Rabbit-Proof Fence - BOOKRAY -

by Doris Pilkington | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0786887842 Global Overview for this book
Registered by YowlYY on 9/16/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by YowlYY on Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Arrived in the bookshop today...and the DVD of the film arrived yesterday in the mail...it's going to be a weekend dedicated to the Australian culture I guess...

Journal Entry 2 by YowlYY on Wednesday, October 1, 2003
This is going to be read by the end of the week, and then will travel a bit (maybe more than 1500 miles) around Europe (and the rest of the world?).

Picture showing Molly and Doris with the director Phillip Noyce at the screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence in Jigalong.

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Journal Entry 3 by YowlYY on Wednesday, October 8, 2003
I still have to see the film (DVD is already waiting on my sofa for tonight, since the TV program seems to be poor again!), and I will post here my comments once I'm done with it too...
The story is written in a very easy language, maybe because it's a childrens book? It starts with a brief history of the colonisation of Western Australia and the appalling treatment reserved to the locals by the white man, and progresses with the story of the three girls who managed to escape from the Moore River Native Settlement, where all the aborigenous kids were taught to forget their identity to embrace the "white" culture, a task that was accompanied by severe corporal punishment.
A sad story, with a happy ending, and although I didn't like the idea of eating the rabbits (how could I, since I have been adopting those furries since I was 16??...and how could I look Sir Harvey straight in the eyes again??) I was impressed by the resiliance of the girls, who managed to walk for weeks and survive in the wild to return to their relatives and the life they called home.

I have now become very curious and would like to read more about it, so I made a copy of the reference books used by the author and will see if I can track down a few using my local libraries... If any of you have anything on the subject and are willing to lend it to me, I would be very grateful :-)

Journal Entry 4 by YowlYY on Wednesday, October 8, 2003
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BOOKRAY stolen, as usual, from anyone who ever wrote instructions for bookrings and rays!

1. First of all, as soon as the book arrives, please make a journal entry to inform about its safe arrival.

2. The book gets to be the first on your TBR pile – of course, after the one you're just being reading... But please don't leave the book on a shelf for more than 2 weeks before starting to read it...

3. PM the person next in line in order to obtain his/her mailing address and to find out if s/he is ok with receiving the book soon after… If the person is going away on vacation or else, please PM me and I will move him/her down the line (suggestions welcome).

4. After reading the book, make another entry and add your comments as you like… pics uplodaded and quotes welcome!!

5. ship the book to the next reader (no release note please!).

The very last person to receive the book is free to release it in the wild or to swap it or whatever!

I will keep on adding names for participants if I receive requests, however bear in mind that anyone joining in now will have his/her name added at the very end of the ray…

Thanks to everyone who joined in and enjoy the book – I look forward to reading all your comments ;-)

Book being sent off today to Italy to BlackLilith, a rabbit friend as well...

Journal Entry 5 by BlackLilith from Città di Castello, Umbria Italy on Monday, October 13, 2003
Aloha YowIYY! I just received the book, I'll read it soon then pass it to my dear BCer beckys! The rabbit postcard is very nice, it'd surely like to Marco and Antonello! ;-)

Journal Entry 6 by BlackLilith from Città di Castello, Umbria Italy on Tuesday, October 28, 2003
My dear "rabbit" friend, thanks a lot for this book! The story seems to be a "film", but thins unbeliavable escape of that 3 young little girls was great. If you think how they survived, walked for miles and miles, to join back their mothers and family, I think we've something to learn from them. I liked also to read about the come of English people in Australia, that -like happened in the past in America or other countries- took out the aborigen from their culture, language, and lots more. I didn't know the story of Aborigen in Australia till yesterday, and now I'd like to find out more. I didn't see the film from Miramax, but I hope to find it. I started the book yesterday at home, and in the same day I ended it in my favourite pub and official crossing zone. With a story like this, you can't stop reading, you've to escape with Molly, Gracie and Daisy, steps after steps, looking for the rabbit proof fence and then following it. Yeah, the rabbit...this funny nice friends, like yours! I want to read again "the rabbit's hill", a story -like this one- that may help us in surviving in this world, facing every day our fears and troubles (that often seems to be so giant we can't move them when they're a very small stone we can easily leave back our footsteps). Thanks again, it's ready to join my BCer friend beckys!

For not italian people, there's a radio program called "Rabbit's roar" where you can print from also your Passport of Rabbit Republic (it's on the main page and easy to find also if all it's written in italian): aloha is the official greeting there!

Journal Entry 7 by beckys on Monday, November 3, 2003
It has just arrived in my mail box...thanks to YowlYY and BlackLilith ^_^ My house's full of bookrings at the moment...please, be patient!

Journal Entry 8 by beckys on Thursday, January 1, 2004
I've kept this book too long. I've received so many bookrings in the last months that I can't easily manage them. I've read almost half of this book, but thinking about the other...5 or 6 ones that are waiting, plus an incoming exam...I hope you understand that I'm a bit...confused. I'll read as much as I can (the book is nice, anyway) and send it tomorrow to loopy1.
Please forgive me...

Journal Entry 9 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, January 8, 2004
The book arrived this morning, along with a wonderful collection of postcards, and what appears to be a leaflet about chocolate - le origini del chioccolato. Just what I need to inspire me to carry on with my Italian lessons!
I'm looking forward to this book. Not sure whether to send the postcards on to YowlYY or keep them with the book though.
Thanks, more later :-)

Journal Entry 10 by loopy1 from Herne Bay, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 13, 2004
This book told the story in a very simple way, without much description. What it did include is a bit of history/background to the story. This is the bit I found difficult. My first reaction was to feel guilty at how the children were treated. My second reaction was that I shouldn't feel guilty, it had nothing to do with me. And my third reaction was that the people of the time thought that was they were doing was good, I suppose.
But whatever the politics of the situation were, it is still the story of an amazing journey made by very determined girls. I was impressed with how well they survived in the wild - but of course that was the whole point, that they were much more at home in the wild than in the situation they were put into.
Thanks for this, now I'll have to keep my eyes open for the DVD!

