- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1532817894
- ISBN-13: 978-1532817892
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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Tales from Ma's Watering-Hole: dedicated to refugees and immigrants Paperback – April 23, 2016
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About the Author
A prolific prize-winning writer of short stories and prose poetry, Kaye Linden holds an MFA in fiction. She is widely published. Visit her works at www.kayelinden.com
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In reading these stories, the author disappears and it is Ma herself who takes the stage. Linden has done well in hiding the nuts and bolts of the authorial toolbox. This is not a trivial thing, and many writers fail at it.
My only quibble has little to do with the stories, but with the context. The book is targeting a North American audience, where the displacement of aboriginal peoples has been studied and is well documented in both scholarly and official documents. As an American, I know nothing of the displacement of the Australian First Nations, beyond the very brief mention included in Linden's introduction. A bibliography, or a somewhat extended introduction (with a few citations), would go far to eliminating this ignorance, and add credence to the stories themselves.
a differnt culture. Easy reading, something to kick back with and get away from the mundane.
Collin the heckler’s jaw dropped. He grabbed his head and smiled. “I think I got it,” he said. “Let’s show ’em all from the roof that we’re one people—Jews and blacks, city folk and Maori, jackeroos, and jillaroos, slaves and owners, ancestors and descendants. Everyone’s the same. Let’s sing it to the skies.”
Take my review with a grain of salt if you wish.
Kaye Linden's stories are richly imagined, crisply written, and worth your time and money. In the title character, Ma, Kaye has created a character who belongs to the urban world as much as the outback, and who reflects not so much aboriginal culture as original culture, the culture each of us invents for our own purposes from the material of the world we happen to have been born into. Come on in for a drink, a story, and a character who makes her own rules and invents her own forms of magic.
I love this book.
Linden's Tales... is akin to to the ninth grade Language Arts theme of ancient Gods and Heroes. She takes this theme and extrapolates it; the ancient world is superimposed onto a present-day setting. The two are bridged. It is what we see in larger-than-life animated movies de-hyperbolized into an anthropological study. Ultimately, it speaks to Linden's love of country and its enduring culture.
I've read most of the reviews for this book on Goodreads and Amazon and people seem to really love it. I just can't really say that I absolutely LOVED it but I didn't hate it either. I am going to give it 4 stars because as I said it was very well written and unique but as my grandma would say... Not really my cup of tea!