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Rabbit-Proof Fence Paperback – November 20, 2002
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Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter. Rabbit-Proof Fence, her second book, is now a major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh.
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Molly and the two younger girls, sisters Daisy and Gracie run away from the school within days of arriving with only the clothes on their backs and no provisions. They amazingly manage to survive using their native skills in hunting and finding clean water and later strangers who give them food and clothing. Somehow, partly due to the rain and partly to their skills at hiding they manage to evade the police and the trackers sent to find them. Molly is familiar with the rabbit proof fence that runs the length of the state and knows if she can find that then they will just need to follow it home.
Although told simply, this incredible story of tenacity and survival is powerful in portraying the devastation of white settlement on Australia's Aboriginal communities, first by depriving them of their land and the ability to feed themselves and then by allowing a paternalistic government to deprive them of their mixed race children.
The only negative aspect of this story was the fact that it was rather short, which I found disappointing.
I am giving the book 4 stars, but would give the story 10 if I could. The writing is okay - but its really the story itself that deserves to be read. The Lost Generation of Australia has been swept under the rug for decades & in literature is grossly misrepresented. This stealing of children from their families lasted into the 70's when my mother was living & working there.
We (I am a dual citizen of Australia & the USA) stole their children, their lands, their women, their culture & their language, yet this book at face value is one of adventure & the enduring human spirit. The feeling of injustice this book may awaken is not a result of browbeating, or lectures contained within the text, but a manifestation of our own humanity & guilt.
I would encourage anyone wanting to understand Australian or Aboriginal culture more deeply to read this book
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Slow and did not keep my interest