The World Beneath (2020)

The World Beneath From the blurb Once Rich and sandy were environmental activists part of a world famous blockade in Tasmania to save the wilderness Now twenty five years later they have both settled into the uncom
  • Title: The World Beneath
  • Author: Cate Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9781921372964
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the blurb Once, Rich and sandy were environmental activists, part of a world famous blockade in Tasmania to save the wilderness Now, twenty five years later, they have both settled into the uncomfortable compromises of middle age although they ve gone about it in very different ways About the only thing they have in common is their fifteen year old daughter, Sop From the blurb Once, Rich and sandy were environmental activists, part of a world famous blockade in Tasmania to save the wilderness Now, twenty five years later, they have both settled into the uncomfortable compromises of middle age although they ve gone about it in very different ways About the only thing they have in common is their fifteen year old daughter, Sophie.When the perennially restless Rich decides to take Sophie, whom he hardly knows, on a trek into the Tasmanian wilderness, his overconfidence and her growing disillusion with him set off a chain of events that no one could have predicted Instead of respect, Rich finds antagonism in his relationship with Sophie and in the vast landscape he once felt an affinity for, he encounters nothing but disorientation and fear Ultimately all three characters will learn that if they are to survive, each must traverse not only the secret territories that lie between them but also those within themselves.
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    1. The World Beneath won the People s Choice Award for the NSW Premier s Literary Awards 2010 and I think she did a splendid job in exploring the life of a dysfunctional family Rich and Sandy went through a bitter separated almost 14 years ago, leaving her to raise their only daughter Sophie single handedly Rich has been virtually estranged from Sophie s life with only the occasional letter here and there It is only on Sophie s 15th birthday that Rich decides he would like to get to know his daught [...]

    2. I heard Cate Kennedy at the Adelaide Writers Festival this year and enjoyed her easy warmth So I bought this book I found the first 100 pages very frustrating Initially the three main characters are caricatures, and her satire is soft and lazy and as satisfying as shooting fish in a barrel Yes, we all know these characters, but not in such a two dimensional manifestation The humour is cheap I could almost hear the silver haired Adelaide Writers Festival matrons giggling at the supposedly witty i [...]

    3. As a seven year old my best friend and I made our own No Dams placards and marched around my bush suburb of Hobart we also took a handmade petition around saying simply Save the Wilderness The Franklin Dam is probably my earliest memory of politics apart from our pet budgie named Whitlam , so I was drawn to this novel in which the Dam protests feature as the zenith of two dysfunctional adult lives, much to the chagrin of their shared daughter, Sophie, who is a site of tension but also offers red [...]

    4. delicious schadenfreude of aging, divorced hippies simultaneously lamenting their lonely miserable lives and reverting to always telling the myths stories of their activist days, back when cept in this case, the 15 year old daughter is listening, very closely so sophie the teen both rejects and sneers at her single mom s nostalgia, jiggly fat arms, pitiful life, and hypocrisy and internalizes her mom s and her absent but longed for dad s ethos, love, hypocrisy, and partial activism of saving som [...]

    5. Initially I found this book difficult to get into, probably because the three main characters were so unappealing, However as the novel progressed and especially after the trek began I found it engaging and the characters believable The scenes in the goddess retreat were funny but sad as were the flashbacks to the Franklin River protests Towards the end of the novel the shifts between Rich and Sandy became too abrupt and the structure awkward The secondary story of Ian, the rescuer coping with [...]

    6. An emo goth daughter who is anorexic and who feels a begrudging pity for her mother for clinging to her past as a hippy protester who saved the Franklina neglectful deserter father who rings for birthdays and xmasteenage blogs far.l pretty much suburban lifed then the father and daughter go to Tassie for a bonding bushwalk and we see the shift in thingsA great little reada coming of age story.d maybe the adolescent market would like itThere is quite a bit of the social commentary in itdern subse [...]

