Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines? “Epic of Gilgamesh” is Google’s answer to “what is the oldest known literature”. The Songlines. by Bruce Chatwin. pages, paperback, Penguin, The Songlines is a beautiful meditation on the importance of travel to knowledge and . 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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Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links. Jun 03, Rebecca rated it did not chatwun it Shelves: If I was to give this book a rating today it would be a very low one, but possibly my reasons for this could justify rating it very highly as well view spoiler [ but since I don’t rate books on the whole this is neit Despite the title this isn’t really a book about the Australian outback, it is another book about Bruce Chatwin.
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He knew his water. Did they find something to admire or abrogate the memory of the place which was missing in my own observations? Some may consider his views a little arrogant, but this does not detract from their scope.
I should set down on paper a resume of the ideas, quotations and encounters which had amused and obsessed me; and which I hoped would shed light on what is, for me, the question of questions: Different members of the same family can belong to different clans, so these are not clans in the conventional tribal sense. He was frightened and very upset. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Dec 20, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Still, The Songlines is an excellent contribution to the ethnographic record of Australia’s native people.
I underlined almost the entire copy.
The impression is organic, but of course a book is a created thing, designed to create a reading experience. The book is wildly original; simultaneously a thoroughly entertaining travelogue and also an almost stream of consciousness exploration of history, psychology, natural history, and more.
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: The real song would have named each waterhole the Lizard Man drank from, each tree he cut a spear from, each cave he slept in, covering the whole long distance of the way. The Songlines is, on the surface, an auto-biographical travel narrative. I read to just read, not because I like what I am reading, which at this point cyatwin my life defeats the purpose of it all. Set in Prague, the novel details the life and death of Kaspar Utz, a man obsessed with his collection of Meissen porcelain.
This is the sort of treacherous climate that periodically forced aboriginal peoples to migrate to find food and water — songoines die. Dec 22, Simona songlinea it it was amazing. Along these “roads” they travel in order to perform all those activities that are distinctively human—song, dance, marriage, chahwin of ideas, and arrangements of territorial boundaries by agreement rather than force.
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Feb 14, James rated it liked it Shelves: This is a book that is a personal response to whatever it is for white people to think about nomadic peoples with layers of meanings. The narrative Bruce’s clumsy attempts to interrogate the Australian aboringine’s sacred knowledge smacks of neo-colonialistic cultural tourism.
Chatwin was an English travel writer in the mold of the highly educated, multi-lingual amateur, who could write about all manner of things historical, cultural, anthropological, architectural, linguistic and so on, with great eloquence and wit, and a dash of devil-may-care daring thrown in for good m Written a generation ago, in the ‘s, The Songlines has achieved considerable fame in the world of travel literature.
Pre-colonial Australia was the last landmass on earth peopled not by herdsmen, farmers, or city dwellers, but by hunter-gatherers.
If I was to give this book a rating today it would be a very low one, but possibly my reasons for this could justify rating it very highly as well view spoiler [ but since I don’t rate books on the whole this is neither here nor there hide spoiler ].
A very dear friend of mine bought me this book. The idea of songlines is fascinating, that by learning a song you are learning a map that might be enough to show you the way half way across a continent. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
There is one obvious reason why this should be so. He knew which plant attracted game.
Whether he got his facts straight about the whole concept, I don’t know. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. That you could learn a song and that would be enough to guide you across such a distance seems utterly remarkable to me. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin pages, paperback, Penguin, The Songlines is a beautiful meditation on the importance of travel to knowledge and culture.