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Dr Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World

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The young Wooreddy recognised the omen immediately, accidentally stepping on it while bounding along the beach: something slimy, something eerily cold and not from the earth. Since it had come from the sea, it was an evil omen.
Soon after, many people died mysteriously, others disappeared without a trace, and once-friendly families became bitter enemies. The islanders
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Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Hyland House Publishing Pty Ltd (first published January 1st 1983)
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Lisa
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Karenlee Thompson
Colin Johnson aka Mudrooroo is a controversial figure in the history of indigenous literature. His novel, Wild Cat Falling (A&R Classics) is said by some to be the first novel by an author ‘of Aboriginal blood’ in Australia. However he is not mentioned in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature – which one might perhaps expect to include an excerpt from a novel of such apparent significance. However, he is listed on the AustLit database BlackWords. Why the discrepancy? Well, if ...more
Pavel Nedelcu
Just finished reading this very interesting piece of Australian aboriginal literature and despite my slow reading (mainly due to the complexity of the language) I found it more than useful and interesting. Even though in prose style it's not better than, let's say, Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, it definitely represents one of the most challenging and reliable accounts about the British colonial invasion of Australia. A clash between two civilizations, each of one strongly anchored in their ...more
Matt Ralph
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. I look around the island where I live and often wonder what it was like before Europeans arrived, and wish I could go back in time and see it, even stop what we did, and live more like the native inhabitants did then that what we do now.
There are many precious glimpses of this life, seen with eyes stinging from the smoke of the unfolding apocalypse; the invasion, the genocide, the destruction of the land and wildlife.
The story begins as Tasmania is overrun by Europeans, and the
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Laura
Interesting and educational, although I found it very wearying to read. If I didn't have to read it for class, I would've probably stopped and tried to find another book about the colonisation of Australia.
Colleen Stone
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! I have struggled to understand the issues surrounding the attempted genocide of Tasmanian Aboriginals and the resultant destruction of many aspects of their culture. That many descendants of Tasmania's indigenous population now identify as Aboriginal after many years of having to hide their existence is Testament to their resilience. The largely unrecognised book "We Who Are Not Here" explores aspects of the culture in the south of the state as it exists today - and as it was in ...more
Meghan Edmonds
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a half-Australian I think this should be mandatory reading in Australian schools. Along with the Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes. It is an extremely painful book to read but part of our heritage.It kept echoing through my head as I walked around Tasmania. Two images come to mind- blood - and rock. I don't know how the author came to write this but it must have been a very cathartic experience for him. In my lifetime this is one of the top ten books that affected me. And the only other experience ...more
Ange Strickland
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really loved the the cultural touch and narrative aspects of the book. I recently read "Community Of Thieves" by Cassandra Pybus beforehand and really think the 2 are complimentary and its worth reading them both. I strongly think youth should be introduced to such books during school years! This history is so important I think.
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Mudrooroo is the nom de plume of Colin Thomas Johnson.