In Pursuit of a Dream A Time in Australia

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-23
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Press
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This appealing personal history combines autobiography with a picture of the international situation in the middle of the twentieth century. After some time spent visiting friends and family in war-torn France and Belgium, the author and her parents obtained passes to join her brother in Australia on a journey which was to change her life completely. Through her eyes we experience the sea voyage and Sydney life in the 1940s and gain an original perspective on Australia during this period. Her vivid descriptions clearly convey the impact of post-war migration, and the story of her subsequent return to Europe and later marriage to the Australian scientist, Henry Harris, make this a most attractive and authentic cultural history.

Author Biography

Alexandra Fanny Brodsky is a linguist with a particular interest in the European literature, history and art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. She is the author of Smoke Signals and A Fragile Identity: Survival in Nazi-Occupied Belgium, both published by the Radcliffe Press. She is married to a biologist and has three children.

Table of Contents

Illustrations vi
Acronyms and Abbreviations vii
Chapter 1. A Civilian Setting 1
Chapter 2. The Brussels Scene 11
Chapter 3. Plans and Activities 16
Chapter 4. First Time to France 23
Chapter 5. New Friends 37
Chapter 6. A Brush with Trouble 43
Chapter 7. Beginning of a Gloomy Winter 47
Chapter 8. A Fateful Decision 52
Chapter 9. Adventurous Weeks 63
Chapter 10. Settling into Different Traditions 79
Chapter 11. The Search for Other Avenues 86
Chapter 12. The Social Sphere 90
Chapter 13. Change of Face 95
Chapter 14. Strange Complications 103
Chapter 15. A Sad Outcome 112
Chapter 16. The Prophecy in Bibka's Gift 117
Chapter 17. A Hectic Pace of Life 125
Chapter 18. A Concatenation of Events 136
Chapter 19. The Tangled Web of Conscience and Emotion 145
Chapter 20. Respite after Turmoil 151
Chapter 21. Old Friends, Old Haunts 160
Chapter 22. Formalities and Raised Hopes 173
Chapter 23. New Difficulties 179
Chapter 24. A Curious Development 188
Chapter 25. Vacillations 194
Chapter 26. Anxious Days 204
Chapter 27. The Journey Back 211
Chapter 28. The Serious Step 224
Chapter 29. First Days Together 228
Chapter 30. Prelude to Departure 258
Bibliography 267
Index 269

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