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They're a Weird Mob : Text Classics - Nino Culotta

They're a Weird Mob

Text Classics

By: Nino Culotta, Jacinta Tynan (Introduction by)

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Who the hell's Nino Culotta. That's what you asked yourself when you first picked up this book, wasn't it? Well I'm Nino Culotta. My father baptised me Giovanni—John—well Giovannino is like Johnny, and Nino is an easier way of saying it. Or a lazier way, if you like.

Just off the boat from Italy—the north—Nino Culotta arrives in Sydney. He thought he spoke English but he's never heard anything like the language these Australians are speaking.

They're a Weird Mob is an hilarious snapshot of the immigrant experience in Menzies-era Australia, by a writer with a brilliant ear for the Australian way with words.

About the Author

John O’Grady was born in Waverley on 9 October 1907. Soon afterwards his father resigned from his job as editor of the New South Wales Agricultural Gazette and moved the family to a remote farm in the Peel Valley near Tamworth, where he was eventually to go broke.

John was educated at home by his father along with several of his seven brothers and sisters. When he was twelve, John went to the Catholic school in Tamworth and later to St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst. He hoped to become a doctor but there was no money and he graduated from Sydney University as a pharmacist, a profession he never much liked.

John O’Grady was married three times, and had four children. He wrote for most of his adult life, but did not publish a book until he dreamed up They’re a Weird Mob to win a bet. He was fifty when it came out. It remains one of the most successful titles in Australian publishing history. O’Grady abandoned pharmacy and went on to write fifteen more books. In 1959 he published his famous comic poem ‘The Integrated Adjective’, better known as ‘Tumba Bloody Rumba’ in the Bulletin. He died in Sydney in 1981.

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Very Aussie, even now

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    Comments about They're a Weird Mob:

    My grandfather apparently laughed so hard he cried when he read this back in the day. I can see why.

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    5.0

    Hilarious

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      So typically Aussie - loved looking at us through a new comers eyes!

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      4.0

      They're a Weird Mob - revisited

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        Comments about They're a Weird Mob:

        It is about 30 years since I last read this book. For older Aussies it is a sentimental journey. Long gone are the days when builders dug trenches by hand and mixed concrete in a petrol driven mixer on the building site. Long gone are the days when men could take their rifles and go to the edge of an Australian city and shoot a few rabbits to eat that night! Some of the sentiments about Australian society and migrants fitting in are rather sickly sweet by modern standards. But it is still a very funny book (the movie is even funnier)and pokes good natured fun at the average Aussie. It is still well worth reading for the entertainment value and also as an unintended social commentary on Australian society nearly 50 years ago.

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        ISBN: 9781921922183
        ISBN-10: 1921922184
        Series: Text Classics
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 208
        Published: 26th April 2012
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 1.7
        Weight (kg): 19.9
        Edition Number: 1