Mutant Message Down Under
Mutant Message Down Under is the fictional account of an American woman's spiritual odyssey through outback Australia. An underground bestseller in its original self-published edition, Marlo Morgan's powerful tale of challenge and endurance has a message for us all.
Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aborigines to accompany them on walkabout, the woman makes a four-mont...more
Now for the longer version.
I've had this book given to me three times. Not handed to me with a suggestion that I might like to read it, but physically given to me as a gift. The first two copies ended up donated in my periodic bookshelf organizing sprees. The third time someone...more
After reading the book I researched Marlo Morgan and found out that she merely worked for four months in a pharmacy in Queensland, came back to the United States and...more
The author gets semi-kidnapped by some Australian Aborigines. They go on walk-about across the Outback. I feel my skin getting pink and sunburny just thinking about it...more
Ignore this book and any other books she may have written giving 'insight' into Australian Indigeno...more
Update after reading it: Maybe I just don't have what it takes to appreciate this type of book. The author goes on a totally unplanned (from her perspective) walkabout with a band of Aborigines in Australia (the Real People), who have chosen her to be a messenger to other "mutants". They have decided to let their...more
She was right. If you are one of those who believe indigenous, hunter-gatherer peoples have a certain innate wisdom that our culture dismisses or doesn’t value or has forgotten, then you might like it as well.
Cited as a complete work of fiction, “Mutant Message Down Under” follows t...more
It is one of those heightened, unrealistic spiritual accounts of a walkabout where the author discovers the connectedness of all things, even the flies that (view spoiler)[lovingly clean her teeth OMG ten years later and that image won't leave my head (hide spoiler)].
There were chapters that I just skimmed because I...more
In fact, I might even have just given four stars and pointed that fact out to you, if the book had been good. The trouble is, Mutant Message Down Under isn't good. It is far, far from good.
The things that I learned from the book I was surprised about so I looked them up and found them to be inaccurate.
The book has been rejected by the Australian Aborigines as an offensive and misleading book and Marlo Morgan has admitted that the story is fictional. Yet, the boo...more
8: Much later I would understand that the releasing of attachment to objects and certain beliefs was already indelibly written as a very necessary step in my human progress toward being.
18: "Forget the pain. ... Learn to endure. Focus your attention elsewhere." <-- she had thorns in her feet, but I should try to remember a similar sentiment for long runs.
53: When we took water from a rocky crevice, I was taught how...more
The problem that I have with the story is that I am a born-and-bred Australian. And I have a really, really big problem with patronising Americans. I have a problem with their condescension of the way we speak, how we see the world, things about our society, her insistance on calling Australia "down under", and so on and so forth. I also have a big problem with the...more
*UPDATE! I just learned that the whole book is a LIE! I knew it was fiction/fake, but the author never had contact with Aborigines, made up the whole thing, and offended a ton of people! Now I hate this even more. Even if you say, "oh, it's fiction, listen to the message", well, who wants to absorb a message from a BIG FAT LIAR?*
The author makes like a wannabe anthropologist...more
my assessment of the book on it's own: it will make you think about the impact of materialism on modern life and hapiness if you can get past the author's simple voice and (i think unintentional) racisim. (fyi, people whose parents come from different ethnicities do not like to be called half-breeds or half-caste, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.)
my assessment of the book in the...more
While I am still miffed at Marlo Morgan for her attempt at deceit of the reading public, the book kept my interest to the degree that I finished it in one day. Granted its only 174 pages, but still I don't normally read a book in...more
I also have no idea if the...more
When it later came out that this book is a total fabrication, I was deeply hurt. This was the first book I ever read that intentionally lied to me. Other books may have had bad information and good intentions, minor errors, or skewed views, but none of them had been presented as fact and turned out to be entirely fiction.
The story she tells is a beautiful way of sharing an eternal truth that many generations before us understood and some cultures today still teach and practice.
I imagine that those who looked past the writing style, the fact that it was fictionalized, or whatever petty details might have bothered them about this book, can really open their hearts an...more
This book was not horrible, in my opinion. No, it was not a classi...more