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The Songlines [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Bruce Chatwin
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1. Juni 1988
Bruce Chatwin—author of In Patagonia—ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aborginals' ancient "Dreaming-tracks." Along these timeless paths, amongst the fortune hunters and redneck Australians, racist policemen and mysterious Aboriginal holy men, he discovers a wondrous vision of man's place in the world.

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Reprint (1. Juni 1988)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140094296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140094299
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,7 x 12,9 x 2 cm
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The late Bruce Chatwin carved out a literary career as unique as any writer's in this century: his books included In Patagonia, a fabulist travel narrative, The Viceroy of Ouidah, a mock-historical tale of a Brazilian slave-trader in 19th century Africa, and The Songlines, his beautiful, elegiac, comic account of following the invisible pathways traced by the Australian aborigines. Chatwin was nothing if not erudite, and the vast, eclectic body of literature that underlies this tale of trekking across the outback gives it a resonance found in few other recent travel books. A poignancy, as well, since Chatwin's untimely death made The Songlines one of his last books.


"A blend of travelogue, memoir, history, philosophy, science, meditation, and commonplace book...Chatwin's astonishing style captures the metamorphoses of his own 'Walkabout'....He takes the travel genre beyond exoticism and the simple picturesque into the metaphysical." —The Boston Globe

The riches of The Songlines are varied and artfully stashed. Chatwin's physical journey over Australia's parched hide corresponds to his intellectual excursions, which are full of surprising turns." —Time

"No ordinary book ever issues from Bruce Chatwin. Each bears the imprint of a dazzingly original mind." —Newsday

