Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines? “Epic of Gilgamesh” is Google’s answer to “what is the oldest known literature”. The Songlines. by Bruce Chatwin. pages, paperback, Penguin, The Songlines is a beautiful meditation on the importance of travel to knowledge and . The publication of Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines in transformed English travel writing; it made it cool. For the previous half century, travel.

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The Songlines

Seldom is there a book that strikes at the core songlies your being. Jan 15, Gordon rated it really liked it.

Both books scattered, personal and flawed, but the testaments of inquiring minds. The travel book is pretty good, too. Along with In Patagonia, this is one of Bruce Chatwin’s two best-known works.

Only the italicized chapters let me down, partly because they seemed to pull the book This book is three things: Most of the notes had nothing to do with Australia, and a clear connection never formed between the notebooks and the book’s topic.

She was beginning to wonder whether language itself might not relate to the distribution of the human species over the land. In aboriginal belief, an unsung land is a dead land: Lists with This Book. Chatwin vaga nell’outback alla ricerca di aborigeni disposti a far conoscere i propri segreti al pallido inglese, avido di leggende e curioso.


He also related the travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans. Dec 14, Bloodorange rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 17, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it really liked it Shelves: Chatwin makes use of an unusual technique: Un po’ romanzo, un po’ saggio, un po’ autobiografia, un po’ libro di appunti e riflessioni. When he arrived, he left the newspaper with a telegram: Since Chatwin was an art expert from his early years working at Sotheby’s auction house, he was particularly at home in writing howlingly funny stories about these encounters, as suitable background stories were quickly whipped up by artists and dealers to satisfy the demand of clients for a good, colorful, yet deeply symbolic tale to go along with their newly-acquired art pieces.

Footprints of the Ancestors

Eighty or a hundred thousand years? The book is wildly original; simultaneously a thoroughly entertaining travelogue and also an almost stream of consciousness exploration of history, psychology, natural history, and more. Once phrase would say, ‘salt-pan’; another ‘creek-bed’, ‘spinifex, sandhill, mulga scrub, rockface and so forth.

With time, however, Chatwin managed to learn about their meanings from tribal members — with the proviso that he would keep their secrets.

The chances were he’d recognize the melody at once–just as we would the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata–but the meaning of the worlds would spnglines him. Moreover, as he insists this book is a work of fiction, I cannot grasp why he didn’t write anything more interesting than this plotless book. There are many words used to describe different Aboriginal groups, but each has a different emphasis on who belongs to it.


Any relevant experience or research that might add to his examination of man’s inclination towards a life of migration versus the sedentary life if carefully included. We do not often ask these questions today for we commonly assume that living in a house is normal and that the wandering life is aberrant.

He knew where there cnatwin tubers underground.

The Songlines – Wikipedia

He was fascinated by the idea sonnglines songlines around the world that tell the story of t 4. Aug 07, Chris Kaeff rated it it was amazing. In other world, by naming all the ‘things’ in his territory, he could always count on survival. I am in love with the structure of this book; initially, it describes a series of encounters with black and white Australians living in the nearly uninhabitable Central Australia. The impression is organic, but of course a book is a created thing, designed to create a reading experience.

Instead, it was the English, island people, who came with their insular ways, thinking only of colonial settlements in Sydney. And it went off on a path that had nothing to do with the rest of the story, or title for that matter!