Journal Entry 11 by paganfrog from Wick, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2004
yay!! the books here. i cant wait to start reading it, especially as i so wanted to see the movie, when it was showing, but up here in northern scotland we never have any of the more popular films showing. oh well im going to curl up and read the book instead, lol.
i really love the postcards that are traveling with the book, very beautiful. i will have to go get a pc of my area to add. :-))

Journal Entry 12 by paganfrog from Wick, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 20, 2004
I found it hard to put this book down until I had finished reading it, although I did find it a little too simply written.
Aside from that, I found it a good read and found it interesting how the history of the white settlers was included in the book. I was moved to tears of the plight of the Aborigines and how they were treated. The unfairness of having their lands stolen, the so- called protectors of the aborigines. I could go on....but I do not wish to tell the story here!

Journal Entry 13 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 26, 2004
Book arrived over the weekend, and as I've just finished another I will get straight on with this!

Journal Entry 14 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 1, 2004
This is a quick read and the basic story is amazing, but I was put off somewhat by the simple, detached writing style. The first section about the history of the white settlers and the impact they had on Aboriginal life was very interesting, and I learnt a lot about the Aboriginal history. I've no doubt at all that the journey the girls made was difficult and fraught with danger but this book didn't do it justice; I'll be interested to see if the film does. I just found this book rushed through the events too quickly and made no attempt to build up suspense or emotion. I know it is a true story but it read too much like a report of events to really engage me. Throughout the book I was annoyed that there weren't any footnotes to explain the Aboriginal terms used; stupidly I never thought to check for a glossary and if I'd realised there was one I'd probably have got more from the book.

Having said all that, I did enjoy it and would be interested to find out more about many of the issues it brings up. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it, Yowlyy!

I'll be posting this book on to thechinasourcer tomorrow.

Journal Entry 15 by ChinaSourcer from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Saturday, February 7, 2004
Received in the post, many thanks. I've started reading this straight away, a very interesting book so far!
Thanks also for the stack of lovely postcards and leaflets for me to browse through. It's nice to see where the book has been on its journey up till now.

Journal Entry 16 by ChinaSourcer from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 17, 2004
As has already been said, this book is written quite simply. Nevertheless, it is a very moving story. I wish there had been a little more of the history at the beginning, and the strange names of people and places made it hard for me to follow the story to start with. But I was soon drawn in to the tragedy of these girl's lives and amazed at their courage and fortitude. An excellent book, which I imagine has translated into an excellent film. Thanks YowlYY for sharing this.

Ready to be posted on as soon as I have the next person's address.

Journal Entry 17 by ChinaSourcer from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Monday, March 1, 2004
Apologies for the delay in sending this on its way. I finally managed to get to the Post Office and posted this to Acropolis on Saturday, 28th February.

Journal Entry 18 by chelseagirl from Faringdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Just want to say that I've watched the video and it has affected me so much more than the book, I'm in tears now! Not having much knowledge of either the Aboriginal culture or the lands they inhabit, throughout the book I found it hard to picture what was going on, but having now seen the journey the girls took, through such inhospitable land, I can fully appreciate what an incredible journey it was. I'm not sure whose the video is but thank you so much for letting me watch it. I'll be passing it on to thechinasourcer now.

Journal Entry 19 by YowlYY on Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Message for Chelseagirl:
LOL, the video is mine, just like the book ;-)

And to everyone else:
please feel free to add your comment on the film as well, as far you have seen it be in my video version or on the big screen.

Journal Entry 20 by Acropolis from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Hello All ! The book arrived today, thanks to the chinasourcer. I'm looking forward to reading it, as I have just seen the film on DVD and was completely in awe of the three girls. The stack of postcards was a nice surprise, my challenge now to find a nice one of Birmingham to add to them...!!

Journal Entry 21 by Acropolis from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, March 15, 2004
Sadly, I was disappointed by the book. I had been hoping that it would add to my experiences of and the emotions generated by the film, but instead I was just glad that I had seen the film first. The historical background at the beginning was interesting, and I am keen to find out more about the Stolen Generations of aboriginal Australia.
It is still a powerful and amazing story, and enjoyable enough to read - I wouldn't go as far as to actually put anyone off reading it (!) - I just don't think it does enough to stress the achievement and strength of spirit of the girls, which is a shame; a little too modest, perhaps ?

On it's way to rachels-ratty today - happy reading !

Journal Entry 22 by short-rach from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 21, 2004
Thanks! What a wonderful collection of postcards and other bits and bobs that accompany it. Shall have to go scouting round to add to the collection!

Journal Entry 23 by short-rach from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 25, 2004
I was quite surprised at first as how thin the book is - in fact it took barely two days for me to read, and that was sat at cafe tables!

Very simply written (as is the Aboriginal way), it IS a powerful tale - the distance and determination these girls showed amazes me.

It is a story I have heard much about, it just, written down, didn't GRAB me as much as I thought it would do. I think the film (which I haven't seen yet) may have that effect! I'm a sucker for sad stories in pictoral form (cried at an exhibition in Adelaide SA about this very subject...).

See I'm not heartless, nor do I not grasp the enormity of exactly WHAT the government of that time do. The effects are still being felt/can be seen.

