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The Songlines If I was given a choice of 3 people to invite for dinner from any age, Bruce Chatwin would be one I only wish I could sit down probably in a pub and watch him drink a pint and tell stories of his travels He writes in such a compassionate way about the people he comes across in his travels, he has a way of explaining and understanding histories and events that is so intr There was plenty in this book that irritated me, and at times, yes things that fascinated me Indeed, this book is saved from a one star rating for the simple reason that I found what was conveyed about Australian Aborigine culture and their Songlines fascinating When Chatwin kept to his personal observations of the people of the Outback, whether of European extraction or Aboriginal, I was riveted I have to admit this book did what the best books do inspire me to readon the subject b There was plenty in this book that irritated me, and at times, yes things that fascinated me Indeed, this book is saved from a one star rating for the simple reason that I found what was conveyed about Australian Aborigine culture and their Songlines fascinating When Chatwin kept to his personal observations of the people of the Outback, whether of European extraction or Aboriginal, I was riveted I have to admit this book did what the best books do inspire me to readon the subject but alas even fifteen years after this book s publication there s blessed little to be found on the subject of Aborigine culture easily accessible to the general reader that you can find by browsing the neighborhood bookstore or library This book is easily the best known.I recently read Bryson s In a Sunburned C In This Extraordinary Book, Bruce Chatwin Has Adapted A Literary Form Common Until The Eighteenth Century Though Rare In Ours A Story Of Ideas In Which Two Companions, Traveling And Talking Together, Explore The Hopes And Dreams That Animate Both Them And The People They Encounter Set In Almost Uninhabitable Regions Of Central Australia, The Songlines Asks And Tries To Answer These Questions Why Is Man The Most Restless, Dissatisfied Of Animals Why Do Wandering People Conceive The World As Perfect Whereas Sedentary Ones Always Try To Change It Why Have The Great Teachers Christ Or The Buddha Recommended The Road As The Way To Salvation Do We Agree With Pascal That All Man S Troubles Stem From His Inability To Sit Quietly In A Room We Do Not Often Ask These Questions Today For We Commonly Assume That Living In A House Is Normal And That The Wandering Life Is Aberrant But For Than Twenty Years Chatwin Has Mulled Over The Possibility That The Reverse Might Be The Case.Pre Colonial Australia Was The Last Landmass On Earth Peopled Not By Herdsmen, Farmers, Or City Dwellers, But By Hunter Gatherers Their Labyrinths Of Invisible Pathways Across The Continent Are Known To Us As Songlines Or Dreaming Tracks, But To The Aboriginals As The Tracks Of Their Ancestors The Way Of The Law Along These Roads They Travel In Order To Perform All Those Activities That Are Distinctively Human Song, Dance, Marriage, Exchange Of Ideas, And Arrangements Of Territorial Boundaries By Agreement Rather Than Force.In Chatwin S Search For The Songlines, Arkady Is An Ideal Friend And Guide Australian By Birth, The Son Of A Cossack Exile, With All The Strength And Warmth Of His Inheritance Whether Hunting Kangaroo From A Land Cruiser, Talking To The Diminutive Rolf In His Book Crammed Trailer, Buying Drinks For A Bigoted Policeman And Would Be Writer , Cheering As Arkady S True Love Declares Herself Part Of The Songlines Is A Romantic Comedy , Chatwin Turns This Almost Implausible Picaresque Adventure Into Something Approaching The Scale Of A Greek Tragedy.The Life Of The Aboriginals Stands In Vivid Contrast, Of Course, To The Prevailing Cultures Of Our Time And The Songlines Presents Unforgettable Details About The Kinds Of Disputes We Know All Too Well From Less Traumatic Confrontations Over Sacred Lands Invaded By Railroads, Mines, And Construction Sites, Over The Laws And Rights Of A Poor People Versus A Wealthy Invasive One To Chatwin These Are But Recent, Local Examples Of An Eternal Basic Distinction Between Settlers And Wanderers His Book, Devoted To The Latter, Is A Brilliant Evocation Of This Profound Optimism That Man Is By Nature Not A Bellicose Aggressor But A Pacific, Song Creating, Adaptive Species Whose Destiny Is To Quest For The Truth. As I wandered through some special place no one else ever gets to see, I passed a beautiful woman wearing a sheer top that revealed her round breasts and small, pert nipples