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After years of waiting, the stunning sequel to the book "Girt" - named "True Girt" - has hit the bookshelves and Audible. This book is written and narrated by the larrikin David Hunt - whose writing & narration is hilarious, off-beat, inappropriate, witty and eloquent (usually all at the same time).
As an Australian expatriate, this book makes me think of home. The book exudes Australian culture. If I had to recommend a book to someone who wants to get to know Australian culture, language, humour and history - I would tell them to get this book (+ Girt). I hope that one day this will become necessary reading in Australian classrooms as I am sure it will eventually become a significant piece of our cultural history.
This is more than a funny romp through Australian history. It is comprehensive; it tells the stories of folk from a wide variety of backgrounds, the sad trials and tribulations experienced by the native Aboriginals, who emigrated to the great southern land and why, how cities and towns developed, discusses religious development and even makes an honourable mention of our little cousin to the the east (New Zealand) --- + much much more! This is not a work of apologetics for western civilisation - in fact it exposes the great follies of the Mother Country. Ultimately, this is a book that honours all Australians from all walks of life.
My only concern is that this book is just so Australian, that a non-Australian may not get all the references & lingo immediately - so they should be prepared to take advantage of Google search!
In all, highly recommended. Best book series on Australian history on the market ever. Looking forward to part 3!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The author does a great job at livening up history with tongue and cheek humor while also capturing the desperation of the aborigines, and the poor migrants. My admiration of Australia as a place who's inhabitants succeeded in the face of strange, far flung events and an often oppressive British government that was far from the goings on of the colony, much like America, has been reinvigorated by Mr. Hunt's writings.
Amazing performance with such an engaging style and huge enthusiasm for the story. Very easy to listen to and fantastic choice of stories to include
You will learn a lot and laugh just as much
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
in primary and secondary school Australian History was portrayed as dull and boring... not the case with Girt volume 1 and 2. rivetting, funny and intelligent. Recommended that every Aussie read these works.
Can't wait for Volume 3.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful