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Living In Australia by Denys Burrows
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Jul 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: travel, summer, history
Read from July 05 to 18, 2012

This book directly reflected the Aussie personality: simple, direct, and to-the-point. Just reading it brought back happy memories of a childhood in Oz, where I learned to speak Strine and stay clear of all things venomous. This is a mid-1960s book and the pride of a nation starting to find its national identity comes through quite strongly. This isn't a look at a painful convict past or the wrongs done to the Aborigines. Nope, just a very easy dose of down-to-earth honesty.

The first part of the book deals with the actual history of the continent and Britain's use of it as a penal colony. Later sections discuss education, politics, industry, and sports (Aussie Rules) without much fuss. The influence of both England and America is explained as is the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne. It's always wonderful to have a timeshot of an era which was so proto cool.

Be right, mate.

Book Season = Summer (when it's winter Down Under)

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