She looked seductively at me and licked her lips I nodded politely, making my way toward a tall man standing by himself Wait My super elite companion stopped me That man is the KING OF THE UNIVERSE He hates everyone Nothing impresses him The last white man who attempted to talk to him WELL The King sliced him As I wandered through some special place no one else ever gets to see, I passed a beautiful woman wearing a sheer top that re Bruce Chatwin is an Englishman who has traveled widely, and he has especially studied nomads and tribes In this book he travels to Australia to study the Aboriginals In Australia, the nomadic Aboriginals have songs related to almost every feature in the landscapes they travel through To learn these song The Songlines is, on the surface, an auto biographical travel narrative Under the surface, it s none of these things and so muchThe door in is that the Bruce of the book may or may not be the Bruce who is writing The narrative Bruce s clumsy attempts to interrogate the Australian aboringine s sacred knowledge smacks of neo I am picky when it comes to travel literature The curious thing about my pickiness when it comes to travel books is that I don t like to use travel literature as a way of broadening my horizons I like to read it to narrow my world view and back up what I already know To clarify, because I suspect I have just made a strange and confusing statement, I only normally read travel I had great expectations about this book, it is one of the favorites of my wife and for years it stood temptingly staring at me in our library But I m afraid it turned out to be a disappointment As in In Patagonia Chatwin reports about one of his journeys, a meandering quest, not in Fireland this time but in Australia where he went looking for the key to the Aboriginal culture This is a quite interesting topic of course, and the information he gives about the Songlines and everything that s I had great expectations about this book, it is one of the favorites of my wife and for years it stood temptingly staring at me in our library But I m afraid it turned out to be a disappointment As in In Patagonia Chatwin reports about one of his journeys, a meandering quest, not in Fireland this time but in Australia where he went looking for the key to the Aboriginal culture This is a quite interesting topic of course, and the information he gives about the Songlines and everything that s related with them, is very intruiging and challenging But Chatwin has made a very dull affair of his report, it is notthan a chronicle of his interviews with Aboriginals and other people It could not charm me, especially because it was so self centered Bruce Chatwin is all around, and his seemingly easy way to gain the confidence of the Aboriginals wasn t really credible to me And of course it doesn t help when you read in other reviews that he had the habit of inventing some of This is a book that is a personal response to whatever it is for white people to think about nomadic peoples with layers of meanings It seemed to me to be a very honest book the person telling the story does not try to make himself seem better than he is.I had never heard of songlines before reading this book the fact that I ve lived in Australia for m Despite the title this isn t really a book about the Australian outback, it is another book about Bruce Chatwin We journey in search of him through the fictions he put up as defences Everything else is background I read this and was utterly impressed by it when I was a teenager If I was to give this book a rating today it would be a very low one, but possibly my reasons for this could justify rating it very highly as well view spoiler but since I don t rate books on the whole this is neit Despite the title this isn t really a book about the Australian outback, it is another book about Bruce Chatwin We journey in search of him through the fictions he put up as defences Everything else is background I read this and was utterly impressed by it when I was a teenager If I was to give this book a rating today it would be a very low one, but possibly my reasons for this could justify rating it very highly as well view spoiler but since I don t rate books on the whole this is neither here nor there hide spoiler.From The Songlines I went on to read a pile of other books written by Chatwin not really noticing that the function of Australia and the Aborigines in the story is to prove that Chatwin s beliefs about the role of a nomadic lifestyle and men at the height of their physical prowess defending the home fires from predators in th

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