In this extraordinary book, Bruce Chatwin has adapted a literary form common until the eighteenth century though rare in ours; a story of ideas in which two. In the summer of I completed my book The Songlines under difficult conditions. I had in fact picked up a very rare fungus of the bone. The publication of Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines in transformed English travel writing; it made it cool. For the previous half century, travel.

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Most of the notes had nothing to do with Australia, and a clear connection never formed between the notebooks and the book’s topic. He does not mention the crimes perpetrated by white Australians on the blacks – the massacres, the unpunished killings, the taking away of children to ‘reeducate’ them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Only the italicized chapters let me down, partly because they seemed to pull the book This book is three things: The character Arkady refers to Australia as “the country of lost children”. Or something like that. To end, a great book; only thing I found jarring was the sudden shift from the narrative of his travels to the philosophical inquiry into his notebooks.

The Songlines

The truth was perhaps just a little too prosaic for Chatwin. Chatwin was an English travel writer in the mold of the highly educated, multi-lingual amateur, who could write about all manner of things brce, cultural, anthropological, architectural, linguistic and so on, with great eloquence and wit, and a dash of devil-may-care daring thrown in for good measure.


View all 19 comments. How much is first-hand experience, or researched or simply imagined, I have no idea.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Bruce Chatwin is all around, and his seemingly easy way to gain the confidence of the Aboriginals wasn’t really credible to me. He had agreed to travel with Chatwin and act as intermediary with members of the Aborigines that they might encounter on the quest. Along these lines Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past.

Since Chatwin was a hell of a traveler who roamed around to some of the world’s most exotic and inaccessible places, and was also a well-read man with a strong intellectual streak, his notebooks are in fact pretty fascinating even if disjointed. That’s Shit Dreaming,” hhe guide replies and breaks into hysterical laughter. Some of the cyatwin is loosely relevant to the book if The Songlines is viewed under the the larger theme of nomadic peoples; some of it is interesting but largely irrelevant, such as his rambling discussion of paleontologists’ discoveries about the evolution of early man.

Oct 24, Marc rated it did not like it Shelves: This amazingly insightful and brilliantly written book examines the dusty centre of Australia and the invisible Songlines brucr criss-cross it. Chatwin paints a vi The Aborigines’ way of navigating, communicating and negotiating by ‘Songlines’ is absolutely intruiging, and I thank this book for shedding some light on this subject.

When Bruce and Arkady pull up in the Toyota to meet people who are scheduled to meet them to visit the next community, they find the people asleep in the heat of the day. Chatwin invests everything in this moving account of his research into the Songlines of Australia. There is one obvious reason why this should be so.


Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidahwhich he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa.

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Views Read Edit View history. To clarify, because I suspect I have just made a strange and confusing statement, I bryce normally read travel literature which deals with places I have already visited because I want a back up opinion from the author. Bruce Chatwin’s book is ostensibly an examination of the Australian Aboriginal notion of the Songline: I never considered geography as song, until I stumbled through the bush recreating the Dreamtime with this chap.

La vita religiosa di ognuno di essi aveva un unico scopo: Reading this book we are not objective observers of the words on the page instead the author uses the format of travel writing and the illusion of reportage to engage us in the narrative.

Le vie dei conti sono percorsi che attraversano l’intera australia, disegnando una ragnatela di percorsi all’interno nell’outback, ogni percorso ha la sua storia, ogni uomo ha il suo canto, ogni canto ha il suo sogno. Does that then change your opinion chagwin hindsight, but not just the hindsight of a year Indeed after Chatwin’s death it came out that parts of In Patagonia had been either invented or substantially misrepresented.