- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
But it was wonderfully, intriguingly odd. I might not be entirely satisfied with the ending, but that might be because I want to hear more of what happens next. However, I suspect it also finishes at the right point.
Also: I’d love to see a TV adaption of this - perhaps an episode per chapter.
Moderate: Confinement, Kidnapping, Toxic relationship, and Emotional abuse
Minor: Sexual assault and Death
I suspect it'll be something I need to reread regularly - as a prompt for further thinking, but also to help ground myself.
Graphic: Child abuse and Grief
Moderate: Child death and Sexual content
- I really do enjoy the long-form essay approach of Quarterly Essays, and have been neglecting reading them, even though I have a subscription. I'm glad I've halted that neglect for at least a moment.
- One aspect of this essay is rumination on how Australia and the world has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic - which, look, we don't lack for, but it's thoughtful and thought-provoking.
- The other aspect is an analysis of Scott Morrison as both a Prime Minister and a person. I do not agree with a lot of his politics, and that remains the case, but I guess I'm open to the fact that he's at least somewhat trying to lead well.
- And with all the politics and character analysis, it had me thinking: if I was in power, what would I do differently? How would I manage people's expectations and hope? How would I structure policy, seek consensus, communicate and bring people together? I still entertain a faint idea of going into politics, and part of me would love to take all these thoughts and turn them into something practical. I remain impatient with the system though, which is a big part of why I've not walked down this path yet.
All in all, I found this essay a great overview of the past ten months of Australia - both politically and broadly.