Barungin (Smell the Wind) by Jack Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My first experience with Australian Aboriginal literature–that has nothing to do with Children’s literature. I found the insight into the culture as much fascinating as depressing and rife with comparisons to the plight of our own Native Americans. Indeed, the comparison cannot be ignored; Americans know very little about actual Native American culture other than a recognition that they are closer to nature, have their own language that is being infiltrated, spiritual outside the realm of our Judeo-Christian ideologies and a reluctant concession to grant plots of land.
Smell the Wind incorporates, quite blatantly, Aboriginal themes while presenting the throes of such a family that is ridden with alcoholism, pride, shame, victims of stereotypes and different versions of history.
A quick and interesting read.
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So. One conference down and one to go.
I am finally officially registered for the IRSCL 2011 in Brisbane. I wish I could travel there, but no such luck. I shall have to present virtually. AND I still have to write the paper for it. The title is: Picturing the Bedroom: Exploring the Security of the Bedroom using Shaun Tan’s “The Red Tree” and “The Viewer”
So it should be a fun paper to write. But I am not going to worry about it until after my Cathie paper. I have until July anyway.
In other conference news, I submitted my paper that was presented at the ICFA in Orlando for inclusion in an anthology called “Of Bread and Blood”–an anthology of the Hunger Games. So, I would like to show you the word cloud for that so you can get the gist. (Keep your fingers crossed, though. This could really help my doctoral chances to get something published!)
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow. At first I was confused. But as the story progresses I became increasingly involved and engaged. I adore Australian literature and this is another gem from down under.
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