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The Getting of Wisdom [Kindle Edition]

Henry Handel Richardson
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082R3D2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Australian autobiographical school novel December 3, 2012
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The Getting of Wisdom - novel
Henry Handel Richardson is the pen-name for one of Australia's greatest novelists.
Despite the name HHR was a she, not a he.
This autobiographical novel describes what happened to HHR when she moved from a small remote country town in Australia, to Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria in Australia, and completed her Secondary schooling in an exclusive all-girls grammar school, in the 1890s (a troubled time in Victoria, when Melbourne was reaping the benefits of the 1850s-60s Gold Rush, but experiencing a severe economic slump after real estate property values collapsed).

Presenting a version of herself under the name "Laura Tweedle Ramsbotham" (the "Tweedle" is never explained, and the "Ramsbotham" is pronounced to emphasise the "th" and avoid any "bottom" ideas), HHR describes her childhood in the bush, supported by her mother, who earns what money she can by selling her embroidery.
Arriving at the school, amongst wealthy students and snobbish teachers, Laura is a duck out of water.

As a teenager, Laura is precocious, rather like Louisa May Alcott's self-portrait as Jo Marsh, given to over-wrought literary efforts and dramatic performances, very widely read, insensitive, conceited, proud, ...
In short, Laura is intellectually brilliant, musically talented, and a pain in the neck.

Understandably she struggles to make friends at the school. Initially she is ridiculed by her schoolmates for her outlandish country clothes, and manner, and general ignorance of wealthy, class-conscious society.

Much of the narrative is also permeated by Laura's own agonising over religious ideas, morality, and scruples, and the school's high moral (priggish) tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A School Story with a difference. September 5, 2013
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Laura is a feisty, sharp-tongued twelve-year-old, who is being sent off to school by her widowed mother who is paying the fees by doing home-sewing. She is the eldest child, ,and her sister Pin and her brothers wave her off...
If you were wanting to read a school-story where the pupils `play up, and play the game`, this is not the book for you. From the headmistress to all Laura`s classmates, the emphasis is on character-analysis and relationships, as it is with Laura`s family.
For the school, the education and sporting activities are not much stressed...Laura`s quick mind and musical abilities are not highly valued and she feels keenly her comparative poverty.
Laura grows up at the school, and her changes in perception and sometimes ill-conceived efforts to fit in and be like the others, I felt, was truly observed by the writer.
The last view of Laura running for the joy of it made me pleased that the school did not stamp her with conventionality.
The Getting of Wisdom? The Getting of Dissemblement, The Dismissive Giggle and The Polite Lie would seem to me to be the Getting, at that school.
A good, well-written book - and for its time, probably an accurate depiction of the culture of women.
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It's not a book on how to grow in Wisdom. It's a fictional story where I didn't see anyone grow in Wisdom. It seems only the little brother had it and should of done the story about him. Didn't read the whole book, because the characters weren't too pleasant to follow.
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