On our selection

[Epub] On our selection By Steele Rudd – Johndore.co.uk
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  • 02 November 2018

About the Author: Steele Rudd

Rudd was born Arthur Hoey Davis at Drayton, Queensland, and left school early, working on nearby stations before joining the public service in Brisbane He married Violet Brodie in 1894 and they had four children The Bulletin published his first sketch of life as a selector in 1895 More stories followed, and their popularity led the Bulletin to publish the collections On Our Selection 1899 and


On our selectionThis Afternoon, As Dad Approached His Dumb Patient, He Suddenly Put Down The Bucket Of Water Which He Was Carrying And Ran, Shouting Angrily A Flock Of Crows Flew Away From Farmer And Cawed From A Tree Close By Dad Was Excited, And When He Saw That One Of The Animal S Eyes Was Gone And A Stream Of Blood Trickled Over Its Nose He Sat Down And Hid His Face In His Big Rough Hands

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10 thoughts on “On our selection

  1. Sylvester says:

    Took me a while to get the humour Okay, maybe I still don t get it Dry Like, how bad can things get, and what craziness will happen on top of that But even for someone who didn t get it there were laugh out loud moments The nutso guy, the way they reacted to the lady teacher s wardrobe, but wow was I taken aback by how they treated their animals Yeah That bothered me Was it supposed to I didn t understand.

  2. Andrew says:

    This classic of Australian humour is a bit of a problem for modern readers on quite a few bases If one was to adopt the nuanced and culturally complex approaches taken by current literary criticism On Our Selection is rather unsatisfactory It certainly represents a paternalistic, white Anglo Saxon narrative where women and significantly Aboriginal Australians are pushed to the margins The inordinate amount of cruelty to animals displayed by the leading characters can be very hard to stomach, and the naive colonialist approach taken by Rudd when depicting the land must surely be an issue for cosmopolitan critics of today If it wasn t for the obvious political and economic disadvantage held by Dad, Dave and the rest of the family, I would imagine On Our Selection would infuriate many who would read it through early 21st century glasses.For me I had some issues along these lines, with the animal cruelty the most objectionable aspect of the book However I can understand and appreciate its then contemporary cultural context and would frame it thus It is not so much a collection of stories that will bring new insight into the Australian condition or Australian humour No instead it is like an oil lamp illuminating our past, describing in its fictional setting the sheer bloody hard work that was an historical truth of the 19th century for men and women on the land It also harkens back to some of the most traditional tropes of literature the beauty and terror of the rustic world and the at times comedic simplicity of those working in it.For all the talk about how comedy On Our Selection is I would suggest that much of the laconic, black humour that is written into Rudd s work is either not so funny according to today s sensibilities, or are just overstated Yes, there are some scenes, some wry descriptions or passages of conversation between the characters where one will giggle or smile However when compared to work produced by others Australian writers at the time such as Lawson and CJ Dennis Rudd isn t as laugh out loud as we ve been told to expect over the years.It may also be observed that because this book has such an important part in the received canon of classic Australian books, what it signifies thereof is arguably important than what is between the covers It is undoubtedly important in projecting a nascent Australian voice at a time when the colonial settlers of this country were articulating our differences from the rest of the world Therefore one major reason why one should read this book is to come to grips with the emerging maturity of the Australian identity in the golden era of the 1890s 1910s, before WW1 and our nation s military achievements took control of this narrative.Regarding the stylistic aspects of this book, it is written in a prose which is mostly clear to read and simple in its naturalism There are times when Rudd s accounting of his characters speech are a little confusing due to punctuation or archaisms, but most people should readily surmount these hurdles It is blatantly obvious that Dad is the key character and he is mostly an engaging one, without too much complexity in his depiction Dave, Joe and other male personae often serve as either the fulcrum or support for a comedic scene where Dad is the real agent of humour, whereas the women including Mum, Kate and Sally are presented in their peripheral depictions as figures of stability, anchoring their menfolk to sober realities.It must also be said that Rudd does an excellent job of bringing the bush alive, without either presenting it as a barren, sullen world of terror and disaster nor as some pale shadow of a European Eden This is unforgiving country with beauties and hardships sometimes it repels its inhabitants, other times it is good If there is one thing that will always identify an Australian author as one who is worth reading it is how they interpret and present their environment Rudd does this no worries.In summary, would I recommend On Our Selection Yes I would, but not to everyone and especially not to anyone who may find animal cruelty far too offensive, and seek pale, male and stale issues with any book they read Yes, Steele Rudd has written a classic Australian book, and if you are to delve into its pages be cognisant of its limitations as well as its historical and cultural legacy.

  3. Sammy says:

    Exceptional writing from the 1890s, an insight into life in the 19th century Australian bush that is uproarious and touching Rudd s sense of humour is very outback , and not something that I think many of my generation appreciate I count myself among that number sometimes But I m lucky to have the bush in my blood enough to enjoy this I ultimately prefer Henry Lawson s Joe Wilson stories because of the added layer of tasty despair that he incorporates But Rudd was writing in the tradition of rural comedy that has persisted for centuries The tough frontier life, and even just life for those doing it tough in the very real working class of the time parts of Australia didn t have indoor plumbing until well into the 1970s , was made bearable by that sense of humour, taking the worst of life with a sense of humility and endurance Beyond the humour, this is an insight into a lifestyle that has all but vanished in our century.

  4. Charise says:

    Brilliant Real life hardships mixed with classic Australian humour.

  5. Aafke van Pelt says:

    This was mandatory, but JESUS

  6. Jane says:

    Reading the country humor of another country is a stitch and a bit of a challenge with the different vocabulary and background knowledge and quirks of farming and weather conditions and animals this is Australian and ButI visited the cafe pub where Rudd began writing these vignettes and with that prodding, am very much enjoying them another volume to go

  7. Bridget Wijnberg says:

    a real classic wonderful dry humour.

  8. Adele says:

    I had been meaning to read this classic for a while.