Title: Dark Emu

Author: Bruce Pascoe

Published: 2014

Genres: Non Fiction/Australian History




At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers - one they are determined to conceal.



It was equally as painful as it was enlightening, to read our history from the eyes of our First Nations people and to be confronted with the sheer disregard had for their agricultural and aquacultural methods, practices and expertise prior to colonisation. A smart, peaceful and sustainable civilisation. Bruce Pascoe provides detailed and sound evidence of this, with findings based on years of research, passion and hard work. Yes, it is overwhelming to challenge century old assumptions, and question what views you have held and the education you received throughout your schooling years and onto adult life. But now is the time to do it. For us to utilise what we have learnt to change the narrative and let our First Nations people tell their own story. It is their right to tell, and our responsibility to hear, read and listen. If you have not read this book, please do so. Personally, I think this should be compulsory reading for all of us.


TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I want to start this by saying my review is entirely subjective. I applaud Bruce Pascoe for creating such an important piece of literature that celebrates the agricultural and aquacultural achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pre-colonisation. For the purpose of why it was written, it deserves a much higher rating than 3 stars. But I’m no scientist (dropped the subject after grade 9, in fact) so the language lost me at times, and I may or may not have resorted to scanning several paragraphs. My guilty conscience was absolved though after reading the last few chapters over and over, considering them a flawless summary of the book, so I’ll let this quote speak for itself: “To deny Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agricultural and spiritual achievement is the single greatest impediment to intercultural understanding and, perhaps, to Australian moral wellbeing and economic prosperity.” If only this was the calibre of history they taught in Australian schools.

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