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3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Simone Harlowe is young and clever, an Aboriginal lawyer straddling two lives and two cultures while studying at Harvard. Her family life back in Sydney is defined by the complex relationship she has with her father Tony, a prominent Aboriginal rights activist.

As Simone juggles the challenges of a modern woman's life -- career, family, friends and relationships -- her fath
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published 2009 by UQP University of Queensland Press, Black Australian Writing Imprint
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Deborah Allin
A beautifully written story which explores the journey of an aboriginal academic in her quest to come to terms with the powerful impact of her father on her life and the echoes of this influence on other key relationships.

There are precious few novels written with a central female indigenous character which explore issues related to aboriginal history, politics and land rights which this novel does.

Its well written and the journey of the central character unfolds in a way which flows and draws y
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Lisa
Larissa Behrendt has been in the news lately*, so it seemed timely to read her second novel which I bought last year. Behrendt is an indigenous author from the Eualeyai/Kamillaroi people, and this book traces the impact of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in more ways than one.

The novel is strongly autobiographical. Like Behrendt – the daughter of Paul Behrendt and Raema Behrendt - the central character, Simone Harlowe, is the daughter of a high-profile Aboriginal activist and a non-indigenous mother
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Maree Kimberley
Legacy is my first book for the 2013 Australian Women Writer's Challenge and it's a good one. I read it in one day, over the course of the afternoon and early evening of a stinking hot Brisbane summer's day, so I guess for me it rates as 'unputdownable'!.

Behrendt's easy-going flowing literary style covers a lot of ground. From Harvard, Boston to Sydney to way out west in New South Wales, Behrendt skilfully weaves detail about recent Aboriginal history through a story that is about family relati
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Quoc
Indigenous author read in February 2013 for the Annual Aussie Author Challenge 2013 at Aussie Readers.

Legacy by Larissa Behrendt is a refined, compelling and riveting story about a daughter's relationship with her father. The daughter, Simone Harlowe is studying at Harvard working on a thesis but is haunted by a truth, imposed as the impossible by the actions of her father.

With a distinct indication of indigenous culture in Australia, there are some political views about how Australia have cha
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Lesley
Not bad. Enjoyed reading about the politics and history of the Tent Embassy and Rights struggle. Found the story around Professor Young a bit weird and a distraction. The late night phone calls between Patricia and Arthur I thought rather clumsy information dumps. Overall though, it's great to see more and more stories being told in such strong Indigenous voices.
Lisa
3.5 stars. In Legacy, Behrendt covers many interesting themes: identity, heritage, morals and relationships to name a few. It's really quite a short book - I read it over 2 days. There was something about the way it was written that really appealed to me. Simone - an Aboriginal woman studying law at Harvard University - was a very real character. I really connected with her. Each of the characters have their own voice - from Tony, the charismatic freedom fighter who is morally corrupt in other w ...more
Claire Melanie
This book aimed to educate as well as entertain. For the most part it achieved it but in others it felt a bit clumsy. Overall it was well written and engaging. The characters were interesting but could have been developed a little more.
Alison
Ok 3 stars is a bit tough, probably deserves 3 1/2. Nothing startling in the way of characterisation or plot but at least the writing is not clumsy. Lots of Aboriginal political history which is good, as my own knowledge is poor. From this perspective it is a good book and well worth reading, but as a story/love story/ story of relationships between men and women/ relationships between father and daughter, it's nothing special. I chose this book off the display table we have set up at the Librar ...more
S'hi
a disturbingly easy read - can almost miss what is really happening within you as you process the many ways in which we relate with each other. Powerful insights into indigenous politics and the personal relationships behind them. Well worthy of the National Book Prize in 2010.

Larissa Behrendt was awarded NSW Australian of the Year 2011.
Jacinta Fintan
An absolute gem so much going On below the surface of this quietly written book
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