Singing the country afresh: book review of "Carpentaria" by Alexis Wright, Giramondo, Artarmon, NSW.

Torre, Stephen (2008) Singing the country afresh: book review of "Carpentaria" by Alexis Wright, Giramondo, Artarmon, NSW. LiNQ, 35. pp. 142-146.

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[Extract] On the cover of Alexis Wright's 2007 Miles Franklin Award winning novel is a photograph of the Leichhardt River flowing to the coast through several s-shaped curves. Superimposed on this is a tattoo of the Rainbow Serpent also curved in sympathy with the river. It's an appropriate image because this novel, more than any other I have read about Indigenous life in Australia, foregrounds a mythic and spiritual understanding of the land, its origins, and the place of humans in relation to it.

Item ID: 5424
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
Keywords: Alexis Wright; Carpentaria; indigenous culture; Northern Australia
ISSN: 0817-458X
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2009 23:34
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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