Rabbit-Proof Fence

by Doris Pilkington | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780786887842 Global Overview for this book
Registered by auweia of Ober-Ramstadt, Hessen Germany on 9/26/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by auweia from Ober-Ramstadt, Hessen Germany on Saturday, September 26, 2009
Written by Doris Pilkington, the daughter of the oldest girl, Molly, the story traces the traumatic uprooting of the three sisters from their community in Northwestern Australia. Following a government edict in 1931, black children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and brought to settlements where they were to be disciplined to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. The three sisters, Molly, Gracie and Daisy quickly planned an escape from the Moore River Native Settlement with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, hard cold beds and horrible food. Solitary confinement was doled out as regular punishment and they were forbidden to speak their own language. The girls headed for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretches over 1000 miles through the desert toward their home. Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers. Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.

Journal Entry 2 by auweia at BücherBox in -- Per Post/Persönliche Weitergabe--, Hessen Germany on Thursday, October 01, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (10/2/2009 UTC) at BücherBox in -- Per Post/Persönliche Weitergabe--, Hessen Germany



into the bookbox less-than-150-pages, enjoy it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, October 21, 2009
This looks to be a touching book, couldn't resist!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I'm of two minds about this book. I learned a lot about the way the aboriginals lived and were treated by the Australian government in the early 1900s, but the literary merits of the book are few. It reads more like a collection of not-very-well-written essays than a memoir. The cover blurbs present the book as "The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time", but in fact the story of the girls' escape only covers a fraction of the book and, what's more, it is written in a way that's very long-winded and not very interesting or exciting at all. Also, the actions of the girls as well as of many of the other characters are poorly motivated. Things just happen and people make life-altering decisions with seemingly very little forethought or reasoning. Disappointing.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnnimanniwing at Aussie Bar in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/2/2011 UTC) at Aussie Bar in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland


I'm going to leave the book outside the bar, near the entrance.

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