The Songlines by Bruce ChatwinThe Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

The Songlines

byBruce Chatwin

Paperback | June 1, 1988

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Bruce Chatwin-author of In Patagonia-ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aborginals' ancient "Dreaming-tracks." Along these timeless paths, amongst the fortune hunters and redneck Australians, racist policemen and mysterious Aboriginal holy men, he discovers a wondrous vision of man's place in the world.
Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was the author of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill, The Songlines, and Utz. His other books are What Am I Doing Here and Anatomy of Restlessness, posthumous anthologies of shorter works, and Far Journeys, a collection of his photographs that also includes selections from his travel notebo...
Title:The SonglinesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 1988Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140094296

ISBN - 13:9780140094299

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A marvellous look at music, language and the world A wonderful book - connecting and interconnecting people throughout history and the world. A lovely analysis of how language, music, the nomadic way of life all work together to make us who we are. The book stays with me after many years - the premise is one which resonates with me daily. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Date published: 2007-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Chatwin! Bruce Chatwin's Songlines is his finest work of travel literature representing an extraordinary life as a traveller and writer. The story recounts his travels across Australia and the characters he encounters along the journey. As the master of modern travel literature, Chatwin weaves excerpts from his travel notebooks into his narrative. These excerpts themselves,stories within stories, are the real gems of Songlines. Together, they leave the reader with exquisite storytelling and a telling story of Chatwin's nomadic, well-travelled life..
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Songlines A tremendous tale about the Australian outback, combining elements of memoir, history, science and phiosophy. The Aboriginals of Australia speak of songlines as "dreaming tracks" and a "labyrinth of invisible pathways." Chatwin's discussion of the origins of humankind, communication, and the need to understand where we have come from and where we are all going, complement the central focus of the book - the instinctual human desire to wander.
Date published: 1999-03-09

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Join Bruce Chatwin on his journey into the darkest regions of Australia in The Songlines as he follows the invisible traces of the Aboriginal peoples across the outback. Part adventure story and part philosophical essay, this extraordinary book is a quest for the source and meaning of man's restless nature, and it humourously explores the human impulse to wander and to explore. Don't miss this exciting book, one of the author's last before his tragic and untimely death in 1989.

Editorial Reviews

"A blend of travelogue, memoir, history, philosophy, science, meditation, and commonplace book...Chatwin's astonishing style captures the metamorphoses of his own 'Walkabout'....He takes the travel genre beyond exoticism and the simple picturesque into the metaphysical."—The Boston GlobeThe riches of The Songlines are varied and artfully stashed. Chatwin's physical journey over Australia's parched hide corresponds to his intellectual excursions, which are full of surprising turns."—Time"No ordinary book ever issues from Bruce Chatwin. Each bears the imprint of a dazzingly original mind."—Newsday