Life in Ten Houses Penguin Specials by Sonya Hartnett

By Sonya Hartnett

What does a home and a house suggest to a author? Acclaimed writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian yet has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her look for the 'Last condominium' that specified nook of the area within which to settle and locate contentment. Viewing her existence and paintings throughout the lens of genuine property, she vividly remembers the locations she has gone through on her technique to discovering domestic. increasing on her 2010 Redmond Barry lecture, this brief memoir is a fantastically atmospheric exploration of the belief of domestic and what it potential to be a author in a urban of Literature.

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It took a long time before I could pull myself together; I felt the tears rushing to my eyes. I did not want to cry; I knew how unhappy it made him to see me crying. For Lu this had been an unusually quick decision. Lu was usually so slow in deciding important matters that I once jokingly called him Fabius Cunctator. In taking leave of absence from the Chamber of Commerce, the university—and of me—he found the courage to tell me about it only after he had decided. But I believed and trusted him, as I always did.

These performances were really great. Whenever we were in the theater or in the opera and the curtain went up, Lu at once became so concentrated, so absorbed, there was an immediate communication between him and the stage. When he put his glasses on his nose, nothing existed but the stage. I would say he even forgot about me. He must have been the ideal "dream" public for all actors and singers. This tremendous power of concentration, which he also showed while reading or writing, was for me an explanation not only of his remarkable memory, but also his health.

Suddenly he reached over the table, took my hand and said, so softly I could hardly hear him: "I cannot go on further. I cannot live without you, darling. " At first I thought I was dreaming. I had waited so long for this moment. Now it had come; I could not believe it. I remember that in the other corner of the restaurant sat a couple, longtime friends of mine, who knew about Lu and me. I felt like rushing over to them shouting what had happened. I felt like a child who longs for Christmas and finally sees the tree lighted.

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