Shall pass this on to Jenny/Jalna at the Nottingham Meet (27/3/04) to save me the postage!

Journal Entry 24 by jalna from Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, March 27, 2004
I knew this story would interest me as soon as Gabriella mentioned it. Shortly after that I had the opportunity to see the film which was very moving and a great watch. It will be interesting to see if the books is as great a read.

There are all sorts of exciting goodies travelling with this book, which I havent had time to look at and appreciate yet.

I know there are an awful lot of people waiting for it after me. I should be able to start it within a few days, and it is not long, so hopefully it will be on its way quite soon.

Journal Entry 25 by ChinaSourcer from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Sunday, March 28, 2004
This entry concerns the video that accompanies the book:
Unfortunately I just didn't get the time to watch this. Rather than hang on to it any longer I took it to the Nottingham Meet-up yesterday for rachels-ratty.

Journal Entry 26 by jalna from Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 6, 2004
I did find this story fascinating reading and seeing how strong those girls were, how much determination and ability they had makes one wonder how much disfavour we do our children by giving them the protected and pampered lifestyles that most enjoy these days.

I found the style of writing rather unsophisticated and there were odd bits that seem to have no relevance or points that should have been further developed. But for this, I would have scored the book a mark higher.

It is now on its way to Robbiesmum. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 27 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 8, 2004
Wow! What a surprise this morning. I love surprises!
I went tos ee the film last year at the cinema and it provoked a lot of discussion between my mum and me. I felt so guilty at the actions of the british, but my mum pointed out it was a different time and they thought they were doing the right thing.
I've been wanting to read the book ever since to learn a bit more history and hear from Doris's voice what happened. I have 3 bookrings to read first but shouldn't be too long.

Thanks to everyone for all the postcards and leaflets. Very interesting to see where everyone lives! I'll add mine before I send it on.

Journal Entry 28 by Robbiesmum from Thirsk, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 29, 2004
Thank you YowlYY for sharing this book. It's a story which should be shared - a story of courage and determination, and sadly, more history I feel guilty about. I felt I learned more about events approaching Molly's life, the Aboriginal culture, and how their lands were stolen by the traders. It shocks me how our ancestors treated other cultures. They are histories almost blanked out, and need to be told.

I did enjoy the movie more than the book - perhaps the translation of the dialogue was a little stilted, but the descriptions were beautiful - all the sensuous vegetation, learning the bush skills and the companionship of the girls really brought the story to life. I almost read it through in one go. I read the history last night and the escape today which I think followed well. I'll post this on now.

Journal Entry 29 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 6, 2004
Arrived in the mail this morning.
Its caught me on a strange day - i'm high as a kite because i was offered a job yesterday (yay!) but the last 2 hours have been a nightmare! Don't ask! So now i'm going to settle down with my lunch and have a read to calm me. It was just what i needed!

Journal Entry 30 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 30, 2004
I won't say this was an easy read but i found it very interesting. I can't believe what the British people did to the aboriginal children. I felt so guilty to be British - i just had to keep reminding myself that they did not do it out of spite, but that they thought they were doing what was best. I'm so glad times have changed.
It was an unbelievable journey that these children took. its just incredible to think of how far they travelled and the enormity of the situation. They were very brave and i'm glad this story has been told.

Journal Entry 31 by Mamooo from -- Somewhere in Hertfordshire , Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Posting this off to PsychJo today. Thank you YowlYY for sharing it, and Jo, i hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 32 by psychjo from Portsmouth, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 7, 2004
This arrived with me at the weekend, thanks for sending Reading-Fairy. Will read this after the current book I am on.....

Journal Entry 33 by psychjo from Portsmouth, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 14, 2004
What an amazing story. Though as some others have already commented the simple style was not always engaging. Horrific treatment of the aboriginal population, and an amzing surval story. I'd really like to see the film now, which has really seemed to have affected other readers.

One things was - I wish I'd noticed the glossary at the end before I'd started reading - DUH! Although many words were clear from the context, at time I found it getting in the way of the fluency of my reading, if only I'd known.....

Sent to Lisa-B on 22nd June.

Journal Entry 34 by Lisa-B on Friday, June 25, 2004
Received today, together with some other reading material :-)

Journal Entry 35 by Lisa-B on Sunday, July 4, 2004
Rabbit-Proof Fence was a quick and interesting read. A book that made me realize that I knew near to nothing about Australia's history and the life of the Aborigines before and after colonization. Now I still don't know much more, but the book made me interested to read more on the subject.

I have already mailed the book to silviazza a few days ago.

Journal Entry 36 by silviazza from Anzola dell'Emilia, Emilia Romagna Italy on Monday, July 12, 2004
Received two days ago. I've many bookrings at home, I'll read this book as soon as possible ;)

Journal Entry 37 by silviazza from Anzola dell'Emilia, Emilia Romagna Italy on Saturday, September 4, 2004
I'm sorry for being in late... but finally I've finished this good book ;)
Thanks to YowlYY!

Journal Entry 38 by hey-miki from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Arrived in the post today from Italy. This book has evidently been having quite a european adventure and is now carrying its weight in postcards and pamphlets! Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 39 by hey-miki from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 6, 2004
I enjoyed the insights into Australian aboriginal life and history. The real-life story of how the 3 girls were taken away from their families and managed to make the 1000 mile walk back home, was amazing. The story felt quite abridged - probably because it was written second-hand and so long after the event. It's a shame we don't hear more of what the girls were thinking and feeling during their ordeal. But an advantage of the writing style is that it makes the book accessible to younger readers too. Thanks YowlYY for sharing it!

The book is now on a long flight across the world to join Hawkette in Australia.

