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3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,688 Ratings  ·  1,225 Reviews
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-month
Paperback, Tenth Anniversary Edition, 224 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1990)
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Barbara Corvelli I read this book in the 90's and it was a good time (good book). As with anything in print, we must discern truth, even if it is sold as non-fiction.…moreI read this book in the 90's and it was a good time (good book). As with anything in print, we must discern truth, even if it is sold as non-fiction. I still recommend it, Aboriginal people are truly great people, either way.(less)
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Feb 24, 2014 Mei-Lu rated it did not like it
Here's the short version of my review: do not read this book. Do not under any circumstances buy this book. If any of your friends suggest that they might want to read this book, use all your power to convince them not to.

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
Nov 26, 2008 Raquel rated it did not like it
The story piqued my interest and the book came recommended from my sister. What a disappointment. First of all, Marlo Morgan's claims are way off kilter. Secondly, her writing is as good as mine was in the third grade. I do give her points for trying to convey peaceful, happy, self-centering messages, but overall the book is a flop.

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
Sep 20, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
I have read this book three times in my life. The first time I had no expectations. With the second and third (this time) reading I had the thought that the book would be stupid and hokey. But oh man, I love it. It totally makes me want to clean out my house and get rid of all my stuff so that I can just enjoy life and the moment.

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
Nov 04, 2007 Allyson added it
Recommends it for: naive fools and idiots
This book is one of the most offensive pieces of tripe I have ever read. Apart from being appallingly written, her white cultural superiority is difficult to ignore and her misappropriation and lies about the culture and heritage of Australian Indigenous people is horrifying. Her romanticism of a proud culture is nauseating and if anything, only serves to perpetuate the orientalist myth of 'other'.

Ignore this book and any other books she may have written giving 'insight' into Australian Indigeno
Tannaz Pirasteh
Jan 19, 2015 Tannaz Pirasteh rated it really liked it
کتاب تموم شداما فکر کردن به این کتاب و نوشته هاش مدتها تو ذهنم بازی می کنه
این کتاب همونطوری که روی جلدش نوشته شده گرفته شده از عرفان بومیان استرالیاست و به قدری جذابیت داره که نخواین زمین بذارینش خیلی از قسمتهای کتاب رو هایلایت کردم و بعدتر دوباره این کتاب رو میخونم
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May 09, 2012 Heather marked it as to-read
I just got an unpleasant education. After seeing reviews here stating this book is full of untruths and misrepresentations of the Aboriginal people, I cruised the web in search of more information. I discovered that this book is anything but a harmless fantasy story. Though published as a novel, the wording of the author's note is designed to lead the reader to think the content of the book is representative of Aboriginals and their lives and culture. The half-truths and outright lies in this bo ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephanie, Chisota, Christiaan
Recommended to Michelle by: Stephanie
Wow, after reading some of the reviews here, I've figured out that this book you either love it or you hate it. I personally loved it. I had to read it for sociology class in 2002, and thought it was a great read. I loved the message that it sends. My professor told us the story of how the author claimed it was true, but later had to say it wasn't, so before I even read it I knew this book may or may not be a work of fiction. I honestly think that, that is besides the point. Fictional books can ...more
Jun 16, 2007 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice easy read but it sticks with you
Sep 25, 2007 Shannon rated it did not like it
this might be the worst book ever written. I know that it was somewhat controversial due to its content, but to be completely honest I couldn't even be bothered with the content. I've seen essays written by 5th graders with more of a grasp on English grammar. The poor writing quality was too much to get past so the content didn't even matter. I hardly even put a book down before it's finished... I made an exception for this one though! yuck.
Apr 21, 2008 Kathy rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kathy by: local book club selection
another selection from my local book club - we seem to be on a spiritual/philosophical kick this year. The reviews I saw were either scathing or glowing, so this should be interesting.

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
Peter Macinnis
Feb 15, 2009 Peter Macinnis rated it did not like it
This is a piece of complete bilge, a gross and grotesquely offensive attempt to misrepresent Australian Aboriginal culture. To call it a load of bollocks would be excessively polite. Please refer to and follow the links, to find out what real Australian Aborigines think of this rubbish.
May 25, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome! It's a non fiction about a woman who spends 3 months on a walkabout with Australian Aborigines. It will change your whole perception of American culture.
Beth F.
The narrator of this book is a middle-aged American woman who is kidnapped by a group of nomadic Aborigines and taken on a several-months-long walkabout through the Australian bush. The resulting story is a narration of her experiences with skin exposure to the elements, eating bugs and worms and experiencing unexpected spiritual growth with a group of people who are the opposite of herself. When it was first published, the book was presented as a non-fictional memoir. Except resulting criticism ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Corrie rated it did not like it
I was uneasy about this book. I've spent a lot of time researching Australian Aboriginal cultures, and there were a lot of things described in this book that seemed fabricated. It really reminded me of Kabul Beauty School.