    7. This is a coming of age story with a difference Sophie is a teenager who feels grown up than her single mother, Sandy, an aging hippie who seems stuck in a time warp When her father Rich, reappears on the scene and proposes taking Sophie on a trek in the Tasmanian wilderness, she jumps at the chance But in his way Rich too has not grown up, remaining a drifter who continues to avoid responsibility Cate Kennedy tells a good story with lovely comic touches I found the early parts of the novel int [...]

    8. The book that this book most reminded me of was Scott Smith s The Ruins But where The Ruins took somewhat interesting and sympathetic characters and built amazing tension, The World Beneath took characters I hated and moved ever so slowly toward a somewhat interesting finale It s the story of an estranged father who comes back into his 15 year old daughter s life to take her on a bushwalk in Tasmania The father is a weak willed jerk The mother is a caricature The daughter is ok But spending 341 [...]

    9. i got about 120 pgs in and just could not make myself read any further didn t care for the main characters except for the daughter Sophie her parents met at a demonstration to stop a dam on some river in tasmania from being built parents keep reminiscing about this time and i couldn t bring myself to care.

    10. Three and a half stars for The World Beneath, read for book club A familiar tale, with a very Australian setting, I struggled to warm to the characters and the journey felt a little worn At times I felt the writing was too obvious, unsubtle, but I was eventually drawn in and even shed a tear before it was over.

    11. A really excellent book with fine characterisation Sophie is so recognisable as a 15 year old girl The portrayal of the Overland Track and the Labyrinth was spot on accurate too, as was the sense of fear when they were lost.

    12. My review of this one is mixed I d give it one star for the first 3 4 and five stars for the last fourth of the book It s the story of a teenage girl, her overbearing mother, and her estranged father All three characters start out fairly unlikable but the mom and daughter evolve throughout the novel into sympathetic characters The dad, not so much, despite a final redeeming act of selflessness It took me a really long time to get into this book I only stuck with it because it came recommended by [...]

    13. I m relieved to be done reading this contemporary Despite its relatively short length, shaving off 100 pages might help The minimal, drowning plot drags, discussing a dysfunctional family, with archetypal characters to boot I suppose the backdrop of Tasmania adds some character Despite a shifting narrative of three viewpoints, I never sympathized with anyone Teenager Sophie and estranged parents Sandy and Rich learn to deal with one another, the battle between carpe diem and nostalgia, and their [...]

    14. This book got better and better I was a bit put off by the cliched parent caricatures at the start but I developed a bit empathy for them, and they became a bit believable, as the book went on The ending was a bit hurried and unsatisfying but overall I really enjoyed it, particularly the feisty fifteen year old perspective, and the overland track adventure.

    15. It s beginning to feel like I m inclined to give everything four stars But, although this book absolutely falls in my typical realm of book written by a female, about females and generally one who s in her somewhat formative years , it differs on the extreme from the genre I ve been hitting up lately Victorian mysteries Because of the difference in genre alone and the fact that, while a mystery is certainly not easier to write, I do consider it to at least have some plot propelling twists to kee [...]

    16. Brilliant novel at many levels When my wife recommended this book, I was sure I wouldn t enjoy it Another young girl reunited with dad, hike through Tassie wilderness saga From the beginning Cate has you engrossed in the characters, fascinated by the unspoken social comment about hippies who haven t grown up or moved on The author has you cheering them on, wanting them to grow and sort themselves out and finally, yes, there are changes for the better, but you need to read it to find out Great bo [...]

    17. Australian novelists rock A certain grittiness combined with tenderness and an honest look at the helplessly dysfunctional nature of the human heart show up in authors from down under such as Tim Winton, Evie Wyld and others I have read Cate Kennedy is firmly in that class with her first novel.The story in The World Beneath revolves around a fractured family, an out of date subculture and an extinct Tasmanian species Rich and Sandy, two idealistic young people, fell in love during the 1980s as t [...]

    18. On the surface, this is a novel about an estranged couple and their teenage daughter It has all the chick lit drama you would expect sullen oppositional teen, mother as victim, deadbeat dad As the title implies, there is a lot going on under the surface Kennedy briefly takes the point of view of each character, exposing their hopes and dreams and disappointments, exploring all the ways people in the same family can remain strangers to one another I really don t want to summarize the story, so I [...]

