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By Bruce Chatwin

ISBN-10: 0140094296

ISBN-13: 9780140094299

The overdue Bruce Chatwin carved out a literary occupation as particular as any writer's during this century: his books integrated In Patagonia, a fabulist go back and forth narrative, The Viceroy of Ouidah, a mock-historical story of a Brazilian slave-trader in nineteenth century Africa, and The Songlines, his attractive, elegiac, comedian account of following the invisible pathways traced through the Australian aborigines. Chatwin used to be not anything if now not erudite, and the monstrous, eclectic physique of literature that underlies this story of hiking around the outback supplies it a resonance present in few different fresh commute books. A poignancy, to boot, for the reason that Chatwin's premature demise made The Songlines one among his final books.

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The boy was shrieking blue murder and frothing from the sides of his mouth. The baker dug me in the ribs. 'I come from Salamanca,' he screeched. ' Someone else shouted, 'The Boongs are fighting,' although they weren't fighting - yet. But the drinkers, jeering and cheering, began shifting down the bar to get a look. Gently, almost with a caress, the Aboriginal man tipped the boy's glass from his hand, and it fell and shattered on the floor. The boy stooped, picked up the broken base and held it like a dagger in his palm.

We sat in silence for a minute or two, and then he said, dreamily, 'Yes;it's a lovely place to be lost in. ' He jumped to his feet. 'And now,' he said, 'I simply must go ! It's been very nice talking to you and I'm sure we shall talk again. ' to everyone he passed. I rejoined Arkady and Marian. ' he asked. ' 'Bloody good barrister,' he said. ' 'I'll be off now,' I said. 'Don't move. I'll look in at the office tomorrow. ' 'You're not going yet,' he said. ' 'Who's that? ' 'Dan Flynn. ' He pointed towards the bearded Aboriginal.

Bring a chair,' he said. ' I fetched the chair I had been sitting on and sat down beside him. 'Sorry I was a bit sharp,' he said. 'You should see the nutters I have to deal with. What are you drinking? ' T H have a beer,' I said. 'Four more beers,' Flynn called to a boy in an orange shirt. The boy went eagerly to get them. Flynn leaned forward and whispered something in Goldie's ear. She smiled and he talked. White men, he began, made the common mistake of assuming that, because the Aboriginals were wanderers, they could have no system of land tenure.

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