This is a book that reads like a song. Music rings through the book, woven through the traditional language used throughout the book. Although there is a glossary for the language, I found that most the time I didn’t need to use it. Instead, I let the words fall over me, finding that I knew what the author was telling me, without needing to translate it into ‘my language’.
Although it might be a song, it’s not always a happy one. Mazin Grace is about life, but not a particularly pretty one. It’s a life where food can be scarce and acceptance is scarcer. Where fear is a constant – fear of people leaving, fear of being taken. It’s a world that seems so remote from my own safe upbringing – my fears were imaginary, Grace’s are very, very real.
Although Mazin Grace was sad, and at times gut-wrenchingly confronting (and you must read the author’s note at the end), I was left with a feeling of hope – hope because stories like this are entering our consiousness, that writers like this are making long lists for awards, that books like this are available – easily – to readers like myself who don’t always find it easy to go to small or specialist book stores.
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About the Author
Dylan Coleman is a Kokatha - Greek woman who grew up in Thevenard, on the far west coast of South Australia. She has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide, where she teaches Indigenous health, and her short stories have been published in Southerly and various anthologies. For over twenty years Dylan has worked across Aboriginal education, health, land rights, and the Arts, with a focus on Aboriginal community engagement and social justice. Dylan lives on the outskirts of Adelaide with her partner and son. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B009K90WQY
- Publisher : University of Queensland Press (1 August 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 872 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 264 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 431,084 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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