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captivating but only if it's real,
This review is from: Mutant Message Down Under: A Woman's Journey into Dreamtime Australia (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 28 May 2014 02:13:51 BDT
Evie Miles says:
The book made me angry. Fact or fiction, I didn't think the tribe she writes about came out in a very good light! The only positive I can take away, is her helping the young aborigine man at the end. Maybe this was to be a kind of Carlos Castaneda book. I agree with the comments above!
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