    19. The World Beneath, by Kate Kennedy, Narrated by Julie Nihill, Produced by Bolinda Audio, Downloaded from audible.Rich and Sandy were an active environmentalist couple 25 years ago, participating in a protest which helped to save some of the Tasmanian wilderness Rich was always wanting to travel, while Sandy wanted to set down roots and become involved in the organic foods and meditation groups They were married for ten years and had a daughter, Sophie But Rich couldn t stay put When Sophie was o [...]

    20. Sophie is your usual self conflicted teenager, going through her gaunt emo stage that all kids of her age go through Add to this a hippy mum who has struggled with her own mum to have a fulfilling mother daughter relationship and Sophie s mums only claim to fame is having been present at the Franklin Dam blockade many decades ago.Along comes Sophie s photographer hippy dad who has been absent for a decade with the exception of a few postcards here and there along the way He too recites his time [...]

    21. I read this as an audio book I have an hour round trip to work each day, so this is how I get reading in my last audio book being The Monsters of Templeton , so I enjoyed the switch to my own Australian accent and landscape.I find with audio books you get a very different impressions of characters I didn t particularly like the character of Sandra, but not being able to skip along like I can with the written text I found myself sympathising a little, and being able to imagine at least a dozen w [...]

    22. Thank goodness for Sophie She is 15 years, part Goth and probably suffering from anorexia Her mother tries to find happiness and health from various new age treatments and meditation she is almost a comical character Sophie s father, gone for 10 years, wants to reunite himself with Sophie and takes her on a week s hike to Cradle Mountain He is a photographer, film editor and sleaze bag.Sophie s observations and biting language are the highlights of this book which makes Wild From Lost to Found o [...]

    23. It was ok I enjoyed reading about a part of the world that I know little about Tasmania and found the descriptions mostly lovely The parents of the story irritated me they were rather stereotypical Feckless father, vague hippy mum Hippy s aren t always useless and ineffective Whilst the daughter s character was stereotypical I did warm to her most although felt she fell out of character in the last 1 8 of the book when she and her dad were lost I felt she had been so strong throughout the rest o [...]

    24. An unlikable former environmental activist lets her 15 year old daughter go on a trek in Australia with her father, another former environmental activist, whom she hasn t seen in years The mother is still angry and hateful toward her ex, the father believes it is all the wife s fault that he hasn t seen his daughter in years, and the daughter wonders why he abandoned them It would have been a better book if the people weren t all so unlikable The daughter is a typical rude teenager who lives wit [...]

    25. Nothing tedious than middle class dysfunction Sing it sister.Australian author Cate Kennedy has written a good little study on family dysfunction with an anorexic punk rocker teenager coming of age with hippie parents who are estranged from each other Actually every body is estranged in this book and just trying to hold onto their little lives by the skin of their fingers Because this is an Aussie book there are lots of mates , Australia and Tasmanian geographical references and the the obligat [...]

    26. Some, No most of the characters of this book are unlikeable Generally I can not read books that have unappealing characters, but the daughter Sophie saved the story, and made it necessary for me to finish Someone else mentioned in their review that they wanted to at times smack each and every character Have to agree with that The mother and the father were pathetic and it was almost painful to read some of their point of view narrative The description of the scenery was overdone and got kind of [...]

    27. Is this a book for adults or teens Yes, both The interaction between the 2 adults in her life teenage daughter felt very real There wasn t much hiding except from themselves the reinvention of memories on the part of all three family members A very honest portrayal of character, which is what I thought made the books so enjoyable The scenery descriptions were great this book got me interested in seeing Tasmania I have seen two movies since finishing the book The Hunter and Last Paradise The movi [...]

    28. I found the parents a bit irritating and somewhat irresponsible, but I thought they were well characterised The daughter I found totally believable, like a lot of 15 yr olds a bit mouthy, and a bit rebellious, although she was finding it hard to find something to rebel against with an ageing laissez faire hippy mother I thought she was actually the most adult person in the relationships with her mother and father I liked the description of the wilderness, although a bit long in spots I found the [...]

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