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The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith

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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 hopes of a future as a farmer married to a white girl.

He did marry a white girl, but the realisation that his children would only be 1/2 aboriginal, and his grandchildren 1/8 , and that he was not really accepted by either race led to embitterment and a final horrific act of violence.

A grim, but worthwhile,  read, and I was so sad for Jimmy, who was swept away by the strength of his despair.

 

I understand that this story was based on the life of a real person.

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