The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir by Judith Buckrich

Reviewed by
April 2017, no. 390
Suzy Freeman-Greene reviews 'The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir' by Judith Buckrich

The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir

by Judith Buckrich

Lauranton Books $30 pb, 420 pp, 9780994250728

The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir by Judith Buckrich

Reviewed by
April 2017, no. 390

It is rare to read a memoir as joyfully insouciant about sex as Judith Buckrich’s The Political Is Personal. She describes the delicious state of discovering it, at seventeen, as ‘a sex haze’. At nineteen, she has an intense, dark-eyed boyfriend but is also sleeping with Morry, whose chief merit is his staying power in bed. ‘Once, to prove the point, he read a book while fucking me,’ she writes. ‘Somehow we both found this hilarious.’ A year later, when she is engaged to Charles, her friend David climbs into bed with them, ‘wearing a new pair of red flannel pyjamas that left a red stain forever on our sheets.’

Marriage is a far less pleasurable activity. She weds Charles, a handsome American, in April 1970, in Melbourne. By October they have split up. Her second marriage in 1988, to a Hungarian social worker, has the air of a train wreck before the vows are exchanged. ‘As the date of our wedding drew closer,’ she confides, ‘I really wondered if I had lost my mind.’ It happens anyway and Buckrich falls pregnant. Later, she learns that while she was in hospital recovering from their daughter’s birth, her husband was sleeping with another woman.

Suzy Freeman-Greene reviews 'The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir' by Judith Buckrich

The Political is Personal: A 20th century memoir

by Judith Buckrich

Lauranton Books $30 pb, 420 pp, 9780994250728

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