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Book Title: Leaning Towards Infinity|
The author of the book: Sue Woolfe
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Edition: The Women's Press Ltd
Date of issue: 1998
ISBN 13: 9780704345829
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I have had this book for a long time, and tried to read it on a number of occasions. However I could never get into it. This time around, I thought now is the right time to read this book. And it was great. Mathematics played a big role in it; it seemed to take the place of affection and emotional flow between the mother and daughter, both sets (you didn't need to understand high-level maths to get the analogy here). What was great was when Frances took the opportunity to not make the same mistake with Hypatia, that Juanita made with her. We don't often get to choose our relationships, or their parameters, they are organic and have a life of their own. I believe that's what Frances came to understand when she realised that it was Matti who was chosen, yet she was the child that Juanita could've shared her gift with, if she opened her heart and her eyes.
Frances striving to be like her mother was a sad journey, and at times dangerous for Frances herself. It was heartbreaking watching Frances soak up her mother's maths, without her mother even realising it was happening.
I think the old woman, Joanna became like a surrogate mother for Frances and this was the event that opened Frances' eyes to her relationship with her own daughter. It was also funny, after hearing from Frances how beautiful Juanita was, only to hear others reply "she was?".
And I loved the title of the book, "Leaning Towards Infinity". It's like it could've been "Leaning Towards Immortality", if the characters hadn't been interested in maths. The patterns of our lives, their intersections and their trajectory, don't really have a clear identifiable beginning or end.
If, like me, you bought this book years ago, could never get into it, and still have it sitting in your bookshelf, pick it up, start reading and don't stop, it's very, very good, even after all this time.
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Read information about the authorSue Woolfe has worked as a teacher, scriptwriter, TV subtitle editor, documentary maker and cook. She is the author of the bestselling novel about mathematics and motherhood, Leaning Towards Infinity, published in five countries and won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in 1996 and was shortlisted for many other prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize and the prestigious US TipTree Prize. She re-wrote it for the stage, and it’s been workshopped in New York and produced at the Ensemble, Sydney. It’s currently optioned to an American film producer.
Sue Woolfe’s other works include the novel Painted Woman, published in Australia in 1989 and in translation in France in 2008 (also produced twice as a stage play) and co-authored with Kate Grenville Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written.
After attaining her BA, Sue taught at high schools and TAFE, and then became a journalist for Choice Magazine. Following huge sales of her best-selling textbook, Language and Literature, she bought 16mm film equipment and set up her own editing suite and wrote/produced or directed 44 short documentary films, many specially commissioned, and all of which sold to commercial TV channels or to SBS. Now, at Sydney University, she teaches fiction writing for post-graduates by a revolutionary method she calls “dangerous writing”, and has designed and coordinates a course to highlight the work of those film underdogs, the screenwriters. In this course, local screenwriting celebrities talk about the triumphs and tribulations of the craft.
Sue lives in Sydney with her partner and daughter.
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