Toni's Reviews > Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington
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Jan 04, 2012

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bookshelves: australia, biography-memoir, history, multi-cultural
Read from January 02 to 05, 2012

I would give this four stars for content, based on the heroic story of the three young "half-caste" Aboriginal girls escape from their government imposed institutional settlement in 1931 Australia. The author, daughter of one of the escapees, presents a fairly good history of the white settlement of Southwestern Australia and the edict they imposed on the native people. That being said, the writing seems undeveloped.
However, my admiration is for for the plucky girls who bravely made their way along a 1200 mile, nine-week trek under extremely difficult conditions. Mostly I am left with a great deal of sadness for the indigenous people whom the smug white/Europeans felt themselves superior enough to displace from their own land (much like the history of our own country).

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