At age 11, Conway ( Women Reformers and American Culture ) left the arduous life on her family's sheep farm in the Australian outback for school in war-time Sydney, burdened by an emotionally dependent, recently widowed mother. A lively curiosity and penetrating intellect illuminate this unusually objective account of the author's progress from a solitary childhood--the most appealing part of the narrative--to public achievement as president of Smith College and now professor at MIT. Gifted with an ability to adapt to a wide range of cultures and people and despite ingrained Australian prejudice against intellectuals, Conway devoted herself to the study of history and literature, spurred on by excellent British-style schooling. Her further adventures could easily make a rewarding second volume.
This was a Bookmooch grab and .
This book didn't focus as much on Oz as I thought although the descriptions of the Outback area and their farm were very good. I was able to picture it very well.
Towards the end, when the author was in Sydney and in school, I thought it dragged a bit. But was still a decent read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Australian life.