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Walkabout by James Vance Marshall


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Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
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Jan 17, 2012 | ISBN 9781590174906

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“A haunting little idyl in the same vein as A High Wind in Jamaica and Green Mansions tells of two children, a boy and a girl, sole survivors of a plane crash in the Australian bush. Their fragile veneer of modern culture clashes with the primitive soul of a black bush boy who is making his tribal ‘walkabout’ –a half-year’s solitary journey in the wilderness to test his fitness to be a member of his tribe.” —Time

“A small classic, pared down to the bare bones. Many will not only enjoy it, but long remember it.” —New York Times

“[Walkabout] is to Australians what Robinson Crusoe is to the English.” —The Philadelphia Enquirer
“[Walkabout] is pared down to its bare bones, like the ancient life in the desert, but if it is simple, it is not oversimplified, and it does not hesitate to face, honestly and unsentimentally, the questions it raises. . . . There will be many who not only enjoy it, but long remember it.”
—Elizabeth Janeway, The New York Times

A “much-acclaimed novel set in the Australian Outback” —Publishers Weekly
“This is a choice little tale which will have devoted admirers. It discloses a rare beauty of human relationship among three children in a strange predicament on the crust of the earth.” —Newsweek
An “Australian-outback classic” —Booklist
“Very tender, very touching, and sketched out with no sign of strain. The descriptions of the Australian bush are first-rate.” —New Statesman (London)
“A deeply-felt book, filled with information about desert flora and fauna.” —Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A sensitive and restrained tale which implies some pointed truths about the values of our civilization . . .” —The Critic
“Marshall is one of Australia’s greatest unsung, unread, and unappreciated writers. He wrote all his life in an innocent, simple, colloquial style. His stories were fables straight from the Australian earth.” —Herald

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