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What disappointed you about That Deadman Dance?
The story was hard work. Hard to follow and retain even a small amount of interest.
Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Scott again?
Unlikely, unless I was convinced from a thousand reviews that it was worthwhile.
What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?
Great for narration
What character would you cut from That Deadman Dance?
All of them
Any additional comments?
Disappointing. I bought this book because it had won an Australian literary award. I should have known awards don't necessarily mean the book suits my taste.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The sense of time, place and loss in this novel made me shivver.
Very well done.
I took a while too get into this story, but it improved. It was a heart breaking and informative and had a great reverence for the Indigenous Australian people.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Like Scott I'm a descendant of both the South Coast Nyungar and the white settlers who wound up there. I don't have much language, or kaartdijin, and know little about life during those early times of interaction. This book did something very important for me. It helped me make sense of my parts, and their tensions. It helped me to understand that its okay for the Wadjela and the Nyungar in me to be friends, and more than that - for them to meld. That dance of Bobby Wabalanginy - a very Nyungar thing, not in spite of wearing a Wadjela's coat but because of it.