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Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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Abstract

'The destinies of two families, black and white, are fatally interwoven... in this frontier novel. Racial brutality and the tragic account of the Myall Creek massacre underscore the story of Ginny and Wollumbuy, Kamilaroi people of Warrumbungle Range. Mysterious killings follow the arrival Karl and Gundrun Maresch, a German couple who establish a Lutheran mission near the young settlement of Coonabarabran.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my wife Roslyn my daughter Tanya and son James my (late) / father, Jack; my mother, Anne my brothers: John, (late) Kevin, Roderick, Gregory / my sisters: Elaine, Lynne.
  • Preamble by Phillip McLaren, September, 1992 (pp. vii-viii)
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 2001 .
      Image courtesy of Magabala Books
      Extent: vii, 215p.p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      ISBN: 9781875641772, 1875641777

Works about this Work

Reflections : Booking Destiny Kirstie Parker , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 3 November no. 488 2010; (p. 21-22)
Sex Encounters of the Strange Kind : Forms of Postcolonial Discourse in Three Australian Novels Xavier Pons , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 29 no. 1 2006; (p. 47-58) Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 197-210)
'The paper focuses on scenes from three Australian novels ... . Through an analysis of the representation of sexual intercourse by the three novelists, the paper highlights the sense of strangeness associated with the postcolonial, born out of the colonists' feeling that they do not truly belong to their adopted land and must force themselves upon it. Sex, which can be an expression of love, here degenerates into lust, violence or parody. It becomes an expression of the unnerving alienation which overcomes Europeans in a postcolonial context. Sex here as a struggle for domination is a paradigm of the perverted human relations which are inherent in the postcolonial condition. In his own fashion, and through a variety of narrative modes, each of the three (male) novelists illustrates the unbearable strangeness of being in an alien land.' (47)
'A Vision through the Smoky Haze' : Viewing Corroboree in Selected Australian Novels Melinda Rose Jewell , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1&2 2005; (p. 31-54)
"Fiction portraying the experiences of Australian Indigenous people often contains depictions of the 'corroboree'. This representation commonly conveys a scenario in which Indigenous people dance while being watched by white spectators. This establishes a relationship between seeing and knowing that locates power in the hands of the white observers. Later in this century, both non-Indigenous, then more typically Indigenous authors, deconstruct the power structures at work in these portrayals." (31)
Philip McLaren Mireille Vignol (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
Keeper of Dreams Tony Smith , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 238 2002; (p. 44)

— Review of Scream Black Murder Philip McLaren 1995 single work novel ; There'll be New Dreams Philip McLaren 2001 single work novel ; Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel
Unaipon Award Winners John McLaren , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 138 1995; (p. 76-77)

— Review of Bridge of Triangles John Muk Muk Burke 1994 single work novel ; Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel
Forecasts Susan Powell , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , July vol. 73 no. 1039 1993; (p. 33)

— Review of Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel
Love and Death in the Bush Geoff Page , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 August 1993; (p. 49)

— Review of Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel
Stereotypes Self-Destruct Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 23 October 1993; (p. 21)

— Review of Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel ; Headlines Laurie Bookluck Debra Adelaide 1993 single work novel
Forensic Gothic Bill Perrett , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 156 1993; (p. 40)

— Review of Sweet Water : Stolen Land Philip McLaren 1993 single work novel
Philip McLaren Mireille Vignol (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
Sex Encounters of the Strange Kind : Forms of Postcolonial Discourse in Three Australian Novels Xavier Pons , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 29 no. 1 2006; (p. 47-58) Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 197-210)
'The paper focuses on scenes from three Australian novels ... . Through an analysis of the representation of sexual intercourse by the three novelists, the paper highlights the sense of strangeness associated with the postcolonial, born out of the colonists' feeling that they do not truly belong to their adopted land and must force themselves upon it. Sex, which can be an expression of love, here degenerates into lust, violence or parody. It becomes an expression of the unnerving alienation which overcomes Europeans in a postcolonial context. Sex here as a struggle for domination is a paradigm of the perverted human relations which are inherent in the postcolonial condition. In his own fashion, and through a variety of narrative modes, each of the three (male) novelists illustrates the unbearable strangeness of being in an alien land.' (47)
'A Vision through the Smoky Haze' : Viewing Corroboree in Selected Australian Novels Melinda Rose Jewell , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1&2 2005; (p. 31-54)
"Fiction portraying the experiences of Australian Indigenous people often contains depictions of the 'corroboree'. This representation commonly conveys a scenario in which Indigenous people dance while being watched by white spectators. This establishes a relationship between seeing and knowing that locates power in the hands of the white observers. Later in this century, both non-Indigenous, then more typically Indigenous authors, deconstruct the power structures at work in these portrayals." (31)
Reflections : Booking Destiny Kirstie Parker , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 3 November no. 488 2010; (p. 21-22)
Unspeakable Bodies : Representing the Aboriginal in Australian Critical Discourse Suvendrini Perera , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 13 no. 1 1994; (p. 15-26)
Settings:
  • Warrumbungle Range, Coonabarabran area, Coonabarabran - Gilgandra - Coonamble area, Central West NSW, New South Wales,
  • 1860s
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