Journal Entry 40 by wingHawkettewing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, October 18, 2004
The book, and it's assorted travel companions, have arrived with my today, in country Victoria, Australia. What a well travelled book!
This is another book-turned-into-movie that I have avoided seeing, cos I always get more out of the book. Can't believe as an Aussie I haven't read this yet, but there you go! So many great books, so little time!
I am looking forward to getting into this one!

Journal Entry 41 by wingHawkettewing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, November 4, 2004
I had to bump this one up on my TBR pile, as the movie is going to be on telly this weekend! Couldn't have the movie images spoiling my reading enjoyment!!

What a remarkable story! The spirit of the girls to run off, and follow their hearts back home! The ability to feed and find shelter fom themselves, as well as avoiding being caught for all that time! Amazing!

This story is a brutal reminder of the treatment of the indiginous culture here in Australia by the white man. The arrogance of arriving on a land, and claiming it as your own, with complete disregard for the peoples already living there! The self importance of inforcing your own laws and customs. It really is shameful. I, for one, am part of the contempory Australian society who are sorry for all the Aborigines have had to go through, and are still forced to endure today.

My disappointment in the story was that it wasn't long enough! There was so much that could have been fleshed out! The jumping ahead by weeks, and the simplicity of the storytelling...I was not ready for it to end!

I am now waiting the address of the next reader, so I can send it on.

Journal Entry 42 by wingHawkettewing from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Have had no response from the other Aussie on the list, so this will now be traveling to Hawaii - lucky little book!

Saw the movie after reading the book - I think the combination was right for the story. Neither one nor the other told the story fully for me, but the combination told just enough. But still - there is so much more to know about it all!

Journal Entry 43 by fanclub on Saturday, December 4, 2004
Arrived in today's mail ... this is my next bookring to read!

Journal Entry 44 by fanclub on Monday, December 20, 2004
This was a very quick and interesting read, but I did not find it very emotionally compelling for some reason. I will have to rent the movie and see if it gives any more life to the characters and the injustices they suffered. Thanks for sharing!

And now, this book is on its way to illinicheme!

Journal Entry 45 by illinicheme from Novato, California USA on Monday, January 31, 2005
I'm excited that this book arrived, because I haven't had a bookring pass through in quite awhile. In fact, this is my first bookring since moving to New Jersey! I'll journal again when finished. Thanks!

Journal Entry 46 by illinicheme from Novato, California USA on Tuesday, March 1, 2005
I don't think I've ever met such a short book that was a complete chore to read. I agree with some of the other posters that the trappings of an incredible story are here, but something vital is missing. The language is simple, but that's not the problem. I've read plenty of "simple" books that were eloquent and beautiful. My primary trouble with this book was the abrupt shifts in direction that destroyed any sense of flow. I also felt that any imagery that wasn't trite was bizarre enough to leave me thinking "isn't there a better word choice here?" (One that sticks in my head is when Molly "breaks" dead rabbit meat into three portions. Seems to me that perhaps "tear" would have made more sense?)

Hmmmm, I've been quite harsh. At any rate, I'm a sucker for true stories, so I'm glad I got a chance to give this one a shot, even if I found the writing atrocious. The book will be on its way to PokPok tomorrow morning. Thanks!

Journal Entry 47 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Rec'd this today, along with the amazing packet of brochures and postcards.

The next reader is local to me, and we meet once/twice a month at meetups, so I'll make sure I get this read by the next time I see her.

Journal Entry 48 by PokPok from Vista, California USA on Sunday, March 20, 2005
I think I'm going to pass on this,without reading it. It's raining bookrings here, and something's got to give. Ellymae58 comes to our local meetups, so I'll pass it on in person. If I have a chance to read it before I see her, than I will, but at this time, I'm not expecting it. I did put in some brochures--fun idea!

I'll journal again when I know when our meetup is, that she'll be attending. If it's too long, I'll drop it in the mail.

Journal Entry 49 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Saturday, May 14, 2005
Received from PokPok at our mini meet-up. I saw the film without realizing that there was a book, so glad to now have this in my hands. I will be starting this shortly.

FYI: kbgoffe has been MIA for months, so I would suggest skipping right over her and moving on to caretta.

Journal Entry 50 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Boy, this book really *is* a chore to read. I skipped over a lot of pages at the beginning of the book - it read like a history textbook, and was dull as dirt. I started reading more thoroughly once the girls were taken away. I'm actually glad I saw the movie first, since it tells the heart of the story, and doesn't delve too much into the history.

Journal Entry 51 by EllyMae58 from San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Mailing on to caretta on 5/25. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 52 by caretta from Lynchburg, Virginia USA on Friday, July 1, 2005
I agree w/ the other readers - I loved the movie but did not find the book very compelling. The writing was not good enough to do this story justice.

This book will be traveling on to weeblet -I'm amazed this relay is still going!

Journal Entry 53 by weeblet from Jacksonville, Florida USA on Thursday, July 21, 2005
it's here! i never really thought it would make it all this way...
and that heapin' helpin' of postcars will probably take me as long to sort through as reading the book!

Journal Entry 54 by luv2sewtjr from Greencastle, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, November 2, 2005
I just received this and am looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed browsing through the postcards and am feeling a little bit of wanderlust.

Journal Entry 55 by luv2sewtjr from Greencastle, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, December 12, 2005
I am mailing this out tomorrow unread. :( I have unfortunately been too busy and haven't read much of anything so I must move this along. My apologies for keeping this book so long--not my typical behavior, I swear!!

I live in a super small town and I don't have a local postcard to add.

