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  1. Karen Karen says:

    Somewhere in the back of my head as I've read and books set in Australia there's always been a little uestion Which RED DIRT TALKING has answered Why can't we have books written from the Aboriginal perspective? And what better way to look at that perspective from the point of view of an incomer to a remote outback communitySet within community RED DIRT TALKING is having a red hot go at a heap of issues and because of that if you're looking for something that's a formulaic straight forward mystery then that's not what's going on here Although it could be argued that why it's taken so long for something this good this direct this clever to emerge is a whole other sort of mysteryUp front I loved this book so keep that in the back of your mind as you're wading through this review There was something profoundly real about the way that Annie arrived in town with her agenda her timeframes her pressures and her ways And in the way that her priorities were politely gently consistently ignored There's something about the way that outback communities work their timeframes that oh so rang true and clear as a bell Nothing overt nothing cruel or vicious but the message is clear come to our land our world then it's our rules our timeframes our priorities and most importantly our ways of respect and operating which prevail A subtle reminder but a reminder nonethelessDeliver those reminders and that pitch perfect observation of community and outsiders with some very dry witty asides but set it in the gloriously slow languid pace and you've got a perfect view of community life warts and all Add to that some excellent characters from the crashing freuently annoying Annie to the laconic Mick and the hilarious Maggot the garbo and the community and its inhabitants were so clearly drawn you could see them There were also laugh out loud moments what with the games played with new arrivals Toyota anyone and the been there done that nature of many encounters There were also moments of great sadness and the stark reality of life camp dwelling not being a particularly easy way of lifeThe message from the mystery element of a missing little girl is there buried in the overall story of the book and it's worth looking for A couple of hundred years past and still new in town it strikes me there's a bit of Annie in a lot of us Perhaps it's time to stop and listen maybe watch and learn a few things from the old handshttpwwwaustcrimefictionorgrevie

  2. Vicki Vicki says:

    35 starsRed Dirt Talking won the TAG Hungerford Award and was long listed for the Miles Franklin I didn't find this an easy book to read The sense of place is spot on given that the book is set through the build up in the north west of Western Australia I live in the space and climate and Wright writes about it with beautiful attention to detail My issue was with keeping check of the long list of characters and actually caring about the main protagonist and narrator an anthropology student from the city who I found frustrating and annoying The second narrator the local rubbish collector Maggot was a lot likeable and a wonderful spinner of stories

  3. Julia Julia says:

    Hmmm the storyline of a woman finishing her studies by writing a piece on a remote Indigenous communities's history really got me in and I have to say the writing especially the conversations was vivid and real I just had trouble with the story the heat the lassitude the torpor each relationship she had seemed to ingest in even greater volumes left me feeling little empathy and an irritation with the plot Maggot the town garbo and recycler par excellence was the real star but he was relegated into the background

  4. Marlish Marlish says:

    This novel is a slow burn Things don’t happen uickly which at times can be testing Persevere and you’ll be rewarded Set in a remote yet awesome location and populated by wondrous characters that you’ll miss long after you’ve finished reading this fine work

  5. Jane Jane says:

    I did enjoy it; there were some beautiful descriptions of the country up north and the author has clearly done lots of research on Aboriginal culture language etc However I did feel that the ending was a bit lame somehow and I didn't really like Annienot sure why

