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Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to Title: That Deadman Dance Author: Kim Scott Narrator: Humphrey Bower Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 12-12-17 Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Fiction, Literary Publisher's Summary: Big-hearted, moving and richly rewarding, That Deadman Dance is set in the first decades of the 19th century in the area around what is now Albany, Western Australia. In playful, musical prose, the book explores the early contact between the Aboriginal Noongar people and the first European settlers. The novel's hero is a young Noongar man named Bobby Wabalanginy. Clever, resourceful and eager to please, Bobby befriends the new arrivals, joining them hunting whales, tilling the land, exploring the hinterland and establishing the fledgling colony. He is even welcomed into a prosperous local white family where he falls for the daughter, Christine, a beautiful young woman who sees no harm in a liaison with a native. But slowly - by design and by accident - things begin to change. Not everyone is happy with how the colony is developing. Stock mysteriously start to disappear; crops are destroyed; there are 'accidents' and injuries on both sides. As the Europeans impose ever stricter rules and regulations in order to keep the peace, Bobby's Elders decide they must respond in kind. A friend to everyone, Bobby is forced to take sides: he must choose between the old world and the new, his ancestors and his new friends. Inexorably, he is drawn into a series of events that will forever change not just the colony but the future of Australia.... Members Reviews: Rhythmic Reading It took a while to get into this book but soon I was drawn in by the tale of settlers and local people and how their lives ebbed and flowed in those early days. While the story covered the not uncommon themes of early settlement (land claiming, excessive whale hunting etc) it was not a story of execssive violence or hatred. Rather, it started as an unusually hopefull possibilty that both parties could get along and while tensions did simmer, the overall story was a more peaceful one. Not from Australia myslef, I was intrigued and reminded of the Aboriginal people's capacity to live off the land in such complete harmony. In contrast, I was appauled by the unknowing blundering of the settlers and their ability to quickly wipe out all chance of living off the land. And in this Aboriginal's tale, more than anything, I was aware of a rhythmic nature to the prose, like a poem or song, running along like a stream over rocks. It also highlights how, by example, local people could share one whale carcass for weeks in comparison to one settler's whale boat slaughtering tens of whales and processing and discarding them in mere days. The continual contrasts of this nature did not go unnoticed. The book took me to a place of undulating beauty, gave me a keen sense of the seasons and what it means to live intiutiviely and in tune with nature ... and I wished that too could re-kindle that sense. A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable read. A piece of Australian literature that has great historical value... That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott is the book that many readers (and Australians in particular) have been waiting for, perhaps without even realising it. Many authors have attempted to describe early settlement in Australia, but their efforts remain primarily from the European perspective. Scott, on the other hand, as the son of an Aboriginal father and English mother, was able to authentically deliver from both perspectives. Kim Scott is no stranger to fame.

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