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Preview — The White Earth by Andrew McGahan
The White Earth
The book is Motivated by the Mabo Legislation and deals with reactions to this based on ownership of the land and consequences for the property Ownwers. It delves into Aboriginal History and Folklore and makes a very powerful observation about LandRights which I found very thought provoking.
Throughout the book images o ...more
OK finished it now. Way weird attempt at dream-nightmare time Aboriginal sequence before everything burnt ...more
The centre of the story is the Native Title Law and what this means to the farmers. As the book is based in Queensland, there are rednecks who see the end of the world coming.
Young William comes to live with his uncle in a ramshackle old mansion from a once grand farming family. The uncle has secrets. The land has secrets. Ther ...more
Some of the issue in this book were interesting and the feelings of revenge were also interesting and seemingly quite human even though they were extreme.
One thing I did find myself thinking with this book is about Parents and ...more
This was an easy (too easy?) read and an ok story although not wholly original - it is often reminiscent of Wuthering Heights or Great Expectations. As a work of literature, this book falls far short of the poetry, originality and grandeur of those works, and instead comes off feeling rather try-hard, self-indulgent, For ...more
I don't think that I would rush out and read another of his books but it was well thought out, well researched and, living in the Darling Downs region, it was great to read a book based in this area from a writer who grew up here.
I see why it won the Miles Franklin. I didn't realise that McGahan had ascen ...more
Critics describe The White Earth as a neo-Dickensian novel, replete with layered stories, flashbacks, crumbling mansions, family secrets, strange deaths, ghosts, deception, and even a suspicious old housekeeper. Yet they agree that the Australia Will inhabits is far darker than any world Dickens ever depicted. The heart of the novel is a tragic chapter in Australian history: the relocation and genocide of the Aborigines. Though the characters serve as mouthpieces for differing views on the quest...more
This book follows the life of a boy growing up in a large historically significant homestead with his extended - and somewhat unloving - family. He grows, becomes a timber getter and learns a lot about the histroy of the region.
Having lived in a community very similar I found myself constantly readi ...more
I do not care about William or his nasty ear, I do not care about John, the weird gothic house, or the ghosts that haunt Australia. In fact, I may like Australia less having completed this book.
McGahan does well to incorporate reality; the social issues of the time (1992 aka a super pivotal moment in Aussie history), and I appreciate allegory having a BA and pending MA in literature but this was just too much, guys. Sav ...more
William's constant maladies made me feel ill at ease as the descriptions of his throbbing ear pain and headaches incr ...more
I really liked the parallel story lines and the intrigue of how they would come together. It seemed to lose pace after that. The chapters lost in the bush seemed too drawn out. Loved the book's themes of place and home and connectedness. It all seemed so unnecessarily sad at the end. A glimmer of hope or enlightenment would have worked I think.
I agree with many others that the boy did not seem like a 9 year old.