The Resource Coda

Coda

Label
Coda
Title
Coda
Statement of responsibility
Thea Astley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Thea Astley's brilliant satire on old age shimmers with grief and irony. One of Australia's most important novelists, Thea Astley, is at her most wickedly funny and pertinent in Coda.Kathleen is facing old age alone. Between her selfish children - 'Brain' and his straying wife, and daughter Shamrock and Shamrock's hubby the 'Big Developer' - there is no longer a place for her. But Passing Downs Old People's Home is still not the place for a woman like Kathleen. She is not ready for that and they're not ready for her.'I've skipped the grandma years,' Kathleen said. 'The four ages of women: bimbo, breeder, baby-sitter, burden ... I've cut and run. Wasn't going to tell a soul but I've decided cutting and running is what it's all about.'Thea Astley is at her most wickedly funny and pertinent in Coda. This brilliant satire on old age shimmers with grief and irony.Praise for Coda: '[a] jewel of a book' - Jane Wheatley, HQ'It is spiky and restless... daring and engaging-and inimitably Astley.' - Helen Elliott, Canberra Times'Caustic, shrewd, witty, ironic, full of bright aplomb and jaunty ferocity ... [Astley] had constructed a tricky satire halfway between farce and tragedy, a delicately balanced fiction.' - The New York Times Book Review
Summary
With her husband gone and her memory failing, Kathleen faces old age alone, until her children's callousness and self-absorption force her to take dramatic steps to retain her beloved freedom
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
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013406
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Astley, Thea
Dewey number
823
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Coda
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d30bd6a7-b966-4a05-9708-090640302faa
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742699493
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Coda
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d30bd6a7-b966-4a05-9708-090640302faa
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9781742699493
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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