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We learned your words and songs and stories, and never knew you didn t want to hear ours This novel, winner of the 2011 Miles Franklin Award, is set in the early nineteenth century, when American whalers, British colonists and the Noongar people first made contact in the south of Western Australia Much of the novel is set in a period of almost 20 years, and covers a stark change in the relationship between the indigenous and non indigenous inhabitants From their early reliance on the Noongar We learned your words and songs and stories, and never knew you didn t want to hear ours This novel, winner of the 2011 Mil Kim Scott s That Deadman Dance is an intriguing book, a fictionalised account of the friendly frontier in the early 19th century south coast of Western Australia Scott writes from the perspective of his Noongar ancestors as well as detailed research of the journals and records of the period This is a bitter sweet tale of missed opportunities and the inevitability of loss and dispossession shown through the prism of a handful of colourful characters and particularly through young Bobby Wa Kim Scott s That Deadman Dance is an intriguing book, a fictionalised account of the friendly frontier in the early 19th century south coast of Western Australia Scott writes from the perspective of his Noongar ancestors as well as detailed research of the journals and records of the period This is a bitter sweet tale of missed opportunities and the inevitability of loss and dispossession shown through the prism of a handful of colourful characters and particularly through young Bobby Wabalanginy who stands between the two communities Scott gives a sensitive rendition of motivations, misunderstandings and might have beens He masterfully shows the white settlement through the eyes of the Noongar as well as the drive and ambition of European settlers He evokes the beauty and wonder of the landscape Both Doctor Cross and Bobby show another possibility for interaction between the Noongar and settlers I found this a gripping and immersive book, full of hope and sorrow My only cave I don t need to say much about the book itself, because there are alreadythan enough good reviews, both here, and on other forums Put simply, it is the story of what might have been, the story of a clash of cultures, and the story of dispossession When I first finished the book, I felt it was one that every Australian should read But I am saddened by some of the Goodreads reviews sure, not everyone has to like a book, and I agree that this one meandered through time and stories, but it I don t need to say much about the book itself, because there are alreadythan enough good reviews, both here, and on other forums Put simply, it is the story of what might have been, the story of a clash of cultures, and the story of dispossession When I first finished the book, I felt it was one that every Australian should read But I am saddened by some of the Goodreads reviews sure, not everyone has to like a book, and I agree that this one meandered through time and stories, but it is essential to stand back and look at a book like this objectively, to see it in the context of our history, to try to understand what it is telling us By our history I don t just mean Australian history, but the history of humanity How many times have we heard thi Some times, as a reader, I need a bit of a push to read a specific book Usually, this happens with books that I wanted enough to buy but then I struggle to fit it in between library reads and review copies.So it was with this book I bought it last year when I attended a Melbourne Writers Festival session which featured the author, Kim Scott, along with a couple of other authors talking about writing books from the indigenous perspective In this case, Kim Scott is an indigenous Australian, a m Some times, as a reader, I need a bit of a push to read a specific book Usually, this happens with books that I wanted enough to buy but then I struggle to fit it in between library reads and review copies.So it was with this book I bought it last year when I attended a Melbourne Writers Festival session which featured the author, Kim Scott, along with a couple of other authors talking about writing As a European reader, used to novels which are linear in structure, I struggled with this book at first The structure reflects an Aboriginal way of story telling episodic, non linear The narration changes to reflect the perspective of different characters, revealing the White This is the best thing I ve read in ages It s just beautiful So restrained and so gorgeous and so happy and so sad And so odd, in such a charming and incredibly warm way. I live in Western Australia, which is where That Deadman Dance is set I was really looking forward to reading a story about the history of my home about the time that the Traditional Owners of the land, the Nyoongar people, welcomed English settlers in the area that eventually became the city of Albany Albany was a whaling town I remember taking a holiday there the year that the last whaling station closed and That Deadman Dance explores the start of the whaling industry too.Kim Scott ap I live in Western Australia, which is where That Deadman Dance is set I was really looking forward to reading a story about the history of my home about the time that the Traditional Owne &Book ⇞ That Deadman Dance ⇳ Big Hearted, Moving And Richly Rewarding, That Deadman Dance Is Set In The First Decades Of The th Century In The Area Around What Is Now Albany, Western Australia In Playful, Musical Prose, The Book Explores The Early Contact Between The Aboriginal Noongar People And The First European SettlersThe Novel S Hero Is A Young Noongar Man Named Bobby Wabalanginy Clever, Resourceful And Eager To Please, Bobby Befriends The New Arrivals, Joining Them Hunting Whales, Tilling The Land, Exploring The Hinterland And Establishing The Fledgling Colony He Is Even Welcomed Into A Prosperous Local White Family Where He Falls For The Daughter, Christine, A Beautiful Young Woman Who Sees No Harm In A Liaison With A NativeBut Slowly By Design And By Accident Things Begin To Change Not Everyone Is Happy With How The Colony Is Developing Stock Mysteriously Start To Disappear Crops Are Destroyed There Are Accidents And Injuries On Both Sides As The Europeans Impose Ever Stricter Rules And Regulations In Order To Keep The Peace, Bobby S Elders Decide They Must Respond In Kind A Friend To Everyone, Bobby Is Forced To Take Sides He Must Choose Between The Old World And The New, His Ancestors And His New Friends Inexorably, He Is Drawn Into A Series Of Events That Will Forever Change Not Just The Colony But The Future Of Australia 3.5 Stars While, Scott is a gifted storyteller, I wasn t able to connect with his characters The characters all felt sort of superfical to me, like they had no depth This was mainly because there are so many characters and Scott spends a little time telling the background of each one of them They all had unique and interesting stories but I just didn t feel any connection with any of them And I love a good character based story.The main character in the story is Bobby, a Noongar boy, whom t 3.5 Stars While, Scott is a gifted storyteller, I wasn t able to connect with his characters The characters all felt sort of superfical to me, like they had no depth This was mainly because there are so many characters and Scott spends a little time telling the background of each one of them They all had unique and interesting stories but I just didn t feel any connection with any of them And I love a good character based story.The main character in the story i The Deadman s dance is not a terrible book However it also wasn t a very interesting book, at least to me It probably mainly has to do with my lack of interest in Australian history but even a fictional retelling of the first settlement didn t keep my interest Sadly, neither did the characters They were so unbelievable that it was hard to believe they were actually people They didn t have much depth or personality They seemedlike situations rather than actual people.There is however The Deadman s dance is not a terrible book However it also wasn t a very interesting book, at least t