True Country

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Fremantle Press, 2000 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A young school teacher is posted to a remote Aboriginal community, and through his experiences, his encounter with the local people, his discovery of the history of the community, his own history and his Aboriginality are revealed.
Like many others in the novel, Billy is struggling to find a meaningful cultural identity and to create a better future from the wreckage of the recent history of Aboriginal people. What he finds at Karnama is a disintegrating community, characterised by government handouts, alcoholism, wife-beating, petrol-sniffing and an indifference to traditional beliefs and practices. It is a depressingly familiar litany of social problems which confirms the smug racial stereotypes of the white community to which Billy initially belongs.
True Country offers no clear-cut solution to the realities of powerlessness. What it leaves us with is Billy's vision of the 'true country' which he shares with the unnamed Aboriginal narrator in the final pages of the novel.

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User Review  - Rebecca Evans - Goodreads

This is a beautifully written book in which the narrative (other than the traditional Aboriginal Welcome) begins with Billy, slowly incorporating more voices of those around him until there is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - S'hi - Goodreads

Through many voices past and present, embodied and ethereal Kim Scott explores the terrain we are all still wanting to claim as out own, yet cannot hold by mere words. From the first stumbling ... Read full review

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Kim Scott is a descendant of the Wirlomin Noongar people. He was the first Indigenous author to win the Miles Frankling Award, for Benang, and his most recent novel, That Deadman Dance, won the 2011 Miles Franklin Award, the South-east Asia and Pacific Commonwealth Writers Prize, The ALS Gold Medal, the Victorian Premiers prizes for literature and fiction and the 2010 Western Australian Premiers Award for Fiction.

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