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Bitter Fruit

Ruth Park's trilogy of want and human spirit
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July-August 2009, no. 313

Bitter Fruit

Ruth Park's trilogy of want and human spirit
by
July-August 2009, no. 313

The reissue in one volume of three of Ruth Park’s much-loved novels The Harp in the South (1948), its sequel Poor Man’s Orange (1949), and the prequel Missus (1985) is welcome. The trilogy completes the family saga, taking the Darcy family from its emigrant beginnings in the dusty little outback towns where Hughie and Margaret meet and marry, to their life in the urban jungle of Surry Hills, then for-ward to the 1950s when the next generation prepares to leave the slums for the imagined freedom of the bush. These are Australian classics, but classics of the vernacular, of the ordinary people. They should never be allowed to disappear from public consciousness.

'Bitter Fruit: Ruth Park's trilogy of want and human spirit' by Shirley Walker

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