Reckoning: A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.
In this extraordinary memoir, Magda Szubanski describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family.
With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.
Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its listeners.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 23 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 September 2015|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 906 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
83 in Memoirs (Books)
105 in Biographies & Memoirs (Audible Books & Originals)
193 in Humour & Entertainment (Books)
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I'm of similar age to Magda and also grew up in Melbourne, so the locales, cultural references and also skinheads, certainly brought back memories and also gave great insight to where some of her very funny characters must have come from. (Remember Michelle and Ferret?)
This is a great insight into a very funny but tremendously articulate and sensitive person. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!!
Central to this theme is the love and misunderstanding between a father and a daughter. Her father, indeed, casts a giant shadow over her life.
A good man carrying the burden of memory as a Polish freedom fighter - doing back to the Nazis what they did in spades to everyone else.
The first act, focusing on her childhood, can be at times a little slow and overdone - but the pay off is a great third act, her adulthood a blur of activities, themes and emotion whacking hard at you. That said, a warning for those looking for detailed insight into the comedic, professional life history it's not there! This is not a sensationalist biography, but rather an exploration of the complex emotional, cultural and political landscape that Magda inhabited.
Just as I thought the book had ended (kindle edition) another chapter revealed itself. Quality and quantity! I bought this and Richard Glover's Flesh Wounds (anther much loved Australian radio personality/writerand read them very quickly one after the other. It was soul fulfilling to do so. People have difficulties and survive. A lovely study into the human condition.