  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    Red Dirt Talking is a fascinating novel In manuscript form it won the TA Hungerford Award and I can see why It has some first novel flaws but it is utterly absorbing One of its flaws is that it has characters than I could keep track of even though I noted who they were in my reading journal but Maggot the Garbo who introduces the story is unforgettable He’s like those garrulous tradesmen you meet so likeable with their trademark laconic Aussie sense of humour and oceans of common sense commentary about life Here he talks about the mysterious disappearance of an eight year old Let me tell you there’s a lot of stories going round about that girl Lotta stories Stories from the local rag Stories from the townies the station folk the mob Then there’s the police Plenty stories there No one can work it out everyone’s gotta theory and with my job I get to hear them all whether I like it or not The truck’s reversing signal wakes Stirling on my run past Ransom Council Stretching and yawning on the green wedge of lawn he pushes the ten gallon hat from his face ‘Here let me help you with that Maggot’ he says jumping up and shouldering the last of the bins Then hops into the cab and joins me for the rest of the run By the time we reach the roadhouse he’s given me the drum on the girl as he knows it Reckons she got taken by the wild dog living in a waterhole p 6 Annie a graduate anthropologist blunders into Maggot’s outback community in search of oral history about the Rumble Crossing Massacre Her well intentioned efforts to bring this story to public notice at a forthcoming conference in New Zealand are part of an ambitious plan hatched with her supervisor Thornhill They want to raise indigenous Australian issues at the UN and Annie thinks that this agenda and her pressing deadlines will charm stories out of the old people and kickstart her career Well it’s no spoiler to tell you that she is very soon frustrated in her uest To read the rest of my review please visit

  7. Robyn Robyn says:

    I found it difficult to get into this book I want a book to grab me by the throat and pull me in and this one didn't It was almost a chore to read and I found that I only read one and a half pages before I fell asleep Part of the story was told in third person from one female character's point of view and the rest was told in first person from a male character's point of view I am guessing it was to show how much of an outsider the female character was but it was disconcerting for the first few chapters as the reader was thrown around not knowing who was whoI also found a glaring fault which should have been picked up by the writer or the editor and I really hate that There was a massive build up to what should have been a climax but this reader felt cheated that the actual event wasn't described just the aftermath and again there was a difficulty with time frame that I thought was carelessAll in all I wanted to like this book and care about the characters but I didn't

  8. Susan Susan says:

    I began reading this novel with some doubts as one of its two narrators is a student who is doing research in an Aboriginal community in remote Australia I was worried because she seemed so naïve about the protocols and I was worried that this would spill over into the narrativeThe second narrator is called Maggot a local man who collects the rubbish in a town on the way to the remote community He turns out to be an important carrier of stories He gets to see and know most people’s businessWhat I admire about this book is the way the author subverts her own narrative I’m not going to give away the story because that is part of the strength of the book The Aboriginal people in the community know much about what is going on than either of the narrators and both narrators are testedOnce I got to the tipping point in the novel I could not put it down It challenges the reader and the narrators A really good read

  9. Sophie Benjamin Sophie Benjamin says:

    Good for a first novel but I wasn't a fan of the structure It seemed to waffle on for the first two thirds of the book before anything really happened

  10. Philip Hunt Philip Hunt says:

    This is a really interesting book It's full of action and yet nothing happens for ages The languid pace captures perfectly the tempo of indigenous life in Outback Australia Really this is a literary achievement in its own right and the book is worth reading for that alone The accuracy of the language and the authenticity of the many characters is another of Wright's achievements The book is not without its minor problems and they are minor The plot goes in one direction and for hundreds of pages in fairness maybe that's intentional techniue And there are few small glitches that betray perhaps hasty editing breaking for braking for example Not that these are big issues Truly uite an achievement from a writer who clearly knows language is than English

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Red Dirt Talking ➾ Red Dirt Talking Download ➹ Author Jacqueline Wright – Set in the outback of Western Australia this novel centers around the disappearance of Kuj an eight year old girl during a bitter custody battle Annie an anthropology graduate newly arrived from the Set in the outback of Western Australia this novel centers around the disappearance of Kuj an eight year old girl during a bitter custody battle Annie an anthropology graduate newly arrived from the city is increasingly distracted from her work by the mysterious event As Annie searches for the truth beneath the township’s wild speculations she find herself increasingly drawn towards Mick Hooper a Red Dirt Epub / muscly laid back Australian man with secrets of his own.

  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Red Dirt Talking
  • Jacqueline Wright
  • English
  • 15 January 2016
  • 9781921888793

About the Author: Jacqueline Wright

Jacueline Wright worked for many years as a teacher and linguist in the Pilbara and Kimberley on Indigenous Australian Aboriginal language interpreting and cultural programs In she took on the regional literature position promoting and developing literary activities and improving opportunities for writers in the north west of Western Australia Now she swings two part time jobs working as.