The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye My Mother Is Dead,my Father Killed HerAnd So Begins An Extraordinary Memoir By Outstanding New Talent PJ ParkerSpanning Three Generations, The Long Goodbye Takes Us Deep Into The Lives Of An Australian Family As They Survive Record Breaking Floods, Outlast Epic Droughts And Face The Unforgiving Realities Of Life On The LandThis Remarkable True Story Of Grit And Resilience Depicts A Family At Their Zenith, Set Against The Spectacular Backdrop Of Rural Queensland Where Life And Death Are Never Far ApartBut Not Even The Harshness Of The Australian Landscape Can Prepare Them For What Is To ComeWritten With Astounding Lyricism, Warmth And Humour, The Long Goodbye Is A Deeply Moving Memoir About The Unbreakable Bonds Of Marriage, Love And Family And It Poses The Most Heartbreaking Moral Dilemma Of All When A Loved One Is Suffering, Is Euthanasia The Answer

Pamela J Parker was born and raised in the once famous gold mining town of Charters Towers in rural Queensland, Australia She was educated locally before attending James Cook University in Townsville and later Queensland University in Cairns where she studied to become a teacher Pamela has taught at schools throughout Northern Queensland, but now devotes her time to writing and raising cattle a

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Long Goodbye
  • P.J. Parker
  • English
  • 06 May 2019

10 thoughts on “The Long Goodbye

  1. says:

    Many memoirs are written then this happened then that happened and they follow a sequential thread Not so in this unusually written tribute to the author s parents, grandparents and the need to be allowed to die with dignity The first half of the book traces the lives of the Chapmans and Bagnalls eking out a life in Charters Towers There are both the sad and the happy stories of hard working people on land not friendly to the invasion of farmers.The second half of the book moves into the period where 92 year old Fred Bagnall and his wife of 60 years Olive Olive is the much younger wife with a ten year age gap but she has dementia and needs care So starts the journey through the residential care levels as her condition deteriorates Fred has his marbles sticks with his wife and is a passionate letter writing trying to gain support for legal euthanasia.Throughout the book I could feel the frustration, regrets and the anger of hindsight in the words Scenes come and go, timelines are mixed, news clippings added, emotions are high If this writing style was used in a novel it would be lauded for it s originality.This is an unusual memoir that resonants with lives lived well but who do not end their lives with dignity.

  2. says:

    Thank you to The Reading Room and the publisher Hardie Grant Books Australia for an Advanced Reader Copy to read and review.This is a memoir of Pamela J Parker who has lived and still lives Australia, both Queensland and New South Wales and is a most incredible story I m not sure if non Australian readers will follow or understand the local lingo but I found it refreshingly down to earth and a gutsy portrayal of the three generation of Pamela s family and herself The thematic approach rather than chronological was at times a little confusing but became easier to follow as you read on I loved the portrayal of outback Queensland and the trial and tribulations of girls growing up and women coping in that time and environment The issue of euthanasia is both the starting point and the end point A lot of thought provoking comments and reflections There were times, particularly later on in the book, that it almost turned to poetical and lyrical in the exploration of Pamela s feelings and understanding of her mother s dementia and her father s attitudes as well perceptions.Not an easy issue to explore but Pamela J Parker s portrayal of many of the life experiences of herself and her family are openly shared along with an array of mixed emotions I was also left with a mixed array of emotions.

  3. says:

    an extra 1 2 star for the evocative place and times, descriptions Minus 1 2 star for the irritating current habit of jumping back and forward from generation to year and back to current. SOOO annoying Is this a new editorial gambit.Also I am not sure its fair to say My mother is dead, my father killed her , on the back cover, then purport to publish the book to support euthanasia It feels like IMHO a nod to her mother s only way of beating her father, by a thumb gesture and saying Up your bum Due to the mixed storylines it is hard to keep track of who is who or maybe it s just me , but overall, loved having a book written about my nearest town Charters Towers, Qld, 205 klms away.This accusation will be very hurtful to friends and neighbours of a very well respected local historian, Even a park is named after him Fred Bagnall.

  4. says:

    Such an amazing book The way is shifts between times so smoothly is beyond me But it is a must read people.

  5. says:

    I was a little confused at first as the book tells the story of three generations simultaneously Once I settled into it though, I could see myself in some of her tales of an Aussie childhood These are told with warmth and humour But as the characters aged, I found the this book gut wrenching Anyone who is dealing with ageing parents will relate to her struggles to do the right thing by both her parents as they all struggle with their changing relationship This book will make you laugh and make you cry I didn t realise at first I was reading a memoir, when I did it made the recollections even powerful Maybe I just read this at the most appropriate time, but I challenge anyone to read it and remain unaffected.

  6. says:

    The whole gambit of human emotions Inspiring, tragic and very funny.They re Aussie battlers of the sterling kind Strong women, laconic men, real kids, bound together in a dynasty shaped by the matriarch and the cattle station and Very recognisable to anyone from a multigenerational farming family Their good humoured resilience to droughts, distances, accidents, deaths, even a devastating flood is undeterred until it becomes undermined by parental old age and its emotional trauma A story of love, loyalty, family bonds and despair Highly recommended.

  7. says:

    Deeply moving portrayal of a beautiful mother, the family around her a few of them dozy gits according to Granny and a tragic demise Had me in tears at times Outback Queensland small town life in living colour Flashes of brilliant writing and a few ordinary bits where the author is trying too hard to be literary or is intruding into the flow of the story to teach us something I did get a bit annoyed with the chronology jumping all over the place.

  8. says:

    What a page turner this book was for me I found it difficult to put down Being in my late 70 s with a rural background and parents already gone, everything resonated Enjoyed the unique writing style, the honesty, humour and lightness Also the tenderness A courageous, brilliant work More please.

  9. says:

    It was a great read, hard to put down Very thought provoking and wonderfully written This book transported me back a couple of generations to life in outback Australia depicting clearly and with humour the attitudes and culture of the era The theme and questions around ageing and euthanasia are also very relevant at the current time Loved it

  10. says:

    This was a really good portrait of a family across the generations living in outback Queensland, then the focussed sadness involving her mother s descent into dementia, and her Father s attempts to wrestle with the system for legal euthanasia The end seemed a bit rushed, perhaps because it was infused with personal emotion.

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