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Every Secret Thing (David Unaipon Award Winners Series) [Kindle Edition]

Marie Munkara

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Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 469 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 130 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of Queensland Press (1. August 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009K90JOO
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Amazon.com: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  2 Rezensionen
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great and funny novel 22. Dezember 2012
Von Will Owen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
In a previous review, a reader complains that Munkara's perspective is too "black and white," a judgement that makes me laugh. No, its perspective is black. Period. It's a black woman's perspective on the harm done to her relatives and her culture by the well-meaning likes of Bishop Gsell. Yes, the British and the Catholic Church brought their advanced culture to the "stone-age" people of the Tiwi Islands, but from the Tiwi perspective, this was kind of like the Martian's bringing their sophisticated spaceship technology to the residents of New Jersey in "War of the Worlds." "Every Secret Thing" refutes the claim that history is always written by the victors. It's written, too, by the survivors, and that's a kind of victory in itself. And it's a really funny book, too.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing but nicely written 22. Dezember 2012
Von Janie Andrews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Having read The Bishop with 150 Wives which was about Francis Xavier Gsell and the mission he set up on Bathurst Island I was excited to find a book written by an indigenous woman who had a connection with mission and the people who lived there. I was hoping for a balanced perspective from the 'other side of the fence' about the mission.

Unfortunately I found "Every Secret Thing" cringeworthy and vitriolic about white people and the mission itself. The author relied on stereotypes and had a very black and white account of what was going on during that period. The impression I got was that Marie Munkara either didn't know the culture or history of that region very well or was simply cherry picking the facts to squish them around her personal perspective. She failed to mention young girls being prostituted to Japanese pearlers (the origins of the mixed-race children on the Island) or the property marriages which held Aboriginal woman in servitude to an older husband with many other wives. Nor did she mention any other unsavoury stone-age cultural habits, such as killing one infant when twins were born or burying elderly and infirm people alive.

Aboriginal people have either been despised and exploited by whites or adored and protected by them. When I read the accounts of the missionaries I can see they were really dedicated to preventing the exploitation of Aboriginal people and assisting them in becoming part of the modern world so they could have some self-determination. This book literally spits in the faces of those people.

Any genuine grievances aboriginal people have regarding Bishop Gsell's mission work in Northern Australia is going to fall on deaf ears because of crass and inaccurate books written to lubricate the wheels of the Aboriginal Grievance Industry.

Apart from that the book is well written and Marie Munkara has oodles of talent as a writer, just not the greatest insights.
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