- Publisher: THORSONS
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 16mm | 160g
- Publication date: 6 March 1995
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1855384841
- ISBN 13: 9781855384842
- Sales rank: 17,150
"Mutant Message Down Under" is the gripping fictional account of the spiritual odyssey of an American woman in Australia. Summoned by a remote tribe of nomadic Aboriginals to accompany them on a walkabout through the outback, she makes a four month long journey with the 'Real People', as the tribe calls itself. During this time she learns how they live and thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals that exist in the rugged geography of the desert region. She faces daily tests of her endurance, and these challenges ultimately contribute to a profound personal transformation. "Mutant Message Down Under", an underground bestseller in its self-published edition, recounts a unique, timely and powerful message for all humankind: that it is not too late to save our world from destruction, if we learn to respect all living beings and to live in harmony with the earth. "The story of a courageous woman who walked with the Aboriginals and learned the wonderful secrets and wisdom of an old, old tribe. Things we all need to learn in our modern society: to get back in touch with nature, to trust and have faith in our inner knowledge and guidance." - Elisabeth Ka Bler-Ross "A powerful message for all of us. I was hypnotised by the simple truths and spiritual lessons. Read it and tell everyone you know to do the same." - Wayne Dyer.
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Marlo Morgan is a retired health-care professional. She lives in Lee Summit, Missouri. Her first novel, 'Mutant Message Down Under', was a 'New York Times' bestseller for thirty-one weeks and was published in twenty-four countries.
By Barbara J 07 Mar 2014
Yes, there is controversy surrounding this book regarding the authenticity and historical basis of Australia and its indigenous people, the Aborigines. I will concede to that, wholeheartedly.
However, that said, it is a contemporary fiction piece that is beautifully written, moving and touching, often funny and I could not put it down the first time I read it. Like another reviewer, I recommend it often to friends and have loaned it out many times, which is why I am here, yet again, buying another copy.
What I consider a great book is how I *feel* at the end of it. If I feel love, compassion, humor, if I smile, laugh, cry, ponder different perspectives, marvel at the movement and flow of the words--painting a different world for me, wishing and wishing that it would NOT end....then yes, I call it a great book.
And Mutant Message Down Under is a great book.
By Michelle 21 Nov 2013
A 1 star rating because 0 was not an option
The author of this book has never been to Australia. As an Australian I am insulted by much of the information in this book. The Australian Aborigines were so angry with her, a group of elders went to America to force an apology from her. She eventually had to admit it was all made up, much of it based on her interpretation of Native American traditions and nothing to do with Australian Aboriginal culture at all.
In fact nothing in this book represents the Indigenous People's beliefs of this country. So many taboos are breached in this book, it is hard to know where to begin with how wrong it is. If you are looking for spiritual insights from an Exotic people from a far away land, this is not the book for you. In fact, you will be hard pressed to find it anywhere. Save your money and give this book a wide birth.
By Pauli McGwin 12 Mar 2012
I read this book many, many years ago and it was an instant favorite! I have recommended it to many friends over the years. After discussing this with another friend a few days ago, I was going to reread it and then pass it along to her, but alack and alas, my copy is GONE! I probably loaned it out to someone else and forgot about it. So I am buying a new copy. It seems to be one of those books where, each time you read it you discover some new twist you didn't notice before.
By Mrs P J Anderson 26 Aug 2010
This book was recommended to me, and what a good recommendation. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. An American woman goes 'walkabout' with the last surviving members of an Australian Aboriginal tribe. The 'message' applies to all people, especially those of us who live in so-called civilised countries. It gives a completely new outlook on global warming and climate change as well as showing a completely different way to think about this world we live in.
Morgan's originally self-published fictional account of her trek with Aborigines in Australia's outback has already sold over 370,000 copies. But that hasn't stopped HarperCollins from picking it up and printing more. During her travels with the Aborigines, Morgan learns their customs, and she believes that she has come to a deep understanding and appreciation of their culture. The conflation of fact with fiction, and the assumption that the distinction doesn't matter, is bothersome. In any case, it's the old story: An earnest person strides out into the world and returns - a New Age prophet glowing with the wisdom of indigenous cultures - to tell us that we are living life out of balance. (Kirkus Reviews)