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The author, Melina Marchetta applies a variety of familiar and stereotypical events in the book....

Looking For Alibrandi – Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Award

Marchetta, M. Looking for Alibrandi. Penguin Australia, 1992.

Looking For Alibrandi film script produced by Robyn Kershaw directed Kate Woods
This interview was one of the first with Marchetta after the publication of her first novel. Looking for Alibrandi quickly became something of a phenomena. The book became a cross-over success, and was listed as a senior high school English text. Some years later, the book was made into a popular feature film, with an award-winning script by Marchetta herself.

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When I first read Melina Marchetta’s much-loved book, Looking for Alibrandi, I was around the same age as Josephine Alibrandi. It was the first Australian book I discovered that did not ‘try hard’ to depict youth, class or ethnicity. When you are a young adult, you innately have what Hemingway considers crucial for every serious writer: a built-in bovine-excrement detector, to put it euphemistically. You know how to recognise an earnest voice, and sift it from disingenuous voices that might be more technically sophisticated.

 

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Looking for Alibrandi is kinda of an institution here in Australia - a lot of people actually have to read it for school! I first read it when I was about 14, before any of Marchetta's other works came out, and I was completely obsessed. I'm also a big fan of the movie. I reread Alibrandi at least once a year. I've only read the rest of Marchetta's contemporary work recently and of course I adore it all. I just have to read the fantasy now. She's one of my favourite authors.


But in Looking for Alibrandi, we found a heroine who lived in the suburbs with her single mother and her meddling grandmother, who went to school, obsessed about boys and worked at McDonalds. Finally, this was the voice of a teenage Australian girl. This is why the book is iconic – here is a protagonist who does not conform to ethnic stereotypes of demure oppression or unbridled Italian emoting. There are no wailing victims of patriarchy, no big familial feasts featuring big bowls of pasta. No charges of chauvinism or cringing self-indulgent woe-is-me stories of being teased for school lunchbox pastrami sandwiches.


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I absolutely love this post! I was really slow in joining the Marchetta fan club, Saving Francesca was her first book I read around this time last year, and then I devoured Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son in quick succession. I think its a tough one to call which is my favourite as both Jellicoe Road and The Piper's Son captured such a big place in my heart. I still have Finnikin and Looking for Alibrandi to pick up (these are actually on my 100+ books list that I'm still writing!). I think I'm just happy with the feeling that I still have some of her books to turn to! Btw that picture of you guys is so adorable! :)

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I can't tell you how much I love this post. Jellicoe Road was my first Marchetta as well and I pretty much devoured all her other books after that. One thing that I love so much about Melina Marchetta books is that she's able to tell a tale of such profound sadness and still make it hopeful. Then she throws in humor that makes you cry, and snort, you're laughing so much.

I'm so glad I joined GR because I would've never known of these books if it weren't for friends on that site. Thanks again for such a lovely post. :)

Melina Marchetta Interview | Misrule


Melina Marchetta is a guest at the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival. She will participate in Keeping it Real: Realistic Issues in Teen Fiction on Sunday May 24. Details .

A writer’s craft: a conversation with Melina Marchetta

Melina managed to combine writing with teaching in secondary school for ten years up to 2006, when she committed to writing full-time. During that period, she released two novels, Saving Francesca and On the Jellicoe Road.