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Mutant Message down under [Paperback]

Marlo Morgan
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Aug 1995
A fictional account of an American woman's four-month odyssey through the Australian Outback with the region's native people shares a message about living in harmony with the world around.

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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060926317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060926311
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A powerful book. A beautiful tale of a woman's mystical journey" -- Marianne Williamson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is a wiork of fiction inspired by my experiences in Australia. It could have taken place in Africa or South America or anywhere where the true meaning of civilisation is still alive. It is for the reader to recieve his or her own message from my story.

Born empty handed,
Die empty handed.
I witnessed life at its fullest,
Empty handed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 7 July 2002
By zenja
theres actually alot of contraversy about the origin of the information in this book and whether its fiction or fact.its a simple but fascinating account of one westernised womans journey into the outback of austrailia,whwere she is a guest of the Real People from them she learns a totally different way of life and meaning of life itself.I found it really interesting to have my mind challenged by the way they lived (and still continue to?). Its certainly a refreshing and insightful alternative to our materialstic ,dualistic and goal obssessed culture..i really enjoyed the sequel too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars captivating but only if it's real 22 July 2011
This book is very captivating, mainly because the story is so incredible. It has little literary value and I would not have bought it or read it if I thought it was fiction. Upon finishing the book I did some research and found out that there is reasonable doubt about most of the story and the author has pretty much admitted making most of it up. I now feel conned and disappointed. Writing a book as a seemingly realistic account of facts that have been invented simply in order to "sell" one's world view is seriously sick. It's a machiavellian practice that one would expect from political propaganda or those out to start a sect. If you want to write fiction, why not write it honestly and openly, making it absolutely clear that yours is an invented story. And if you cheated because you wanted your story to be taken more seriously, then pause a while and reflect on the fact that that's precisely the point of differentiating between fiction and reality: readers take fiction with a grain of salt as they know it to be the product of the author's opinions and fantasy, and that's a good thing! If the author is clever, original, inventive and refreshing, I will reflect on the story and may alter my world view as a result. By conning the reader into thinking that your fiction was reality, you broke the reader's trust and destroyed any positive impact that your story may have had.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it matter if it's "true"? 27 Nov 2008
When a friend lent me this book, recommending it, he mentioned the controversy around it. I looked up the author on Wikipedia and read the scathing commentary, which almost put me off reading the book. I'm glad my curiosity prevailed, because it's worth reading. The book conveys some important messages about the way Western "civilisation" needs to recover our connection with the natural world, and it does so with great poetic simplicity.

The Wikipedia entry makes it sound as though this is a bit of corporate marketing literature, when it is quite the reverse - and the author is a natural writer: there are some really beautiful passages and perfect descriptions (for example, describing the rare sight of heavy rainclouds: "Occasionally we could even walk under the big overhead shadow, catching the same view an ant might see from the sole of a boot").

If books such as Robert Lawlor's "Voices of the First Day" are taken as a reference point, then it's not inconceivable that a tribe exists that lives in this way. In a way, though, does it matter? Although the outrage about cultural misappropriation is understandable, the heart of this book is clearly sincere, and if it's fictional then it is only employing a well-worn literary device that goes back at least as far as the Bible.

This book may well be a consolidation of the wisdom of various indigenous cultures, from Aboriginal to Native American, but distilling that wisdom into such a direct and beautifully written story is probably just what the doctor ordered when it comes to guiding a way out of the mess we've made - which we urgently need to do, for the sake of our planet and our species.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should alter your perspective on life 14 Oct 1999
By A Customer
This book puts everything into perspective. It provides a philosophy on life that it is hard to disagree with. An American woman meets her "twin spirit" in the Australian Outback and discovers the real meaning in her life, and managed to persuade me that the Aboriginal "religion" or philosophy of life can, could and should be promulgated round the planet. It ties in humanity with the rest of the natural world. It makes the brutality of Western culture all too evident, but in a non-judgemental way. A brilliant book, that is enjoyable even if read as fiction, but really contains a message of vital importance to humanity, and especially Western society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She goes on the journey so we don't have to.. 12 April 2002
A lady goes from America to Australia to meet with some Indigenous people and the book is the story of an amazing and life-changing journey she unexpectedly goes on with them. I was captivated by this book and felt as if I was on the journey with them. Although a 'mutant' she is accepted by the people and they teach her all sorts of things about life. The book was passed to me by a friend and then I passed it on, each reader had written a message inside front page - you might want to share this book & keep it going round!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Remembering deep essense of what it is to be human - I do not see the experiences of 'the Real People' as exclusive to them. We can all wake up and live in the moment with a concept of 'forever' in all our actions. This book changed my life in getting to feel what it really is to be free, responsible and alive!!! It's an honour to learn about these very special people and be inspired by them. I read it non-stop in an afternoon. I recommend it to everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful
A can't pour down book hat evokes deep philosophical thoughts. The native Australian peoples have it all sorted. We the 'modern'21st century men are so shallow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Woolley
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book about the maori culture
I found this book very interesting. It tells the tale about the authoress who gets the chance to go on a walk about with a group of maoris and learn about their culture.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs S Galvin
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I loved this book. Amazing to think how we could and should be living. I highly recommend this great book.
Published 4 months ago by JL Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has many hidden messages
Although this book was not written to the highest standards, it does however offer hidden gems about the possibilities that we as human beings have. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barney Rubble
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, moving, interesting
I have read this book 3 times over several years, and each time feel the underlying truth of this account of a courageous journey. Beautiful and inspiring
Published 5 months ago by Leila (Abinari) Mitchenall
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a beautiful and inspirational book about a lady who went on a walkabout with Australian aborigines. It is a fictional account with implications that it is a true story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
First hand knowledge hiding behind fiction. People should read this book to get a feeling as to how it is like to be living close to the earth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elen Kirkaune
5.0 out of 5 stars The knowledge
Inspiring and also humorous. One can find knowledge of a cult we should not ignore. Or any for that matter.
Published 9 months ago by J J
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy
Read this book many years ago and it was one of a number of books that inspired me to grow and change. Just re-read and enjoyed it just as much. Read more
Published 9 months ago by baz
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and educational
I love this book and had given as a present my own copy so needed to replace. Very inspiring and thought provoking. Read more
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