- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: University of Queensland Press; 1 edition (19 September 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780702233555
- ISBN-13: 978-0702233555
- ASIN: 0702233552
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Doris Pilkington’s traditional name is Nugi Garimara. She was born in 1937 on Balfour Downs Station in the homeland of her Mardu ancestors. As a toddler she was removed by authorities from her home at the station and committed to Moore River Native Settlement, from which she escaped. She is the author of Home to Mother and Under the Wintamarra Tree.
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This book was very poorly written. It was unorganized and confusing and I had a very hard time getting into it. It took half of the 160 pages to even get to the story of the girls, and then it raced through their escape and return home. The book was so jumbled that I was sure it was written by a child. There is no plot development, no character development.....it was just a jumbled mess. The author switched back and forth between using Aboriginal words and English words, but never really takes the time to explain what the Aboriginal words meant. She wrote it as if all readers would know what she was talking about.
Just poor. Don't bother.
Molly and the two younger girls, sisters Daisy and Gracie run away from the school within days of arriving with only the clothes on their backs and no provisions. They amazingly manage to survive using their native skills in hunting and finding clean water and later strangers who give them food and clothing. Somehow, partly due to the rain and partly to their skills at hiding they manage to evade the police and the trackers sent to find them. Molly is familiar with the rabbit proof fence that runs the length of the state and knows if she can find that then they will just need to follow it home.
Although told simply, this incredible story of tenacity and survival is powerful in portraying the devastation of white settlement on Australia's Aboriginal communities, first by depriving them of their land and the ability to feed themselves and then by allowing a paternalistic government to deprive them of their mixed race children.
I listened to this story as an audio book instead of reading it. There were times when I felt reading it would have been better as some areas were harder to follow.
Reader warning - this is often a difficult story to hear as it covers a difficult topic.