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According to the aboriginal beliefs somewhere in the ocean, there are the islands of the dead The Anglican mission tries to help the aboriginals who prefer to go their own way but sometimes their ways cross And there, in the mission, is an old, tired of futility and disenchanted in life missionary And he hasmemories than if he d lived a thousand years And the mirror was broken, the wooden shutter of the window broken Broken, broken He saw himself as a great red cliff, rising from the According to the aboriginal beliefs somewhere in the ocean, there are the islands of the dead The Anglican mission tries to help the aboriginals who prefer to go their own way but sometimes their ways cross And there, in the mission, is an old, tired of futility and disenchanted in life missionary And he hasmemories than if he d lived a thousand years And the mirror was broken, the wooden shutter of the window broken Broken, broken He saw himself as a great red cliff, rising from the rocks of his own ruin I am an old man, an old man J ai plus de souvenirs que si j avais mille ans And this cursed Baudelaire whining in his head like a mosquito, preaching despair How does a man grow old who has made no investment in the future, without wife or child, without refuge for his heart beyond the work that becomes too much for him And one day, after the tragic events, the old missionary decides to embark on his final journey to the islands of the dead And To the Islands is the story of his last quest through the wilderness, through the accidental encounters, through his memories, contemplations, fears, doubts and misty hopes Why try to save me he demanded Who cares This world this world s a grain of salt A grain of salt in an ocean No microscope is strong enough to see me No camera is fast enough to catch me between birth and dying Even if an unavoidable destiny of every man is to depart for the faraway islands beyond the clouds the life on the earth continues [[ E-PUB ]] ⇠ To the Islands ↛ A work of mesmerising power, against a background of black white fear and violence, To The Islands journeys towards the strange country of one man s soul Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia s north west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn out Anglican missionary Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness, searching for the islands of death and mystery I read To the Islands for the Classics Challenge which I like to complete using all Australian titles In this case, the book is also a Miles Franklin winner, taking out the prize in only the second year of the award, and when Randolph Stow was only 22 In some ways Stow s novel reminded me of Graham Greene s writing There is the same interest in the ambivalent moral issues of the modern world, and the central character Stephen Heriot is a flawed hero, an Anglican missionary worn out by the opp I read To the Islands for the Classics Challenge which I like to complete using all Australian titles In this case, the book is also a Miles Franklin winner, taking out the prize in only the second year of the award, and when Randolph Stow was only 22 In some ways Stow s novel reminded me of Graham Greene s writing There is the same interest in the ambivalent moral issues of the modern world, and the central character Stephen Heriot is a flawed hero, an Anglican missionary worn out by the oppressive climate and the ambiguous merit of his role in bringing improvement to another culture Stow shares Greene s preoccupation with the internal lives of his characters and his economical prose never distracts from the issues at hand His novel however is so quintessentially Australian that it could only have been written by someone who knew the country intimately To the Islands is a masterpiece.To read the rest of my review visit Stunning I felt like I was between the weave of the threads of landscape and Heriot s mind The audio of this was so immersive and now I feel like I need to read it again in order to capture the beautiful prose This book must have been a revelation when it was written with its anti conquest message.There was also a passage that said something like to believe you need to feel which I think profoundly encompasses Heriot s mental and physical journey into the wilderness. What a powerful drama that unfolds here.The old traditions, the indigenous mission.The white fellas that seem so withered and tough.But who are permanently stung out and struggling in this harsh land.Heriot vs Rex.A tale of fatalism.so well told.The character of Australia that is still so true today.The metaphors of death, grief and anger all play out here. There is just so much going on in this beautifully written novel Squint at it one way and you see a Lear like journey into deathmadness, an allegory for the end of life and service Look differently and you see an impassioned argument for the communities around missions, those of respect and support But most powerfully to me, is a simmering undercurrent of horror and fundamental brokenness from the massacre, dispossession and land theft This is not just because of the detailed description of There is just so much going on in this beautifully written novel Squint at it one way and you see a Lear like journey into deathmadness, an allegory for the end of life and service Look differently and you see an impassioned argument for the communities around missions, those of respect and support But most powerfully to me, is a simmering undercurrent of horror and fundamental brokenness from the massacre, dispossession and land theft This is not just because of the detailed description of a massacre, a description which Stow has footnoted so the reader knows this is a verbatim account, from an Aboriginal witness, of an actual massacre And underneath the madness of Heriot is his obsession with murder and forgiveness, his rambling journey through whether this is inevitable It was because of murders that I was ever born in this country It was because of murders my first amoebic ancestor ever survived to be my ancestor Every day in my life murders are done to protect me People are taught how to murder because of me Oh, God, said Heriot savagely, if there was a God this filthy Australian, British, human blood would have been dried up in me with a thunderbolt when I was born At the same time, back in the mission, themes of self determination, punishment, justice, vengeance, bias, civilization, law, lore and who has the right to decide what swirl around through a multitude of perspectives, casting doubt in the end on any idea of a single society or rule at the mission It s a technique used in a muchstructured, and devastating, way in Visitants, but it works here mostly to be destabilising, it is never clear how much Stow intends the narrative to be subversive, and how much it emerges as such simply through his