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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This article needs additional citations for verification. The King sliced him As I wandered through some special place no one else ever gets to see, I passed a beautiful woman wearing a sheer top that revealed her round breasts and small, pert nipples.

One by one, he had watched the young men go, or go to pieces. The stories contained landmarks, and were meant to be sung at a walking pace of about songlibes mph. View all 3 comments.

The Songlines

Chatwin asserts that language started as song, and in the aboriginal Dreamtimeit sang the land into existence for the conscious mind and memory.

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.


Going back to Cain and Abel, myths and archeology point out that ever since man first pursued a sedentary life and created the villages and monuments we prize in museums, there has continued to exist the nomadic people who just songkines b Chatwin invests everything in this moving account of his research into the Songlines of Australia.

I can’t think of a better introduction to a place.

See 1 question about The Songlines…. Dec 20, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: A very dear friend of mine bought me this book. We journey in search of him through the fictions he put up as defences.

I read to just read, not because I like what I am reading, which at this ssonglines in my life defeats the purpose of it all. The book takes an interesting turn just past the half-way mark when Chatwin as his own character is holed up in his caravan due to the rains and decides to finally tackle his “Paris” or moleskin notebooks: Oddly enough, there are no close brushes with death in The Songlines, which I can only assume was an oversight.

For example, between chapter 14 and 15 there’s a beautiful creation myth. Bruce Chatwin’s book is ostensibly an examination of snglines Australian Aboriginal notion of the Songline: View all 19 comments. I had never heard of songlines before reading this book – the fact that I’ve lived in Australia for most of my life and did not know this perhaps says as much about me and as much about the life of a white person in Australia as it does about anything sontlines.


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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. I never considered geography as song, btuce I stumbled through the bush recreating the Dreamtime with this chap. Nov 03, Joseph Mckenna rated it it was amazing.

The impression is organic, but of course a book is a created thing, designed to create a reading experience. Everything else is background.

As co-conspirators in his fiction we partake in the deception of ourselves. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 14, Bloodorange rated slnglines really liked it Shelves: This reminded me of a Nicolas Rothwell book of short stories, Quicksilverwhich I read last year and reviewed: There’s plenty of information about the Mabo case, but I like the history here.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. And of course it brjce help when you read in other reviews that vhatwin had the habit of inventing some of the stuff he wrote about also in other books.

Chatwin’s worldview, based on Rousseau and amateur anthropology, does not appeal to all and the book has been controversial for his sometimes-fictitious accounts of the Aborigines.