The Songlines

The Songlines

Book - 1988
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Penguin Putnam
Bruce Chatwin-author of In Patagonia-ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aborginals' ancient "Dreaming-tracks." Along these timeless paths, amongst the fortune hunters and redneck Australians, racist policemen and mysterious Aboriginal holy men, he discovers a wondrous vision of man's place in the world.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1988, c1987
ISBN: 9780140094299
Branch Call Number: 919.40463 CHA
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,20 cm.


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May 29, 2017

Meryl Streep likes this book!

Jan 26, 2017

A little too long, no narrative, not enough travel, and too many loosely related notes.

Jun 29, 2016

I just finished this book and can strongly recommend it.
The Library Journal and the Publisher's Weekly reviews do an excellent job of describing it.
I learned a lot from this book I didn't know before. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I did.
It just might change your life.
The descriptions of the Aborigine's manhood initiation ceremonies are very graphic and shocking so be prepared for that.

Mar 31, 2015

Excellent book for anyone with more than a passing interest in the aboriginals who once owned Australia.

Nov 01, 2010

I came to "The Songlines" via David Alban's book, "Becoming Animal," and a recommendation by my brother. I share their consensus. As an evolutionary biologist by academic training, I always enjoy it when non-biologists develop keen insights into the field, blowing fresh air across often doctrinaire tenets. Songlines are an ancient language developed without the constraints of the written word, specific about location, but at the same time universal enough to pass first hand knowledge of geography to men and women who had never crossed it; people who understood the melody if not the local words.

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