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Brian Castro
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Birds of Passage

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Birds of Passage is the powerful and haunting story of Seamus O'Young, an Australina-born Chinese, on a collision course with the past.

He reconstructs his past through the eyes of Shan, an ancestor who came to Australia in the 1880s. And, just as Shan was driven from the goldfields by depravity, racism and sheer greed; so Seamus finds himself, a century later, fighting for
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia, my-fiction
A thought provoking book that covers the parallel lives of a post WW2 ABC (Australian Born Chinese) and his ancestor, Shan, who came to Australia to seek his fortune during the gold rush of the late 1850’s to early 60’s. Seamus, the ABC, is born and bred in Australia and speaks no Chinese language at all but from the beginning senses his differences to Anglo Australians. When he, coincidently, finds some writing from an ancestor he ascertains to understand what it means and with that takes a par ...more
Nov 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Eq by: Wittiyaa
well i guess the important thing in this book is about identity (actually this words is came from my lecturer). Once you read this book, you'll see a twisted point of view from first person till the third person (thxfully, there is no fourth person point of view in a literature, or else i guess Mr. Brian will use that POV too,hehehehe), again the twisted is not the end, as we continue our reading we will find out the maganificant plot (you will be drag into flashback until to the future, fiuhhh) ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Some obscure Australian classic I had to read for an English class. It's sometimes interesting, just not really my thing.

- transracial identity
- different perspectives
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
my auntie gave me this book to read.
story about an 'Australian born Chinese' guy who finds the story of a goldrushee..
lots of spooky parallels between the stories of the 2 protagonists.
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That was the best Australian novel I read recently.
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Brian Castro was born in Hong Kong in 1950 of Portuguese, Chinese and English parents. He was sent to boarding school in Australia in 1961 (1962, Oakhill College, Castle Hill / 1963-67, St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill.). He attended the University of Sydney from 1968-71 and won the Sydney University short story competition in 1970. He gained his BA Dip.Ed. in 1972 and his MA in 1976 from Sydney ...more