Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Class 9c: "To conclude we can say that all of us liked the book."
am 5. Februar 2017
Review of the Book Rabbit Proof Fence:
This review is written by students of the ninth grade who read the novel '' Rabbit Proof Fence'' in their class. We occupied ourselves for several weeks with the book
and also have written a class test about it. With our achieved knowledge we like to share our opinions about the book. Hopefully this feedback will help you with your decision to buy/read to book or not.
The book is based on a real story so we were excited to read the novel. Before reading the book we discussed the situation between the Aborigines and the Europeans in our class. We found out that the Aborigines have lived for centuries in the Australian country. The influx of pirates and the Europeans created a multitude of half-English children. The government felt obliged to decide what was best for these half castes. That's why they took them out of their families and brought them to schools where they should learn the white men’s way and become decent Europeans. These children are also called the ''Stolen Generation''.
The government built a fence called Rabbit Proof Fence in 1907. It should keep the rabbits out of Western Australia but it did not work at all. Today, the fence is a very helpful landmark for all the people. Moreover it plays an important part in the book.
Owing to that historical appendix we could put ourselves better into the girls’ situation and that's why some of us had many expectations.
Molly's daughter decided that all people in the world should know the story about her family so she wrote this book and it was even made a film. Thanks to her we are all now aware of the brave escape of the girls.
The book points out pretty well the situation of the Aborigines perspective. Although the novel is a bit short it contains the most important information and feelings the reader needs to know. While reading the book we got more and more into the whole situation. Generally it is about three girls who were taken out of their Aboriginal families because they were half-castes. The government brought them to the Moore River Native Settlement where they should learn the European values.
The girls named Molly, Gracie and Daisy wanted to control their own destiny so they ran away though no one ever before them had successfully escaped. The main part of the book is about the time on the run. There are detailed descriptions what the girls have done during their escape and how they handled it. To survive they caught animals, built shelters where they slept in and had to be very careful to leave no tracks the policemen could find. They had to walk over thousands of miles to reach Jigalong, their home. They used the Rabbit Proof Fence as a guide which lead them straight to Jigalong because it runs from north to south. The time on the run was a very difficult and exhaustible time for them. They had always the threat behind them to be brought back to Moore River, the sores on their legs made it even more difficult for them to keep on walking, they had to hunt their food themselves and slept outside in the desert. Over and above there is also a chapter about their time after the escape and what happened to them.
The main characters of the book are of course Molly, Gracie and Daisy, the three half-castes from Jigalong. Molly, who is 14 years old, plays an important role because she is the oldest, an example for the other two and she is the one who leads them the whole time. Her father was an Englishman and worked on the Rabbit Proof Fence. He told her a lot about it that's why she knew it would help them. ''[...],Molly was not like the other Mardu girls she knew much more about the bush and the fence. She had one fixed plan in her head, that she and her sisters going home to Jigalong and nobody was going to stop them." This sentence from the book shows how ambitious she was about getting home and that her knowledge of the bush helped them a lot to survive. Gracie, 10 years old, wasn't convinced about Mollys plan. Several times during their time on the run she wanted to give up. Moreover she was naive enough to believe her Mother was in Wiluna so she went there, was caught and brought back to Moore River Settlement and hasn't even found her Mother. Daisy was only eight years old when she escaped with Molly and Gracie. That's why Molly sometimes carried her. Only Molly and Daisy reached Jigalong because they never gave up and followed their aim. Other characters are for example Moodo the tracker, Mr. A.O Neville the Chief protector of Aborigines and Constable Riggs who took the girls out of their families.
The book is very easy to understand for children at the age of 14 and the use of Mardu words makes the novel very interesting to read.
However a lot of us agreed that the author could have used more adjectives to make the novel more exciting. Futhermore there is a helpful glossary at the end of the book that explains some words you may not understand.
Over and above that were also some pictures of the movie added which were underlain with quotations from the text.
To conclude we can say that all of us liked the book. It is suitable for young people and also for reading in class because of the easy and understandable language. Although it wasn't very thrilling all the time because there was often too much information about the walk and it wasn't written in an exciting manner. However it was interesting to read and explore a true story of the Aboriginal/Australian history. The author wrote very well about the situation of the ''Stolen Generation''. It was impressive to follow the girls on their way back home and we simply felt a part of the story. The book showed us what the government decision has done to the Mardu culture. Moreover we could learn many things from the book ( for example 'Never give up').
Therefore we recommend this book all who are interested in the Australian history. In our opinion ''The Rabbit Proof Fence'' is a good book for the English lessons, book groups and other interested readers. But be careful, the book has a low speech level for collegians or students who study Englisch at universities which is far too low! If you don't fit in that group then buy this book and discover the fascinating story of Molly, Daisy and Gracie!
Things we should learn form the book:
• Never give up!
• No one has the right to control others lives!
• Believe in your dreams and work hard for them!
• No one can seperate you from your family!
• Stand up when you’ve fallen down!
• Love is stronger than education!
• Don't be dependant on other people -> be yourself!
• If you want to, you can reach everything!
• Together we are strong(er)!
• It's important to stick together!
• Don't trust strangers you have never seen before!
• Focus on your aims!
• Family first!
• Help others in difficult situations!
• Don't let anyone stop you from what you like to do!
• All people have the same rights!
Content by class 9c of the Melanchthon-Gymnasium Bretten, written by MoLa and ViBo.