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The Songlines

songlines bruce chatwin penguin books 1987The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin, 4/5

A semi-fictitious scholar named Bruce (who, in sharing the author’s name, not-so-clearly provides literary license) explores the concept of “Songlines” or “Dreaming-tracks,” a musical interpretation of geography by which Aboriginal Australians understand the creation of the world and their place in it.  Vivid characters and landscapes, described in short paragraphs with Chatwin’s succinct prose, have the power to transport the reader almost as surely as any vehicle to foreign lands.

Why I read it: I recognized the title in the thriftstore from reading Chatwin’s In Patagonia.

The Wit’s Dictionary

The Wit’s Dictionary by Colin Bowles, 2/5

Some funny stuff scattered through a lot of unfunny stuff.  Also, very Australian, crass and surprisingly anti-Christian.  I would suggest reading Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary and giving this book a pass.