Journal Entry 56 by therubycanary from Sebago, Maine USA on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Wow! This was has been traveling a long time and has made it a long way. Will read very soon and pass on...

I really enjoyed the combination of actual historical documents with the personal story. I thought this was a very powerful book even with how short and simple it was. I can't even imagine doing something like this as a small child. I also can't imagine the thought process of the officials who thought any of the splitting up of families was a good idea. The pain people are willing to inflict on each other never ceases to amaze me.

Journal Entry 57 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Friday, January 27, 2006
Found this in my mailbox this afternoon. It is the only bookring in my possession, so it shouldn't be too long.

Journal Entry 58 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Hmmm...I am going to have to agree with the majority on this one; fascinating story, but very poorly told. I haven't seen the movie, but might have to since it has gotten nothing but rave reviews in the above journal entries.

Thanks for sharing. I have the address of mellion108 and will be sending it off later today.

Journal Entry 59 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I forgot to add that the pile-o-stuff that is making the rounds with this book now weighs more than the actual book. :) It might be a nice idea to return the postcards and whatnot to YowlYY when the bookray is complete because they are really cool. Just a thought....

Journal Entry 60 by mellion108 from Waterford, Michigan USA on Friday, February 10, 2006
Wow! I sat in the parking lot after picking up this package from the post office, sifting through all the interesting, wonderful cards and brochures from various places. What a treat!

This is safe and sound. I have another ring I have to finish and send on, so I hope to start this within a week at the most. Thanks so much for sharing, YowlYY, and thanks to arugh48187 for sending it my way. :)

Journal Entry 61 by mellion108 from Waterford, Michigan USA on Friday, February 17, 2006
What a fast little read. I now understand how this book has traveled to so many people so quickly. And I'm happy that I can now see the movie! LOL

This was an interesting book. It took me quite a few pages to adjust to the narrative. It's told very simply, almost like, "This happened, and then this happened. Then this happened. After that, this happened." But it's still amazing to look at that map and to fully understand just how far those little girls traveled on foot to return to their families. Astounding.

Thanks again for sharing this. The packet of goodies traveling with the book is wonderful, and I hate letting it go. ;-) I agree that it would be great to return all of this to YowlYY once the bookray is complete. I would be willing to assist the last person in sending these beautiful postcards and brochures on to Australia once finished.

I should be mailing this today or tomorrow at the latest. Thanks!

Journal Entry 62 by kbgoffe from Beaverton, Oregon USA on Friday, March 3, 2006
One disadvantage to my husband picking up the mail is that he takes it with him to work. He works nights at our local University Hospital. So I don’t get to see the mail until he arrives back home in the morning. Today I hit the jackpot with 3 packages! It certainly starts the day off right. :)

I can’t wait to go through all the postcards and brochures. Of course, I am also looking forward to reading the book too.

Thanks YowlYY for organizing this bookray. BTW, I think it should be a ring, as you need to have a chance to see all the incredible extras traveling with the book.

Journal Entry 63 by kbgoffe from Beaverton, Oregon USA on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
When I started this book I took into account the previous journal entries mention of the first few chapters. It was fascinating to read background history of this story although it was slow going. Once the book started in with the story of the three girls the reading went faster. This is a powerful book. Molly, Gracie and Daisy showed such strength. I plan to now watch the movie as I am curious to the girls’ portrayal.

Thanks YowlYY for sending out this bookray. I hope you get a chance to see all the postcards etc that are traveling with this book.

3/28/06 This book is off to the next reader.

Journal Entry 64 by Kernow8 from Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 22, 2006
Arrived a few days ago - thanks!

Journal Entry 65 by RedDahlia from Folkestone, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
Received book in the post today from Kernow8, thanks. I look forward to reading it having seen the film. I've just read all the postcards. Some wonderful looking places I have never visited before and a few I have! How will I be able to top that?

Journal Entry 66 by RedDahlia from Folkestone, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, July 23, 2006
This is one of those rare occasions when I actually prefer the film to the book. As mentioned in previous journals it is very simply written and could have done with a little more fleshing out to get a better sense of their incredible experience. Their journey took two arduous months in which they walked approx 15 to 20 miles a day over very difficult terrain living off nature. How on earth did they do it and survive? The youngest was only 8 yrs old! The book just doesn't encapsulate the experience for me. It was written sixty years after the event by the daughter of one of the girls (two sisters and a cousin) but I think it would have been a better read if it had been ghost written by a more qualified writer.

I still enjoyed reading the book but just felt frustrated knowing how much has been condensed into a mere 133 pages. The first 50 pages describes the history of the aborigines and the last 83 the journey from Jigalong to the settlement and then the escape home again! Much too short and not enough of how they felt emotionally!

Thanks YowlYY for sharing the book with us all! So many comments from so many people. The book is travelling well!

I am now awaiting a reply from Winterson so that I can mail this book on to her next.

Journal Entry 67 by RedDahlia from Folkestone, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, August 5, 2006
Winterson isn't answering to PMs and looking at her bookshelf she does not seem to have been active for several months so I have now contacted the next person on the list. The book is now on its way to Spike1972.

Journal Entry 68 by spike1972 from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Arrived this morning. I'm looking forward to looking through the postcard etc too, and I'll try and add to them.

"2. The book gets to be the first on your TBR pile – of course, after the one you're just being reading... But please don't leave the book on a shelf for more than 2 weeks before starting to read it..."

I don't know that I'll have finished my current read within two weeks, but I'll try my best.

I saw the film on tv a while back, and I just hope the book is better.. ;os

Journal Entry 69 by spike1972 from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 17, 2006
I've now started this book.

Journal Entry 70 by spike1972 from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, August 21, 2006
This is already so much better than the film.

