as the first female president of smith college,i would still highly recommend this book. this is a memoir of her first 25 years growing up in australia's bush country and eventually moving to sydney. it is startling to read about conditions and a lifestyle that seem more suited to the 1800s, rather than the mid 20th-century, and i definitely have a tinge of envy that as a seven-year-old, ker conway was helping her dad to herd sheep on horsebac [...]

    19. Actually wavering between 4 and a half and five stars, but I seriously love this book, especially the early sections. As a girl growing up in Australia, Jill found herself, as it were, in several "boxes". She was female, a subject of the British empire, and white - therefore a colonizer as well as a colonial. But who was she as a person, and what future could she shape for herself in a country and time so sexist that jobs for men and women were listed in separate columns of the newspaper? Her gr [...]

    20. I was assigned to read this book in 1998 as pre-reading material before college. At that time, I bought it, read part of it, and promptly put it down; I did not relate to the text and felt no need to continue. Over 10 years of traveling experience later, and especially with the recent trip to Australia, it finally meant quite a bit to read it cover-to-cover. It weaves through some beautiful geographical text about New South Wales, paired with the journey of a young feminist woman trying to balan [...]

    21. A biography of the early years in Australia of Jill Ker Conway, a smart young woman raised on a sheep farm in the desolate, unpopulated outback of Australia then educated at private school in Sydney and, later, at the University of Sydney. A careful observation of her family as they deal with the hardships of farming and the climate of Australia, and of the difficulties of a woman pursuing an education and a career in the middle of the 20th Century. Well and carefully written, interesting and di [...]

    22. Always intended to read more of Ker Conway but never have. Her accomplishments and path in life are clearly impressive. I was hooked instantly. Read this in my late twenties. I hadn't been aware of the Australian drought before this book. Descriptions of the hard and desolate landscape her childhood lived through still hover in my brain. An inspirstional memoir of resilience by a very bright woman.

    23. The author describes in wonderful detail her life as a child growing up on a station in the outback of Australia. The autobiography continues until she leaves Australia for Harvard University. It takes awhile to get into the first chapter, but before the end of that chapter I was hooked. This book made me decide that I am not at all educated. Kind of uncomfortable.

    24. An amazing memoir that I sailed through. While reading this I often wonder if I could have survived the harshness of such an environment and upbringing. I admire the tenacity of the author. One of my favorite memoirs.

    25. A most enjoyable autobiographical account of the author's life growing up in Australia. The first part vividly describes her early years growing up on a sheep ranch in the Australian outback with only her two older brothers, parents, and the occasional hired help as companions. From an early age Ms Conway learned the ways of sheep ranching. From the age of seven, with her brothers off to boarding school, working with her father on the ranch, she learned much of the trade, while her formal educat [...]

    26. I first read The Road from Coorain not long after it was published, liked it a lot then, and just finished rereading it. It's a first rate memoir of a girlhood in an isolated sheep station in western New South Wales in the 1930s, the loss of her father in an extended drought, the family's move to Sydney, her struggles as a "bush child" in the metropolis, the loss of her brother in a car wreck, her coming-of-age through education, and her mother's declining health. The book ends in 1960, as she i [...]

    27. How does a child from the Australian outback grow up to become president of a prestigious college in America? This is her story, a candid and realistic memoir of growing up on a sheep station in the middle of nowhere. The first part of the book is about her down-to-earth life in the bush. Later, when she moves to civilization, she ponders the larger world. What was the role of Australia within the British Empire? Was Great Britain a cruel colonial oppressor or a role model to be emulated? Was Au [...]

    28. This is Jill Conway’s autobiography covering her Australian youth to her age 25 in 1959 when she left for graduate school at Harvard (and ultimately a Ph.D. in history and following that a 10-year stint as President of Smith College). Growing up in the bush (outback) about 500 miles from Sydney on a sheep ranch she was an avid reader. What books she has read makes one’s own list an embarrassment. The first half of the book intertwines drought and economic despair as well as intellectual grow [...]

    29. This superb account of Conway's early life in Australia is a literary star. She immerses the reader fully in the outback with its tough weather and culture. A place requiring hardiness, Conway develops the same quality as a small child on horseback in the sheep acreages with her father. That it paid harshly on family life was no surprise. Many reviewers found this period the best material, more interesting than her difficulties as a woman in the university. Having had an academic career, I must [...]

    30. It's hard to believe I haven't read this excellent memoir before. It pretty much has legendary classic standing here in Australia, in so far as a book by and about a woman breaking the mould of expectations can. Certainly it has that standing amongst people who care about the place of women in this often very conservative society.The isolation of the struggling rural property on which Kerr Conway spent her childhood meant that she didn't experience the sort of chronic put downs that most intelli [...]

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