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  • Title: Walkabout
  • Author: James Vance Marshall
  • ISBN: 9780140312928
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • A plane crashes in the vast Northern Territory of Australia,and the only survivors are two children from Charleston, South Carolina, on their way to visit their uncle in Adelaide Mary and her younger brother Peter set out on foot, lost in the vast, hot Australian outback They are saved by a chance meeting with an Aboriginal boy on walkabout, who teaches them to find foodA plane crashes in the vast Northern Territory of Australia,and the only survivors are two children from Charleston, South Carolina, on their way to visit their uncle in Adelaide Mary and her younger brother Peter set out on foot, lost in the vast, hot Australian outback They are saved by a chance meeting with an Aboriginal boy on walkabout, who teaches them to find food and water in the wilderness, but whom Mary can t bring herself to trust Though on the surface Walkabout is an adventure story, darker themes lie just beneath Peter s innocent friendship with the Aboriginal throws into relief Mary s no longer childish anxiety, and together raise questions about how Aboriginal and Western culture can meet And in the vivid descriptions of the natural world, we realize that this story a deep fairy tale in the spirit of Adalbert Stifter s Rock Crystal must also be a story about the closeness of death and the power of nature.
    Walkabout A plane crashes in the vast Northern Territory of Australia and the only survivors are two children from Charleston South Carolina on their way to visit their uncle in Adelaide Mary and her younger

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    1. School required reading Which is surprisingly engrossing.I m going to be honest here, I actually did enjoy this quite a lot I know, for some people reading for school makes a book less fun for them because of all the analyzing every little thing, quizzes on every chapter etc etc, but for me when my teacher explains all those little things about the book, it s actually interesting I like it when my teachers ask us those pointless questions about the book and I absolutely love answering the questi [...]

    2. This novel was written by Donald G Payne by 1959, who used the pseudonym James Vance Marshall, in honor of a man who lived in the outback of Australia and collaborated with Payne in its creation Walkabout did not receive much attention until 1971, after a movie based on the book, but not faithful to it, was released, to critical acclaim.Eleven year old Mary and her eight year old brother Peter are residents of Charleston, South Carolina who find themselves stranded after their Adelaide bound pla [...]

    3. Walkabout was the very first book I was ever assigned for school I remember very little of the discussions my class had about the book, but vividly recall almost every page of the book itself I m surprised at people saying nothing happens in the book because in my mind, each plot point and each detail of Peter and Mary s interactions with the bush boy stand out clearly even 17 18 years after I read it Mary clucking like a mother hen around Peter, the bush boy teaching the city kids to get water [...]

    4. With themes of nature and survival, this book set in the Australian outback is both vivid and intense, and as the two stranded siblings start to trust their new friend, it becomes a story about friendship and growing up.

    5. This was a lovely transport to somewhere new and unexpected, the writing is effective, the setting well described, and the story comfortingly linear But there is a seam of racism that grows deeper than the language darkie and pickaninny are troublesome, to say the least The author acknowledges a difference in cultural interpretations that describes each character s actions, perhaps the author s effort to disrupt racist stereotyping, but it all lays on a foundation of salvation from the savage th [...]

    6. 5 7 This was a set book for literature in about Year 9 Thinking about it now, over a decade later, after only reading it that one time, I m surprised at how many details of the plot I remember I didn t love it or hate it, landing at either end of the rating scale usually being the best way to make a book memorable The just okay books, of which Walkabout was one from what I remember tend to be the ones I forget I m interested to see if I get out of this than I did as a 15 year old To be continue [...]

    7. Walkabout is a story of diversity, three children s experience of life through great diversity culturally, environmentally, racially and rite of passage, death is also addressed The arid desolate, barren land of Australia s Northern Territory is vividly described explaining the difficult surrounding Mary and Peter contended with, while bush boy was one with nature, again contrasts tying the story together Sturt Plain, where the aircraft had crashed, is in the centre of the Northern Territory It [...]

    8. Brother and sister were products of the highest strata of humanity s evolution In them the primitive had long ago been swept aside, been submerged by mechanization, been swamped by scientific development, been nullified by the standardized pattern of the white man s way of lifeIt was very different with the Aboriginal He knew what reality was He led a way of life that was already old when Tut ankh amen started to build his tomb Walkabout, pp 25 26 Noble savage sacrifices self to save civilized w [...]

    9. I thought I had read this as a child or teenager, but I had a clear idea of the ending that turned out to be wrong, so I must have misunderstood what happened at the end when I was younger I knew two children were alone in the desert of central Australia because of a plane crash Anyway, that s how it starts and fortunately for them they meet a native Australian boy on walkabout who helps them find water and food.However, it s not a sunny little story of how kids are blind to racial differences T [...]

    10. I m not entirely sure why I read this book Maybe because it was reissued by NYRB, and I find it difficult to pass up their titles used I bought this book at Barnes Noble If you live in the Twin Cities and find yourself in possession of a Barnes Noble giftcard, I highly recommend checking out the HarMar location They have used books Wonderful, glorious used books Not the best selection and not particularly well priced, but used books nonetheless Walking in to HarMar it s fun to breeze past those [...]

    11. Walkabout is a classic book about two American children who become stranded in the Australian outback after a plane crash They are rescued by an Aboriginal boy who teaches them how to survive in this difficult climate It is a short, easy read that is written for children, but I think this powerful book deserves an adult audience too.Walkabout was first published in 1959 It reads like an Australian classic, but was actually written by an English author who spent time studying the country The desc [...]

