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Butterfly Song

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Tarena Shaw has just finished her law degree but isn't sure she wants to be a lawyer after all. What place does a black lawyer have in a white legal system? Does everyone in Sydney feel like a turtle without a shell?

Drawn to Thursday Island, the home of her grandparents, Tarena is persuaded by her family to take on her first case. Part of the evidence is a man with a guita...more
paperback, 292 pages
Published 2005 by penguin
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Catherine Maughan
Butterfly Song is a beautiful book that is easy to read. I kept wondering if Terri Janke was writing a biographical novel because of the similarities between herself and her character Tarena - both Meriam people and both lawyers. The doubts that Tarena has about herself as a lawyer - are they doubts shared by Terri, a very successful lawyer?

Butterfly Song raises important questions about the ownership of Indigenous artifacts. The story made me think about how artifacts, that are held in univers...more
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Stunning. The descriptive passages are deft and evocative of a part of Australia that few of us know much about.

The setting is provoking (law school before Mabo - as a post Mabo law student, I find the setting marvellous) and the themes brilliant. This is totally going on my 101 list, because what is in this book - from the examples of how Indigenous people are treated over and over (such as her experience in the court room) to the pre-Mabo experience, which is so very important for a post Mabo...more
the front cover shows that this book is going to be about a butterfly and its adventure around the world.Postcards also show that there is going to be travelling in this story.The blurb explains that Tarena Shaw has just finished her Law Degree but she is not really sure that she should go on and be a lawyer after all.

after reading the first page i wondered if there would be a problem during this book. i started to read the second page and found out that living on an island for a long tome can l...more
Aug 12, 2012 Jess added it
Great book. Didn't want to put it down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The story was great and truly inspiring even though it was fiction.
I really liked this book, devoured it in just over a day. A beautiful story, beautifully told.
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