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Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
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Nov 17, 2011

did not like it
Read from November 17 to 26, 2011

I doubt that it was her intent, but Marlo Morgan has succeeded in writing one of the most offensive books in recent history. The offense comes from her exalting portrayal of a tribe of Native people of Australia that transforms them from real people to super-human, god-like beings. It is the reverse of the 'noble-savage' nonsense of the past centuries' view of Native Americans; but both views are equally abhorrent because they strip away the reality of the peoples' existence and replace it with what westerners will find compelling.
Supposedly this 'novel' is based on 'fact': Ms.Morgan claims she was allowed to accompany a tribe of Aborigines (the Real People) on a 4 month walkabout across an Australian Desert. This reader, however, believes none of this. Why? Because her portrayal of the Real People is absurd. According to Ms.Morgan, the Real People can become INVISIBLE; they do not suffer from sickness nor disease; when, while on the walkabout, one Aborigine gets a compound fracture in his leg he is cured in less than a day with an ointment of plant paste and menstrual discharge (and singing); they communicate over distances of at least 40 miles through MENTAL TELEPATHY (yeah, that's right, she says so therefore it is a fact); the Real People choose when to die (they can live 130 years and when they decide to die BOOM in 2 minutes they are dead); and most offensive of all in its dehumanizing elevation to God-like status, she says that their SHIT DOESN'T STINK!
Enough said.

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11/18/2011 page 112
50.0% "Firstly, I don't believe that this is a true story. Secondly, Morgan's reverse-racism is appalling. Thirdly...I have to finish it."
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