Tequila Mockingbirdbooks Meet #32

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Tequila Mockingbirds says
Hey Birders!

It's bring a mate to bookclub month! We've gotta celebrate getting through the first half of the year, we're over the hump, so let's inject some love back into TMB's and bring a new mate to bookclub! This month we're into Alexis Wright's 'The Swan Book' and this one should provide some rich discussion.

'The Swan Book is set in the future, around the time of
Australia’s third centenary, with Aboriginals still living under
the Intervention in the north, in a country fundamentally
altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute young
woman called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrolsniffing
youths, from the displaced community where she
lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and
thousands of black swans, to her marriage to Warren Finch,
the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation
to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded
and lawless southern city. The Swan Book has all the qualities
which made Wright’s previous novel, Carpentaria, a prizewinning best-seller. It offers an intimate awareness of the
realities facing Aboriginal people; the energy and humour
in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the
remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn
from myth and legend and fairy tale, has Oblivia Ethylene
in the company of amazing characters like Aunty Bella
Donna of the Champions, the Harbour Master, Big Red
and Mechanic, a talking monkey called Rigoletto, three
genies with doctorates, and throughout, the guiding
presence of swans.

About the Author

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the
southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books
include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant
Creek, and the novels Plains of Promise and Carpentaria,
which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian
and Queensland Premiers’ Awards and the ALS Gold
Medal, and has been published in the US, UK, China, Italy,
France, Spain and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow
in the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society
Research Centre. '

This review is an exerpt from a study guide found @ http://www.giramondopublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/TSB-Reading-group-notes.pdf
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By: Tequila Mockingbirds