The Songlines

The Songlines

eBook - 2016
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International Bestseller: The famed travel writer and author of In Patagonia traverses Australia, exploring Aboriginal culture and song, and humanity's origins. Long ago, the creators wandered Australia and sang the landscape into being, naming every rock, tree, and watering hole in the great desert. Those songs were passed down to the Aboriginals, and for centuries they have served not only as a shared heritage but as a living map. Sing the right song, and it can guide you across the desert. Lose the words, and you will die. Into this landscape steps Bruce Chatwin, the greatest travel writer of his generation, who comes to Australia to learn these songs. A born wanderer, whose lust for adventure has carried him to the farthest reaches of the globe, Chatwin is entranced by the cultural heritage of the Aboriginals. As he struggles to find the deepest meaning of these ancient, living songs, he is forced to embark on a much more difficult journey through his own history to reckon with the nature of language itself. Part travelogue, part memoir, part novel, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin's final, and most ambitious, works. From the author of the bestselling In Patagonia and On the Black Hill , a sweeping exploration of a landscape, a people, and one man's history, it is the sort of book that changes the reader forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Bruce Chatwin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2016]
ISBN: 9781504038331
Branch Call Number: 919.4 Ch
Description: 1 online resource (293 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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May 29, 2017

Meryl Streep likes this book!

Jan 26, 2017

A little too long, no narrative, not enough travel, and too many loosely related notes.

Jun 29, 2016

I just finished this book and can strongly recommend it.
The Library Journal and the Publisher's Weekly reviews do an excellent job of describing it.
I learned a lot from this book I didn't know before. I hope you enjoy reading it as much I did.
It just might change your life.
The descriptions of the Aborigine's manhood initiation ceremonies are very graphic and shocking so be prepared for that.

Mar 31, 2015

Excellent book for anyone with more than a passing interest in the aboriginals who once owned Australia.

Nov 01, 2010

I came to "The Songlines" via David Alban's book, "Becoming Animal," and a recommendation by my brother. I share their consensus. As an evolutionary biologist by academic training, I always enjoy it when non-biologists develop keen insights into the field, blowing fresh air across often doctrinaire tenets. Songlines are an ancient language developed without the constraints of the written word, specific about location, but at the same time universal enough to pass first hand knowledge of geography to men and women who had never crossed it; people who understood the melody if not the local words.


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