Mutant Message Down Under: A Woman's Journey into Dreamtime Australia (Paperback)
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Short Description for Mutant Message Down Under Offers a 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 learns how they live and thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals that exist in the rugged geography of the desert region.
- Published: 06 March 1995
- Format: Paperback 192 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781855384842 ISBN 10: 1855384841
- Sales rank: 24,777
Reviews for Mutant Message Down Under
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 Barbara J
Misrepresentation of a culture she knows nothing about
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 Michelle
An Old Friend
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 Pauli McGwin
a great read
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. by Mrs P J Anderson