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The Swan Book
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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The new novel by Alexis Wright, whose previous novel Carpentaria won the Miles Franklin Award and four other major prizes including the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award. The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, 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 Wrights previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning best-seller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild 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.
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Lindy
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These homeland brolgas casually walked into any house without fear, gently prancing off the ground with spread wings, and stealing food they plucked straight from the kitchen table in a casual leap. No one cared less about what brolgas did as creatures that belonged there, with every right to have a bit of food—and who would harm a brolga anyway?
(Internet photo of a brolga)

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Lindy
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Mother Nature? Hah! Who knows how many hearts she could rip out? She never got tired of it. Who knows where on earth you would find your heart again? People on the road called her Mother Catastrophe of flood, fire, drought and blizzard. These were the four seasons, which she threw around the world whenever she liked.

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Lindy
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A number of authors were invited to share their best books of 2021 in The Guardian. Wole Soyinka started off by talking about himself: “I sometimes suspect that I was actually found abandoned in a tree, adopted and raised as a family secret.” Which struck me because I‘m reading the tagged book by Alexis Wright and it starts off with an abandoned girl found in a tree. (Looking forward to Soyinka‘s pick too: Elif Shafak.)

Singout Thank you! Lots here to add to my wish list. 14mo
Lindy @Singout Me too. I can‘t resist these end-of-year best lists, even though my TBR is already huge. 😊 14mo
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Lindy
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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I owe the fact that I am alive today to a swan. But anyhow, my story of luck is only a part of the concinnity of dead stories tossed by the sides of roads and gathering dust.

DrexEdit oOoOO! That's a terrific word! 😍 14mo
Lindy @DrexEdit I love it too. Never before encountered. 😊 14mo
Suet624 Fantastic. 14mo
Lindy @Suet624 I must try to use this word in conversation… I don‘t want to forget it. 14mo
dylanisreading What a lovely new to me word. Thanks for sharing! 14mo
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Gillyreads
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Pleased my January haul hasn‘t actually added anything to my tbr. It is my goal for the year to always read books the month I buy them so it at least stops growing.

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Gillyreads
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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Made a stop off this morning to spend some of my Christmas vouchers.
Alexis Wright is my favourite author, but initially I read most of her work through the library, so I‘m working on adding her backlist to my shelves.

LeeRHarry I‘ve never read anything by this author - where would you suggest I start? Thanks 😊 2y
Gillyreads @LeeRHarry sorry missed your question before! I‘d probably start with this one. My favourite is Carpentaria but it‘s a massive book that a lot of people struggle to get through. She has also written some excellent articles that you could find on google. 2y
LeeRHarry @Gillyreads thanks - will add it to the list for Aussie April😊 2y
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AntoinetteBuchanan
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This is a difficult book. Excoriatingly allegorical

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holarosarita
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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Surprise! I didn‘t make it past the first page. Heavy subject matter + dense prose = it‘s a no from me dawg

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holarosarita
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Reading a book about Australia while my boss is in Australia. For my #ownvoices book set in Oceania. #readharder2019

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Laughterhp
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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Alright, I‘m ready for #24B4Monday - I got my book stack and my Witch Please mug ready for #PopJarGame

I‘ve already pulled my first slip, but I NEED NEED NEED to finish the other 2 books this weekend! Hopefully I can spend most of the weekend actually reading!

BeansPage ❤️❤️❤️ your mug 😍 4y
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 4y
Traci1 Awesome mug. 😍 4y
MoonWitch94 I 🧡 Your Mug 😱😊 4y
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LapReader
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Love it when the library has a book sale! These are from Toronto.

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The45Girl
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This is one of the best novels I have read this year. I read at the beginning of the year and I still think about it. It has no direct dialogue and the effect of this is quite eery and unsettling. The futuristic novel is a must-read for anybody who wants to know more about Indigenous Australia. I‘m not summarising the novel well but it‘s just as well, so that you can all read it yourselves to find out. This is a novel that deserves to be read.

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Sue
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Happy #NAIDOC ! I‘ve been listening this this one and am mesmerised by Wright‘s writing.

#becauseofherwecan
#aussiesrule2018

JazzFeathers Sounds really intriguing. And l love that cover! 5y
JennyM What a cover! 5y
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TheSloanRanger
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Cinfhen Pretty photo 5y
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MrBook
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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#TBRtemptation post 4! Set in a future altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute aboriginal woman, Oblivia, who lives in a swamp with thousands of black swans and eventually becomes Australia's First Lady to its first aboriginal president. Magical realism ensues with a talking monkey, PhD genies, the guidance of the swans, and other elements. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

MariettaSG Alexis Wright!!! (edited) 5y
Lauren_reading That cover is so pretty! 5y
Leniverse @LaurenReads That cover is giving me vertigo! 😂 5y
bookish.mum So pretty 👌 5y
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ultrabookgeek
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright

I rarely DNF a book - I will put down a book for a few months and then go back to it when I'm in between books. I can only remember 1 true #dnf and that's The Swan Book - no idea what was going on. It just keep repeating the same parts of the story and it was lyrical beautiful but too dense.

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ultrabookgeek
The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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This book had lovely, complicated writing but the repetition of the story stopped me from making any progress. Maybe one day.....

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Hooked_on_books
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This book is just too abstract for me. I must bail. But can we talk about this cover?!? Good lord, this is gorgeous. It's the work of Aboriginal artist Gloria Petyarre. I encountered her art on a trip to Australia 6 years ago and am still kicking myself for not buying one of her paintings. I find her pieces mesmerizing.

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aeeklund
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"He was a child, but his mind was already laden like a museum, where old and new specimens, facts and figures, lived together as evidence of his own personal history." (The Swan Book, by Alexis Wright, US release June 28, 2016)

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UnderTheRadarBooks
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I will read more galleys. I will read more galleys. I will read more galleys.

BookishTrish What's this one about? 7y
Knowledgelost That's an old book, get ready for some weird Australian fiction 7y
ultrabookgeek I am chanting the same thing - read the galleys you get!! 7y
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