Mutant Message Down Under: A Woman's Journey into Dreamtime Australia Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Mar 1995
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"A powerful book. A beautiful tale of a woman's mystical journey" -- Marianne Williamson
From the Author
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,
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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.
However I cannot recommend this book. Having done research into the author and aboriginal peoples, it is almost entirely made up. The author visited Australia for a few months and worked in a pharmacy. She brought back tea tree oil and began selling it. This started as a story she told to sell more tea tree oil. The story grew and grew until she realised people were excited by the idea of learning aboriginal secrets, so the wrote this fictional book. Plans to publish it were originally canceled due to protests by aboriginal peoples. If you google about it you can find plenty of well researched reasons why most of it is fabricated, even details about the land, let alone making up a fake tribe that has very little culture in common with the tribes that actually lived in the areas she claimed to have visited. The reason that it DOES matter is that this woman has made a lot of profit off of exploiting our ignorance of real, living, aboriginal cultures. We should be learning from THEM, not from a charlatan outsider. I will not forgive someone for telling lies about people just because the lies are "nice", because she is stealing their voice. Let them speak for themselves and share their culture on their own terms instead of using them to spice up your writing to sell more books.
If she had been honest and written a book about her spiritual ideas without making up stories that spread misinformation about Australia and the peoples there, then I would have no problem with it AT ALL. Just because we want it to be true doesn't mean we should pretend it is and defend trickery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is written as a work of fiction in order to protect the aboriginal tribe concerned, but based on the real life experiences. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cherryl
Although the author has stated this is a fiction, she claims it isn't and she only said that to protect the aboriginal people she supposedly spent time with. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Janine
I really enjoyed this book. It is not an amazing book but it's worth reading.Published 1 month ago by Stefano Solinas
A beautiful book. I wasn't going to buy it because I wasn't sure about the title but long story short - a fantastic story, great life lessons and didn't want it to end.Published 1 month ago by Ms. J. Whigham
On one level this is a compelling and inspiring book, a great read, with some wonderful insights. It is also a genuine tribute to aboriginal people in that MM's love for them... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is profound and amazing. It makes the reader really think about how much knowledge what we have lost in Western "civilisation"Published 4 months ago by Ms. Helen Dawn Eames