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Song of Australia by [Crabbe, Stephen]
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Length: 157 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Song of Australia puts the reader in the shoes of remarkable characters confronting the difficult life of the home front during the First World War

German-Australians are the largest minority group in the nation as it joins the rest of the British Empire to fight against Germany. How are they to deal with the sudden hostility of their neighbours and the Government? Amid immense suffering caused by conflicting adults, gifted child-musicians want to help the world. An adolescent boy in Adelaide, ‘City of Churches’, believes Christianity is the way to peace. It’s hard to worship with people who believe God wants him to fight—and perhaps die—in war, for the sake of the British Empire.

Exploring timeless themes, Stephen Crabbe’s three connected stories bring to life the state of South Australia in the first years of Federation

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Yellow Teapot Books (21 August 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Crabbe's trilogy of short stories, 'Song of Australia' explores the conundrum of pacifism versus violence in a time of war reflected through the experiences of South Australian citizens of German heritage during the First World War (1914-18).

The linked stories are told with skill and sensitivity, revealing the development of the characters as they grow in awareness across the series.
The poignantly different perception of events as seen through the eyes of children and adults respectively, echo the social development of the society around them.
'Song of Australia' encompasses the dawning of feminism and the gathering awareness of social cohesion as South Australia and the characters progress through the formative years from isolated colony to the wider recognition of identity as part of a nation during the early years after federation, leading to the adoption of federalism (and the Song).

I loved the description of South Australia's southern bushland, redolent with the sights and sounds reminiscent of Hans Heysen's iconic paintings from the same era and beyond. One could smell the eucalypts and hear the pervasive song of magpies throughout.
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Having written a couple of WW1 novels, I was interested to read a story with a different view than those written in the UK.And I wasn't disappointed. This story tells of a country tamed by settlers of different nationalities, and how nationalistic views can raise their heads in time of crisis. With well rounded characters and an in depth story i wished this book might be longer, yet it filled all of my expectations. A great piece of writing by an accomplished writer, i would highly recommend this book. Very well done, Stephen Crabbe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Words and Music 9 February 2014
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Song of Australia is a collection of three linked novellas. Australians of German origin suffer discrimination as war stirs patriotic feeling and a war mentality. The Fischer family are forced to change their name, leave judgments of small town life and move to the city. Violence and abuse are heaped on mild citizens who see themselves as Australians.
Music is a secondary theme. In the first story, Magpies and Mendelssohn, the handicapped child Neddy cannot learn by conventional methods, but music bypasses his difficulty. He is helped by Elsie, a gifted child pianist, who befriends the boy until she is forced to join her German family in the city.
The second story follows the same themes as suitable words are sought for an Australian anthem. Elsie's musicianship and her friend Edwin's intellectual bent cause them to ponder suitable sentiments for the song, until in the end they discover that music alone, without any words, has more power to inspire and unite a population. Finally, Edwin's story unfolds as he struggles to define his values as conscription looms. Edwin is ambivalent, realising his views as a conscientious objector alienate him from his family and the girl he fancies. Edwin does not resolve his ambivalence. Like many of us, he tends to hide his views, worrying over how to reconcile incompatible facts.
The author has produced a sincere message concerning discrimination. His language is nicely chosen and visual, with small pictures such as 'the huge thighs of Moreton Bay Figs', or 'squabbling ducks flay the water with their wings.' He uses musical analogies to convey mood. I enjoyed this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Value of Courage Is Timeless 24 October 2013
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"Song of Australia"

The author's love of music and education find full expression in a tale of coming of age in the outskirts of the British Empire during WWI. Australia is the setting for a rather different view of what the typical feelings young people were expected to have been in that time and place.

The first half of the story takes a on a theme that I thought would appeal to those who love music and how it relates to their lives and interests. The characters are interesting, but they generally seem to lack passion. The young age of the main characters likely shielded them from the growing hate that was hanging over them.

I thought the author fearlessly shows the hypocrisy of the clergy in matters of loyalty to God and country. The political and religious changes forced upon those of German origin are the driving influences in the story.

If the reader can stay with the story till the second half of the book, the story gets much more compelling. The maturing characters are now showing their true feelings, and the pace of the story takes on momentum.

I am an author, and I have written my own historical fiction novel. This does not make me literary expert, but I recognize a technically well written book in "Song of Australia."

James A. Wright
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real Glimpse of History with Contemporary Implications 6 March 2014
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Stephen Crabbe's book is a delight to read with character development and depth. The historical aspect is real and the characters come alive and in so doing bring to life the sub-text. These South Australian stories are set against a background of the First World War and reactions to war, relationship, race, fear, hope and the future. And it is through the telling of these stories that the reader can also connect personally as well as relating to the contemporary Australian experience. Well crafted and well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful trip into the past. 9 August 2014
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Song of Australia is a book which pulls forth memories and gives a fascinating view into the past. The story takes the reader through a range of emotions with hope blooming in the background. The characters are very real, the settings quite vivid, and the atmosphere nostalgic for the good within people in spite of the bad. I highly recommend this story for anyone looking for a truly enjoyable trip into the last century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than I was expecting! 26 October 2014
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I admit I bought this book out of curiosity, and an element of patriotism, but I devoured it because it was such a damn good story. Even if you're not an aussie, you will find Song of Australia hard to put down. Try it!

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