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The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
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Mar 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: journeys, australia, vintage, twentieth-century, exile, favorites

“I had the presentiment that the ‘travelling’ phase of my life might be passing. I felt, before the malaise of settlement crept over me, that I should reopen the notebooks. I should set down on paper a resume of the ideas, quotations and encounters which had amused and obsessed me; and which I hoped would shed light on what is, for me, the question of questions: the nature of human restlessness.”

Chatwin pursues his quest for an understanding of the nomadic instinct to the Australian outback and relates his encounters with the Aboriginal people and their complex mythologies that literally ‘sing’ the world in to being.
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Started Reading
January 1, 2005 – Finished Reading
March 11, 2009 – Shelved
March 14, 2009 – Shelved as: journeys
March 20, 2009 – Shelved as: australia
March 20, 2009 – Shelved as: vintage
March 20, 2009 – Shelved as: twentieth-century
March 22, 2009 – Shelved as: exile
January 24, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites

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