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Transcript of Geraldine Brooks
Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2006 she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.
Brooks married author Tony Horwitz in Tourette-sur-Loup, France, in 1984. They have two sons– Nathaniel and Bizuayehu–a dog named Milo and a horse named Butter. They live by an old mill pond on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her most recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best seller. Other novels, Year of Wonders and People of the Book, are international bestsellers, translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.
" And now, a year has passed since i undertook to go to war, and i wake every day, sweating, in the solitude of the seed store at Oak Landing, to a condition of uncertainty. More than months, more than miles, now stand between me and that passionate orator perched on his tree-stump puplit. One day, I hope to go back. To my wife, to my girls, but also to the man of moral certainty that i was that day: that innocent man, who knew with such clear confidence exactly what it was that he was meant to do."
" They say the Lord's Day is a day of rest, but those who preach this generally are not women."
" She was like a butterfly, full of color and vibrancy when she chose to open her wings, yet hardly visible when she closed them."
- Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine uses a lot of her experiences when she was a reporter for conflicts all around the world, to portray some of her writings about.
She also shows stories from a woman's perspective.
SOME THEMES OF MARCH
The role of women- Women still aren't treated fair yet
Obligation to morals and beliefs vs. obligation to family- Choosing what is right and wrong
Stress of war on a family- missing family, wondering about loved ones
Self-discovery - Learning what you can endure before you breakdow
The book's primary theme, with its two central characters (Bethia and Caleb) each struggling to define an independent sense of who they are, what they believe, what they want to accomplish, and how they want to accomplish it, all in the face of substantial personal and societal obstacles. For Bethia, those obstacles primarily have to do with the fact that she is female