The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
The extraordinary Booker Prize shortlisted story of a black man's revenge against an unjust and intolerant society. Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney Australia in 1935. He studied to be a Catholic priest but abandoned his vocation to take up teaching and writing. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including "Schindlers Ark" which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into a successful film.
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Typical white hating liberal viewpoint, in which perceived slights are license to wantonly kill innocent people, including babies. The movie, if you watch it critically, makes it clear that the JImmie character was not a "noble" aborigine, but a not-very-smart child man who doesn't quite fit in to the white society he aspires to join and eventually erupts into a murderous killing spree. I may be in the minority, but I didn't identify or sympathize with the childish and impulsive Jimmie and was rooting for the white "oppressors" to catch him and bring him to a well-deserve justice.
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I've changed my star rating to four, and I think I might up it some more. I'm about half-way in and the novel gets better and better. Wonderful insights and a riveting story. Now I'm finished. Brilliant. Masterful storytelling. Read full review