The Songlines

The Songlines

Book - 1988
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A story of ideas in which two companions, traveling and talking together, explore the hopes and dreams that animate both them and the people they encounter in Central Australia's almost uninhabitable regions.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1987
ISBN: 9780670806058
0670806056
9780142422571
Branch Call Number: 919.4046 CHATW CHATW
Notes: "First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin Inc. 1987; published in Penguin Books 1988"--Title page verso

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kingy3
May 29, 2017

Meryl Streep likes this book!

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mclarjh
Jan 26, 2017

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

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tonyalanjeffers
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.
WARNING!
The descriptions of the Aborigine's manhood initiation ceremonies are very graphic and shocking so be prepared for that.

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JackPurcell
Mar 31, 2015

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

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Tater
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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