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
Dec 07, 2007 Debi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
This book changed my life. When I read this book, I couldn't put it down. I wanted to become an aboriginal person and learn how to live peacefully within the world. It blew my mind to think of a world without disease. This book opened up the possibility of what life could be, one where life did not constantly revolve around the next fear to conquer. Relaxing into the flow of the universe, I learned that all is truly well.
Apr 08, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this book to me. She said, “Oh, you’re into this kind of transcendental, living in the woods, sitting around a campfire, eating with your fingers kind of mumbo-jumbo. I think you might like it.”

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
Oct 16, 2007 Kimber rated it really liked it
I was told the book was an autobiography so I started reading it that way. Right away my sceptical mind determined it was fiction. On the back in very fine print it does say fiction but the author wants you to believe that it is a real journey that she took. I think she may have had a better response to her ideas if she hadn't been trying so hard to sell the idea that the 'walkabout' was real. With that out of the way I really did like the book.

There were chapters that I just skimmed because I
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I read this years ago because my mother-in-law thought it was great. (Erp, sorry.)

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).

Feb 03, 2015 Nea rated it really liked it
Marlo Morgan is certainly not a spectacular writer, but there is great wisdom in her message. She highlights the many flaws in our ways of life: our attachments to "stuff," competition with each other, insecurity, excess, greed, waste, mental enslavement, abuse of Earth's resources, lack of true spirituality, and so much more. These are all things worth thinking about and improving as we attempt to awaken from the illusions. However, I'm not sure how to feel about the book's delivery.

What the b
Nov 19, 2012 Ali rated it did not like it
i wish i could give zero stars, but i think i have to give 1 star to pull down the average rating of this book.

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
For this review I will disregard the fact that the journey with the Aborigines described by Marlo Morgan has been questioned a lot and may not have happened at all. (Although, if you want to read this, which I strongly suggest you don't do, please take note of the controversy surrounding this book!)

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.

One thing
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mutant Message Down Under, Marlo Morgan
عنوان: پیام گم گشته؛ نویسنده: مارلو مورگان؛ مترجم: فرناز فرود؛ ویراستار: مهرداد فلاح؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتاب آوند دانش، 1388، در 214 ص؛ موضوع: عرفان بومیان استرالیا
مردمان قبیله ای بیاباننشین در استرالیا، که خود را مردم حقیقی میخوانند، از یک زن آمریکایی دعوت میکنند، تا در سفری چهار ماهه در بیابان، آنها را همراهی کند. ایشان با پیاده روی 2500 کیلومتری با پاهای برهنه، شیوه ی نوی برای زندگی و شفاگری میآموزد. کتاب پیام میدهد که: هنوز امکان نجات جهان وجود دارد؛
Sarah Hurd
Mar 26, 2015 Sarah Hurd rated it it was amazing
Reading through the other reviews I feel a lot of people are seriously missing the point of the message in this book. Whether it was made up or not.

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
Jul 15, 2015 Baharan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
پيام هاي كتاب فوق العاده ست! من كه از هر كلمه اين كتاب غرق لذت شدم
Deborah Ideiosepius
Jan 31, 2015 Deborah Ideiosepius rated it did not like it
Shelves: travestys, fantasy
This book was given to me by a lovely but credulous woman (She also believed in the predictions of Ramtha; namely that in 1997 the Australian coast would be devastated by tidal waves). She gave it to me knowing I had travelled the region described in the book. I read it fairly soon after it was published and before the debunking began, yet it was very obvious to me VERY early on in the book that it was complete fabrication by someone who was to dumb to read up on the culture she was misrepresent ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Dorothy rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Read for book club. This may very well be the worst book I've ever read. It is ridiculous and made me angry on many levels.

*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
Pat H
Jan 30, 2015 Pat H rated it did not like it
Fortunately, I read a library copy of this book and never parted with my hard-earned cash because it's the worst book in the history of books. First, it's written at about the 3rd grade level. Second, it's a mishmash of fantasy pulled from other New Age material pandering to susceptible westerners. Third, the author perpetrated a huge con by claiming it was all true and hid behind her lawyers when confronted by anthropologists, Australians, and the Aboriginal People. The publisher (after first r ...more
Roxenne Smith
Jul 23, 2015 Roxenne Smith rated it it was ok
When viewed from the perspective of a fable, this is a nice little story promoting a better way of living in the world, exploring the true meaning of our existence, and deepening our spiritual nature. I want to believe that the author, Marlo Morgan, was sincere in her desire to deliver a message of spiritual transformation in impoverished times. If only she had used a fictional race for her story, she could have avoided the anger and anguish that was unleashed by her thoughtless use of the indig ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Marzieh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چه طوری یه کتاب میتونه انقدر ساده و در عین حال انقدر تاثیر گذاز باشه؟!
به نظرم حرف اغلب ادیان رو این بومیان استرالیایی به راحتی گفتن و زندگی کردن اما ما هنووووز درگیریم که بفهمیم اصلا جریان زندگی چی هست
Aug 29, 2011 Tara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
A) It's a hoax. None of these things happened.
B) It's an essentializing, otherizing display of white fantasy about the "Noble Savage". Yuck.
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Marlo Morgan is a controversial American novelist best known for her book Mutant Message Down Under concerning Aboriginal Australians, a book which was originally promoted as nonfiction but has since been republished as fiction.
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