I'll come back and edit this entry once I've finished the book.

Journal Entry 71 by spike1972 from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, August 27, 2006
Firstly, thank you MoJeDenUK for encouraging me to read this, after I said I didn't really think that much of the film.

You're right, the book is soo much better. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and, possibly, the best thing was the descriptive writing about the scenery, as well as the other people.

At the end of this book I was reminded of how I felt at the end of watching the film Apollo 13. The story is almost too much to believe, and if I didn't know that it was true, I'd probably have thought much less of it.

And I also enjoyed looking through the postcards too.

I think YowlYY wants this book to visit 'home' next, so I'll wait for confirmation before I post it off.

Journal Entry 72 by spike1972 from Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
This is now on its way home for a short stay, before, I believe, carrying on its journey.

Journal Entry 73 by YowlYY on Thursday, August 31, 2006
Just arrived! Thanks to all who contributed, and made sure that all the leaflets and postcards are included to the shipment each time. I am yet to have a proper look at those, but I have to say I am impressed! And the book looks pretty good too, considered the miles that it has travelled during the last 2 years and 11 months ;)

I will make another JE with my comments and post a picture of the lot with book before having the package move forward to Kanapoutz in France.

Journal Entry 74 by YowlYY on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
As promised, I've taken a pic of all the cards and things that have been accompanying the book - it hasn't been easy to arrange them in a way that at least a piece of each could be seen, but I did it...although half of my 3 1/2 seater sofa was full!! The pic I uploaded in the previous journal entry... it's great, isn't it??

It took me a little bit longer to have this book ready to continue the journey, but here it is now! I absolutely L O V E D all the cards and flyers everyone added... it gave me the chance to do a bit of mind travelling to beautiful places I am not likely to visit (unless I win the lottery!) and re-visit others I've been to. And of course enjoyed all the rabbity references ;-) Because I am such a bunny person, I am giving the virtual prize of "best postcard" to Jemima's picture, who owns acropolis (see pic of this JE)...she's a lovely bunny!

The book is leaving today to France...happy reading!

Journal Entry 75 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Waow!!! This is a well travelled book! Absolutely amazing...
Thanks YowlYY!

Journal Entry 76 by KanaPoutz from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur France on Thursday, December 7, 2006
What more can I say?
I preferred the movie, like most readers of this book who have seen it. I thought it was more emotional and you could really feel what those 3 very courageous girls went through. However I really enjoyed the historic part of the book and learning a bit more about the white settling in Australia. I was just really surprised and disappointed that the part about the girls actually walking back home was so short!

Like a couple of other readers, I only noticed the glossary when I'd finished the book and that was a bit frustrating! So just in case the next readers are the same as me and don't think about looking at the end, I've added a small post-it note at the front of the book!

Thanks a lot YowlYY for this ray and thanks everybody for making it travel so long and so far, I really enjoyed reading all the entries and all the postcards! Of course I'll add mine!
I'll be sending the book to Canada to Darkpunkangel tomorrow.

Journal Entry 77 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, December 18, 2006
Thanks, book came today with all the beautiful postcards. I'll have a look at them later. I'll probably be able to start the book today!

Journal Entry 78 by darkpunkangel from Barrie, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 1, 2007
This was a very interesting read. I'm so glad that they escaped, can't believe those existed. The girls were perfectly fine before, their ways are not below are's, there equal.

I'm PMing for addresses and will send it out as soon as I get one.

Journal Entry 79 by luckydipper from Coolangatta, Queensland Australia on Thursday, January 18, 2007
This book has come back to Australia again! thank you YowlYY for begining the ray and darkpunkangel for sending me this book and the parcel of treasures that is following it around, what a lucky little book, I wish I could go to half the places it has been.

Journal Entry 80 by luckydipper from Coolangatta, Queensland Australia on Monday, January 22, 2007
MY opinion – SPOILER ALERT – so if you want to read my opinion (yes my opinion, which does not necessarily have to be the same as everyone else’s, please use your computer mouse to highlight the text below in the blank section)

I decided to read this book like I would a text book, to read with an open mind, and take no biased judgment in with me on either the white or aboriginal sides.
This book was like watching tennis – backward and forward.
There was not enough information in some places yet over the top information in other places.
There was contradictory information throughout the book.
The girls did not describe the contact they had with the whites after being removed in a bad, negative way, yet they were treated like outcasts and teased by their own families, cousins, brothers because of who they were while living in the bush.
It was commented; on more than one occasion that they were sleeping in beds without sheets and had no curtains, yet they grew up sleeping on the ground with no clothes and this was acceptable to them.
Let me say this – if a white family were living in the bush, wore no clothes, ate what they caught. Their children would also be removed and we would ALL find this just, because we all would label this as child abuse and/or neglect.

Who is able to make this judgment?
Is it wrong to decide that it is acceptable or is it wrong to decide it is not acceptable?

I think that the book should have had more depth, more information, I don’t think it showed the true feelings of the girls, the true situation of how they were treated, I believe they could have been treated a lot worse then the book made out, but the book did not go into it???
I did not find the ending a happy one, to me it was the saddest part, why was it that the next generation of children were also taken, even when Molly was obviously working on a ranch, earning the white mans idea of a living and living in a white mans idea of life.

A huge thank you to YowlYY for beginning this ray, and a big thank you to all the people who contributed to the travels of this book.

I hope no one minds, but I loaned this book to browneyedgirl76 today who promised to read it fast and pass back to me within the week, I have the next participants address so as soon as I receive the book back i will forward to NZ.

Journal Entry 81 by luckydipper from Coolangatta, Queensland Australia on Sunday, January 28, 2007
I received this back on Thursday and since we had Australia Day on Friday - I think that is excellent that this book was in Australia for this day of Australian celebration. I am sending this off to Sherlockfan first thing in the morning.

Journal Entry 82 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, February 1, 2007
The book arrived in Wellington today after about 3 and a half year's travel - and what an exciting package. All those additional cards, pamphlets and brochures make it such an interesting treasure trove.
I'll read it next. Currently I am reading furiously as some of the books that come to NZ for our 4th NZ BookCrossing Convention pass across our threshold and just can't be resisted. Thanks to the dozens of folk around the world who are sending their books as their ambassadors.

To all those lovely people who have participated in this BookRay with some really interesting journal entries I'd like to introduce the website for our convention and the great logo designed by FutureCat in Christchurch.


The building in the logo is part of our Parliament and is known as "The Beehive". It is a modern day architect's idea of what would sit well with the lovely old marble building of our Parliament. Some disagree.


Two weeks from now it will all be on and I'll be in the West Plaza setting up tables of books.

If you do visit the convention website please sign our Guest Book - we love to know that people around the world are sharing our excitement even if they can't be with us. Next time perhaps.

I'm so looking forward to reading this book and am delighted to be included.

Journal Entry 83 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, February 3, 2007
That was a very quick read - I was very interested in the early text-book portion about the settlement of Western Australia and not really surprised by the cavalier approach taken towards the original inhabitants of the country. Not too dissimilar to what happened during our New Zealand settlement initially although we didn't make any attempt to segregate the people of mixed blood.

I was expecting much more description of the actual trip. It seemed a trifle played down or perhaps that arose from the simplistic style. I agree with the journal entry above suggesting a ghost writer could have been used which could have produced a tremendous story to accompany what was a tremendous a feat.

Thanks too, to KanaPoutz who put a sticky alerting readers to the glossary at the back. I will keep a watch out for the film or a video.

I have pm-ed Winterson but if s/he doesn't reply quickly I'll try xanthi-pup just to keep it moving.

Thanks luckydipper for including me

Journal Entry 84 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, February 19, 2007
The remaining list for this book ray is :-
37. Sherlockfan (New Zealand)<---- the book is here!
38. Xanthe-pup (UK) CAn't find her.
Found her thanks to YowlYY and send a messagebut still no response.
39. Winterson (UK) No response to message 3 Feb
40. veganbob (UK) Message going today
41. KT-J (UK)
42. Bug2004 (USA)
43. Clawdia (Spain)

I can't find Xanthe-pup through the People search function. I sent a pm to Winterson on 3 February and have not had a response. This book should not be sitting about I don't think, especially with the super collection of cards etc in the packet.
I'll send a message to veganbob and see if he would like it now.

YowlYY, I guess you will see a copy of this JE - do you have any comment?

Journal Entry 85 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, February 22, 2007
I've had no response to my message to Xanthe-pup but a charming message from VeganBob who MrFan and I met at Birmingham and whose company we enjoyed.

He has kindly offered to try to get this to the right people once it's arrived in England and he's read it. Most frustrating.

Thanks for your help YowlYY. Posting it off today. Given the weight with all the pamphlets etc I'll probably send it surface mail although there is often very little difference.

Journal Entry 86 by Sherlockfan at on Thursday, February 22, 2007

Released 14 yrs ago (2/22/2007 UTC) at



Hope this travels safely.
Its been going for a long time now.

Journal Entry 87 by veganbob from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Many thanks to Sherlockfan for sending this book to me, which I received today!
It was lovely looking through all the postcards and leaflets that everybody's contributed to the parcel since the book started on its long journey, years before I became a member of Bookcrossing!
I promise to find some to send, before I try to get in touch with those on this bookring that are next in line to receive it.

Journal Entry 88 by veganbob from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Many thanks to Sherlockfan for sending this book to me, which I received today!
It was lovely looking through all the postcards and leaflets that everybody's contributed to the parcel since the book started on its long journey, years before I became a member of Bookcrossing!
I promise to find some to send, before I try to get in touch with those on this bookring that are next in line to receive it.

Journal Entry 89 by YowlYY on Friday, March 16, 2007
Just a short message to say thank you to all of you who participated to this international bookray...so far, it is the first ray that has been travelling for so long!
I have modified the list of recipients for this ray, considering that there is another interested reader in the US...so the list goes now like this:

45. itch2stitch (UK)
46. Clawdia (Spain)

Thanks again and happy reading!

Journal Entry 90 by veganbob from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, March 23, 2007
Enjoyed reading the book very much, although after watching the film, I thought that it would be longer.
Sorry, no time for a proper Journal Entry as I've not much time available and am still feeling the effects of 'flu' that I've had.
This book is reserved for KT-J and will be sent off to her soon.


Book sent by First Class Post today to KT-J , who is the next in line to receive it on this Bookring/ray.

Journal Entry 92 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Received yesterday - I can't believe the amount of postcards included with this book! I think they will take longer than the book to read!

Thanks Veganbob for sending it, and thanks YowlYY for adding me to the list. I'm going on holiday over Easter so will hopefully be reading it then!

Journal Entry 93 by KT-J from Bury, Lancashire United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I found this book really interesting, sad and uplifting all at the same time. Although I knew that this 'lost generation' existed I never really knew the full background to it or what the children, and all aborigines, had to endure at the hands of the settlers in Australia.

I'm really glad I read this and found the story of what the children went through to get home to their families amazing. I think I expected a bit more detail and was surprised the book wasn't longer but the fact it was all based on the recollections of the women makes it a fantastic story.

