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Book Title: Walkabout|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 12.81 MB
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The author of the book: James Vance Marshall
Edition: Belmont Productions
Date of issue: 1971
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Movie tie-in, illustrated with photos
A plane crashes in the vast Northern Territory of Australia,
and the only survivors are two children from Charleston, South Carolina, on their way to visit their uncle in Adelaide. Mary and her younger brother Peter set out on foot, lost in the vast, hot Australian outback. They are saved by a chance meeting with an Aboriginal boy on walkabout, who teaches them to find food and water in the wilderness, but whom Mary can’t bring herself to trust.
Though on the surface Walkabout is an adventure story, darker themes lie just beneath. Peter’s innocent friendship with the Aboriginal throws into relief Mary’s no longer childish anxiety, and together raise questions about how Aboriginal and Western culture can meet. And in the vivid descriptions of the natural world, we realize that this story—a deep fairy tale in the spirit of Adalbert Stifter’s Rock Crystal—must also be a story about the closeness of death and the power of nature.
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Read information about the authorPseudonym of Donald Gordon Payne.
He lives in Surrey, England, and has four sons and one daughter.
The Children, later known as Walkabout, though published under the name James Vance Marshall, was actually written by the English author Donald Gordon Payne as were a number of Payne's later works for children. The Children and other works were apparently based on Marshall's travel notes and diaries, and in the case of The Children, Marshall may have drafted the work. Marshall claimed the work as his own during his lifetime while Payne has also claimed it as his own. Following Marshall's death, and with permission from the family, Payne continued to publish novels for children and adults using Marshall's name. There has been confusion about the status of the works in numerous sources.
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