own unresolved ambivalence to the mission In the end, there an deeply unsettled feeling over the whole, as if this legacy of murder may have destroyed both Heriot, and all the white characters in turn.The legacy to Lear is obvious, and the simple descriptive passages, the combination of wisdom and lunacy to be found in this young man s view of senility is just as touching The final scenes, bringing together the book s powerful observation, prose and ambiguity is outstanding and, like Lear, will mean different things to different people down the ages, and that is wonderful Most enjoyable read of the year so far There s so much control in Stowe s writing Such beautiful waxing and waning, when to be a poet and when to be a dramatist The best turn of phrase is one that pivots on a decided plot And the best line is one that hangs off a good character There s a salient moment around 2 3rds of the way when the brightness gets turned up on all the white characters missionaries and assorted helpers and we get an inventory of their physical appearances all in one Most enjoyable read of the year so far There s so much control in Stowe s writing Such beautiful waxing and waning, when to be a poet and when to be a dramatist The best turn of phrase is one that pivots on a decided plot And the best line is one that hangs off a good character There s a salient moment around 2 3rds of the way when the brightness gets turned up on all the white characters missionaries and assorted helpers and we get an inventory of their physical appearances all in one paragraph, which reads almost as a second thought, maybe a post hoc interpolation from the author and coming so late in the piece it stuck out to me It s intriguing because there s no shortage of a richly presented natural world, so why so lean on the characters physical appearances I wonder what other readers think of this White man always talking and never listening said Justin I m sorry, said Heriot humbly Whatever you say to white man, he always got something else to say Always got to be the last one We call it conversation , Heriot said, and bit his lip as soon as the words were out.A bleak, atmospheric work, meditating on the relationship between white and black in Australia, between colonists and those they sought to colonise We re all lost here , says Heriot, the protagonist And Stow althoughWhite man always talking and never listening said Justin I m sorry, said Heriot humbly Whatever you say to white man, he always got something else to say Always got to be the last one We call it conversation , Heriot said, and bit his lip as soon as the words were out.A bleak, atmospheric work, meditating on the relationship between white and black in Australia, between colonists and those they sought to colonise We re all lost here , says Heriot, the protagonist And Stow although he spent his later life living in England evidently felt that great sense of loss among this fierce, overpoweringly beautiful country It s a work of great prose power, as all of Stow s works are A fairly quick read and,importantly for a work that is now past its 60th anniversary, still a fantastic contribution to the ongoing conversation about the coming of the British to this seemingly endless continent They rode in a silence relieved only by the rattle of stones from the horses hoofs Trees, grasses and water were still as death, and beyond them was nothing but rock They passed a stretch of rock pitted and wrinkled like lava How old is this country Heriot wondered But it s not old, it s just born, the sea has never been over it, it was created yesterday, dead as the moon Let the sea some day come up and drown it and fish come swimming out of the rock pigeons holes I will ride with my hair green and wild, through the canyons of the sea. To the Islands is a deeply moving and compassionate novel whose message and wisdom is still important today, which is why it deserves to be recognised as an important work of Australian literature theconversation.comTo the Islands is a masterpiece ANZ LitLoversPowerful and convincing An Australian classic Anthony J HassallIt is a rare pleasure for those of us who are already fans to have these works at our disposal Stow was the most talented and celebrated Australian author of the posTo the Islands is a deeply moving and compassionate novel whose message and wisdom is still important today, which is why it deserves to be recognised as an important work of Australian literature theconversation.comTo the Islands is a masterpiece ANZ LitLoversPowerful and convincing An Australian classic Anthony J HassallIt is a rare pleasure for those of us who are already fans to have these works at our disposal Stow was the most talented and celebrated Australian author of the post White generation MonthlyIt should be taken as no commentary on contemporary Oz Lit that I choose Text s fistful of Randolph Stow reissues for my local favourite s during 2015 Their appearance reminds us that a gentle, wise, wounded, and immensely talented poet in prose once lived among us Geordie Williamson, Australian Book Review, Books of the Year 2015 I am giving it 4 stars not because it isn t a masterpiece but because it s not my cup of tea I don t really enjoy reading books about social injustice But it s an important book to read nevertheless And I am glad I read it It deals with the wicked problems existing in post colonial Australia This book was published in 1958 and it is remarkable for its time, particularly in its wisdom the ideas that we need to forgive the unforgivable to be able to move on and when we wound one person it I am giving it 4 stars not because it isn t a masterpiece but because it s not my cup of tea I don t really enjoy reading books about social injustice But it s an important book to read nevertheless And I am glad I read it It deals with the wicked problems existing in post colonial Australia This book was published in 1958 and it is remarkable for its time, particularly in its wisdom the ideas that we need to forgive the unforgivable to be able to move on and when we wound one person it creates a rippling effect like when you drop a pebble in a pond it wounds others The book includes a true story of a massacre by white Australians of Indigenous Australians It wouldn t surprise me if in 1958 the year the book was published there existed much denial about how Indigenous people had been were treated Thankfully today, there is greater recognition however still racism exists Indigenous Australians were only recognised as human beings under the Australian constitution in 1967 before that they were listed under flora and fauna unbelievable so the book is remarkable for its having humanised Indigenous people as characters in the book and elevated their culture, as well as humanised the shame of white Australia in Heriot The writing is beautiful and I can understand why it won the Miles Franklin Award