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Title:
The bush : travels in the heart of Australia
Author:
Watson, Don, 1949- author.
ISBN:
9781926428215
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Publication Information:
Melbourne, Victoria : Penguin Group (Australia), 2014.

copyright2014
Physical Description:
x, 427 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 25 cm.
Abstract:
Don Watson, author of the acclaimed American Journeys, on the sprawling, diverse, indefinable land we call bush. A milestone work of history, memoir and cultural critique. The bush: few terms are as powerful, and few as hard to define. Far from a conventional history of it, this is an idiosyncratic, highly original and insightful journey through Australian landscape, history and culture. Don Watson sees the bush in a way that neither romanticises nor decries it, evoking the heroic labour of the white farmers as well as the cost of that labour -- on the Aboriginal inhabitants, on the land, on the farmers themselves. Most powerfully, he probes our legends, from the axeman to the swagman to the grazier, looking deep into the stories we like to tell and those we've avoided telling, in history, literature, art, in the national myth and political debate. The Bush is intelligent, warm, witty, meticulously researched -- full of fascinating anecdote, beautifully written, addictively readable. Its view is at once vastly informed and intensely personal. Don Watson is of the bush himself, having grown up on a farm in East Gippsland. This book is also part memoir, part travel document, his meanderings through Australia acting as a springboard for comment in much the same way as his rail travel did in American Journeys. No one who reads The Bush will afterwards look at this country in quite the same way.
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