    12. This was a short, mildly enjoyable book Throughout most of the story almost nothing happens, except for the death of the bush boy, and it continues that way until the end of the book The first half was thoroughly captivating but along the way it got way too repetitive in its descriptions of the Australian outback though very well written , and it didn t really feel like it was going anywhere It had a good message about cultural differences and acceptance but Marshal could have taken it a bit fur [...]

    13. This was a very enjoyable read There were so many life lessons in such a small book Language and race is only a problem when one allows it to be a problem When one is taught that it is a problem One must learn for themselves the meaning of what life is supposed to be When this is done, only then will unity, love and peace exist.

    14. My first introduction to Aboriginal culture and Australia in general I first picked this book up in the 4th grade and have very fond memories of reading it 5 times That s how spellbound I became with this book and till today though I look at it with new eyes and understanding, it yet still holds a fond place in my heart.

    15. Good read for children Concise yet there is a lot of detail about their surroundings and the characters are very believable Their dialogue, actions and reactions are age appropriate and culturally realistic.

    16. Read in the early Seventies I love the Nicolas Roeg film, too, even though it changes some plot essentials.

    17. It s short that s a plus A plane crashes and two children boy 8 girl 13 have to make their way through the outback to civilization Along their way an aboriginal boy 13ish on a vision quest right of passage sort of journey into manhood encounters them and saves their lives by showing them how to survive They walk from one waterhole to another which can get monotonous and then we walked, and then we found food, then we slept, then we walked, and then It s an easy read, not uninteresting Nice comme [...]

    18. Loved it, a heart warming story about the lives and trails of two children in the outback after their plane crashes and they are the soul survivors

    19. I think it s unlikely such a book would be written today view spoiler It s a snippet of their story there s no official beginning , with the airplane crash, nor end when they get home with very short chapters, and yet it had a strange power hide spoiler It s obvious the author knew Australia very well, and amazing how much description he managed to cram into such a short book, without it feeling intrusive Instead, it s almost as if the children themselves are turning their heads, taking everythi [...]

    20. At the time I read this, I didn t make a connection with the Burke and Wills expedition I was once told a story about an Aboriginal man who showed up in an abandoned settlement during WWII, and, finding nobody there, led his family through the Outback to another settlement, arriving with all well fed and healthy His guide Old stories told around campfires in his childhood.Burke and Wills, on the other hand, died from having arrived at their appointed rendezvous a mere 9 HOURS too late If they ha [...]

    21. Zwei wei e Kinder treffen im australischen Outback auf einen Aborigine Jungen, der ihnen hilft, in der Wildnis zu berleben Er zeigt ihnen, wie man Feuer macht, Essen findet und f hrt sie zu Wasserl chern Der Aborigine befindet sich gerade auf dem Walkabout, einem traditionellen Ritual der Mannwerdung.Zum einen wird die australische Landschaft mit ihrer faszinierenden Tier und Pflanzenwelt beschrieben, zum anderen treffen zwei v llig verschiedene Kulturen aufeinander zwei wei e Kinder aus der ers [...]

    22. Had never heard of this novel until reading review in NYRB, which I gather is actually the Intro to new NYRB edition Siegel s intro also comments on a film version of the novel, which, though it sounds interesting in its own right, departs in some significant ways from the book but then, don t they all or most but that difference only highlighted the appeal of the novel Sounds like another literary resurrection from NYRB worthy of our celebration and gratitude and another cool cover, which shoul [...]

    23. Four star rating for a few reasons 1 The book is a memorable one from when I was in school, and was so different than anything else I had read at the time 2 The book contains some excellent wildlife descriptions lyre bird scene is great and I would recommend checking out youtube footage if you cannot picture it and 3 While the whole noble savage aspect of the book is anachronistic among other things , it is probably one of the respectful portrayals of Australian indigenous peoples at the time o [...]

    24. This short novel is notable for its really remarkable descriptions of the Australian landscape, as well as the sheer sadness and loveliness of the central storyline I found Marshall s overall style to be a bit heavy handed at times the contrasts drawn between the Aboriginal boy and the American children who are named Peter and Mary, leaving me to assume that the Aboriginal is the sacrificial Christ figure here, of pure goodness, dying for the sins of civilization were hardly subtle Still, for al [...]

    25. Lovely idea of children rescued in the Australian Bush by Aboriginal boy But very dated writing very patronizing towards the boy, very ridiculously English American children, and very romanticized version of children and Australia both The book wants to be a psychological study, a travel guide, an allegory, and a moral fable The best parts are when it just wants to be a story There aren t enough of those.

    26. I am glad that I didn t dismiss this book as a children s book The untold eeyorish story between the lines is disturbingly dark and ends abruptly of course the story itself is a 50 year old adventure story for children, but coupled with the impressive description of the aboriginal outback, the story has a dreamy dark texture which i absolutely loved I am intrigued as to how the Lord of the flies fandom missed this one.

    27. This is the story of an Aboriginal boy s walkabout and two American children lost in the Australian bush When they meet, Mary and Peter learn about the desert They follow the boy to food and water Now they have finish their journey home

    28. An unusual story about an american girl and brother lost in the Australian outback and the aborigine they meet.

    29. Beautifully illustrative of the aboriginal outback, beautiful imagery and a simple classic story for young adults I would have loved if this was longer.

    30. First of all, I wish I didn t read the introduction for this edition NYRB Classics , because it gave away some major plot points, so warning to all those who have that same edition This short novel was interesting two young American children crashed in the desolate Australian outback on their way to Adelaide and must somehow survive a long journey to the nearest civilized place They eventually come across an Aboriginal boy, who feels a sense of obligation to help the children survive in this to [...]

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