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I read The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, and posted a review, back in 2008 but, like many threads from back then, it was wiped out in one of the Crashes we experienced around that time.I can only recall the barest details, so I hope that others who have read this book will come along and fill in more details and correct anything that i have misremembered. Jimmy Blacksmith was half Australian Aboriginal and half white European. Because of his light skin he had greater access to European life than most, and came under the care of a Methodist minister and under his influence developed h
Austin North is an English teacher, determined to make poetry relevant to his pupils. He is under no illusions that he could have been a poet himself – he knows he could have had the same experiences as the great WWI poets and written nothing more profound than a postcard home. But he still loves his subject and wants to share that love with the kids. Blackberries is a strange story about cultural values and expectations. Austin is well used to resisting improper relationships; he is happy at home and seems to be competent at work. Yet there’s something missing. Maybe it’s not composing poetr
I have just started reading this book and wondered if anyone was in the same position and wanted to discuss it. To paraphrase the blurb on the back: Oskar Schindler was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur who became a saviour. He risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Germany and was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy. Started it this morning and getting sucked in. Only problem is I have to go to work... roll on lunchtime!