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Dying of AIDS and with Salman Rushdie, Bruce Chatwin made a lightning visit to Australia. The Songlines is the fascinating result of this terminal search for meaning.
The good points are that Chatwin's considerable intellect and narrative capacities weave a story based on year's travel experience. The bad point is that he knew almost nothing about his subject and as such has written an Englishman's compassionate contemporary account of the colonies.
I live and work on a remote aboriginal community near the areas Chatwin visited. Traditional Aborignal law is an amazingly complex oral culture so rich in history and symbolism that I have profound doubts about any whitefella ever properly understanding it, let alone a visiting foreigner desperately looking for something.
This is a great book, but don't think by reading it you will get a terrifically accurate profile of what being an aborigine is, whatever that means. They are not, as Chatwin seems to deduce, another group of nomadic noble savages more fulfilled than the more sedentary post-agriculture communitites.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A poetic primer on Australian aborigines 10. Februar 2000
When I first migrated to Australia in 1983, I immediately started asking questions about the country's indigenous aborigines. For me, it was simple curiosity. New Zealand, where I'd come from, had imperfect race relations, but Maori dances, hakas, and creation stories were taught from primary level at every school. Like many "Pakeha" (white) New Zealanders, I had a part-Maori partner - whom I later married. In Perth, however, no-one I spoke to, including white journalists with whom I worked, could tell me what the "Dreamtime" spoken about in aboriginal culture meant. Their demeanour suggested the very questions displayed a lack of taste.
Strange then, that it should have been a Briton who gave me my first insights - to have the boldness both to outline and celebrate the unique richness of Aboriginal cosmology, and to put it in the context of the great nomadic traditions of human life. This is beautifully written, wry and teasing; it respects aboriginality, but shows a lightness of touch rare in this particularly fraught field.
Arguments have been made against this book on anthropological grounds, and on the grounds that no non-aboriginal person should presume to write about such matters. There may be merit in these points of view; I am simply grateful that Chatwin turned his brilliance to this subject. I find this book as illuminating and as life-affirming now, as when I first read it many years ago.
Other books I can recommend, although more prosaic in style, are Geoffrey Blainey's "The Triumph of the Nomads", Henry Reynolds' "Frontier" and "Why Weren't We Told" and the official reports into the so-called "Stolen Generation" and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
There is still a way to go.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Philisophical Travelogue 6. Dezember 1999
Bruce Chatwin's novel traces his search for a definition of human nature among the aboriginal people of Australia. Chatwin's basic tenent is that the human race has adopted a sedentary existence that destroys the creative process and fosters an agressiveness toward our fellow man. While his pitch is certainly difficult to accept, Chatwin writes beautifully and woven into the story are journal entries, observations and quotes Chatwin stumbled across all around the globe that stimulate an intense inner-dialogue. Ultimately, the book will appeal to people who love philosophical thought without the existentialist edge.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Meditation on Wandering 30. August 1999
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The late Bruce Chatwin is regarded as a travel writer, a correct but limited view of his work. This is probably his best book and is only nomimally a travel book. The Songlines describes Chatwin's efforts to understand the central feature of Aboriginal life is Australia. It combines conventional travel narrative with Chatwin's reflections on wandering, nomadism, human nature, and a selection of relevant conversations and paragraphs gleaned from years of reading and traveling. The Songlines examines the clash between hunter-gatherers and industrial civilization, the possible evolution of humans as natural wanderers, and implicitly, the roots of Chatwin's own wanderlust. Chatwin does not announce his ideas but shows them in a series of subtle vignettes; apt quotations, revealing episodes in his travels, thumbnail sketches of conceptions of human evolution. Some of his ideas seem prescient, his suggestion that gathering roots and tubers may have been more important to human evolution than hunting is now being pursued vigorously by anthropologists. Other ideas, such as the crucial role of climate change in Africa at key points of human evolution were popular ideas some years ago and are now controversial. In any case, this is an original, stimulating, and very well written book.
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Although I enjoyed all of Chatwin's other books, I was put off reading this one for many months by the tens of pages of quotes lifted from other writers and dumped in large blocks in the latter half of the book. However when I read the book, I found the quotes added much to the text and gave Bruce's desert wanderings more direction and purpose. I was fortunate to visit Central Australia several years ago and Chatwin's beautiful writing awakened a lot of good memories of that time. The area is enchanting and beguiling and the book reminded me of some of my reactions to the area around Alice. People have criticised his dubious anthropological theories, his blurring of fact and fiction, the portrayal of both black and white people, etc. If you are a serious scholar please go and buy a worthy text book on aboriginal culture....but if like me you just want an intelligent, stimulating, thought provoking book by a wonderful writer for whom spinning a good yarn is more important than hiring a team of pedants to check his facts.... ENJOY!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended for Australia lovers
I read this book for my English class and afterwards it was my friend's and my "duty" to write a presentation about it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 2003 von Wiebke Uhlenbroock
3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow start, but it grows on you
I bought this book because I had heard that Chatwin's writing was lyrical. The first part of the book left me cold; oddly passionless, it was a fairly dull description of traveling... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2000 von UCLAgirl
5.0 von 5 Sternen Much more than a travel book
William James said that to "learn the secrets of any science, we go to expert specialists, even though they may be eccentric persons, and not to commonplace pupils. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2000 von Boris Bangemann
5.0 von 5 Sternen Mind Blowing Insights
I first read this book when it came out in 1987. It completely rearranged my views of humanity as a species & the role of aggression in our lives. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2000 von L. Alper
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Canny Book
What a marvelous book. It draws you in and lets you observe aboriginal Australia in a seemingly detached and unemotional way, yet you find yourself there with him sharing every... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2000 von Richard Bartley
4.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshing!
It does not take an anthropology degree to gain great perspective from the refreshing glimpse Bruce Chatwin has given us into aboriginal Australia. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Januar 2000 von Videogrl
5.0 von 5 Sternen Philisophical Travelogue
Bruce Chatwin's novel traces his search for a definition of human nature among the aboriginal people of Australia. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 1999 von David Rubinstein
I'm an italian reader and i'd like to suggest this book to all the people that love to travel. Is the first work that speaks to a large odiens about the life of native australian... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen If you don't get the space, you don't get the book...
He had this uncanny, indescribable ability to write in such a way that his words and starnge landscapes instantly embed themselves in your consciousness. Lesen Sie weiter...
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