Thanks again YowlYY for including me in the bookring. I've PMd Xanthe-pup so will be sending this on (with a few more postcards!) once I've received an address :o)

Edit 23/4/07: Xanthe-pup has bowed out of the bookring so I have PMd Bug2004 today.

Edit 30/04/07: This has been posted to Bug2004 today by surface mail - hopefully it won't take too long to get there though! Hope you enjoy it :o)

Journal Entry 94 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, June 16, 2007
Rec'vd in the mail today. Wow! The postcards!!! What fun!!! Thanks for sharing...I look forward to it!

Journal Entry 95 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Wednesday, August 8, 2007
First and foremost, please allow me to apologize for hanging onto this one for so long!!!!!! It was not my intention going into this, but it''s just the way it worked out!!!

I really enjoyed this one!! I wish it were longer. I just didn''t think the length did the story justice. The strength those girls had...amazing!!! It certainly piqued my interest in this time period....I realize how ignorant I am to the history of other lands. I will look for other books on this topic.

Thanks so much for your patience and thanks so much for sharing this one!!!!!! This will be mailed tomorrow(or later today, based on the time right now). :)

Journal Entry 96 by UnwrittenLibra from Middleton, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Finally got this one yesterday! Anticipating this for a long time...don't worry everyone, it's safe. The collection of paraphernalia is amazing. I am a huge fan of the movie and even have a poster in my room. I totally can't wait to read it! Thanks to all who've contributed to the fun so far!

Journal Entry 97 by UnwrittenLibra from Middleton, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, September 15, 2007
Took the book with me from Baltimore, MD to Amherst, MA (where I currently attend UMass Amherst) and sent it from here. Fantastic book, fantastic story. Sent it off with a few new postcards and brochures to Leisha in Norway...go, book, go!

Journal Entry 98 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
OMG ... !! I cannot BELIEVE how far this book has travelled. Or what surprisingly good condition it was still in, considering. I was also really surprised by how thin the book is! When I got the package from UnwrittenLibra today and kind of felt the outside of it I was thinking a paperback of maybe 300 pages. Instead it's not even half that. :-D The bundle of postcards and flyers accompanying the book is as someone already mentioned thicker than the book by now. It's amazing. This is really a great example of what BookCrossing can be. :-) Thank you YowlYY for letting me be part of this!!! And thanks to everyone for keeping this ray moving for so long. I think it's a real achievement. I will journal again when I've read the book.

Thank you!! :-)

Journal Entry 99 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Monday, October 22, 2007
The book is read, October 15th through 21st.

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone, YowlYY especially for sharing this with all of us, but to everyone else in the ray also for keeping this book travelling for such a long time, and not least for such enormous distances. It's incredibly impressive. Kudos to everyone. :-)

Second, I love all the postcards and brochures that accompany the book. A great idea (which I think I'll have to steal ;-). I've just spent an hour or more reading everything and sorting it in order. It's a wonderful testament to what I think BookCrossing is all about - sharing books and connecting with other people from around the world. Thank you all for sharing! I will add a memento from Oslo before sending the book on.

Third, the book itself ... and I have to mention that I haven't seen the movie, yet. I suspect that I may have it here somewhere on a DVD, recorded from TV ... but I have such a huge messy pile of DVDs that I have no idea where it might be. I will definitely see it one day though. I think I will find it very interesting, especially after reading all the comments here.

The book. Well, it's a very interesting story. It's worth reading because of the story that it tells. It's a fascinating piece of history and it's important to know it ... what people from our part of the world have done to those who seemed to us at that time inferior. Many terrible things have been done in the name of civilization and of ... I hardly know how the people of that time could justify to themselves what they did to the Aborigines. It seems so obviously appalling to us today ...

Right. Interesting story. But SO badly written. It's very obvious that the author is very inexperienced ... and unskilled ... but she also doesn't seem to be very talented. I'm sorry to say it. The book should also have had a much stricter editor; there are typos and grammatical and punctuation mistakes which a good editor ought to have weeded out. And just basically the whole thing is kind of ... schizo. :-) The book doesn't seem to know whether it's a novel or a nonfiction history book. It starts out as a novel, that's what I thought it was ... but then suddenly it turns into a regular history book ... and then after that it just goes back and forth. I found that really weird and it made it a little hard to focus on the story.

The narration also skimmed over important parts of the story and I missed some information that I felt would have improved the book a lot. Like when they get to Moore River, it just says in a very depersonalized way (I thought) that kids were treated so badly there, the food was lousy, punishments were unreasonably harsh, etc. But this was not connected to the situation of the three girls in any way ... and then when they escape it seems they do that when they've only been there for two days and haven't had any of these bad experiences personally. So that was really weird. I also have to question the correctness of the story in that it doesn't seem believable that the girls managed to get far enough the first day to evade capture, since they chose to escape at the exact time of day when they would be certain to be missed almost immediately. So did it really happen like that ... my sense of logic tells me that this part of the story must have been misinterpreted slightly. I also missed hearing a little more about the feelings of the girls throughout the story. But their ability to survive in the outback like they did seemed very credible. Molly must have had a will of absolute iron ... !!

To conclude: this is a book well worth reading, but only for the important and inspiring story that it tells, not for the writing. I look forward to seeing the book continue its travels and hearing what other people think of it. :-) Like some other readers have said: I wish I could travel to half the places this book has been to. :-)

I'll PM the next person in line for his/her address and get the book in the mail soon.

Journal Entry 100 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Sunday, November 4, 2007
I guess people have been wondering why this book hasn't moved for a while, even after I said I read it - I do have itch2stitch's address, so the book is definitely ready to travel. I have sorted through the pile of cards and leaflets and have added three from Oslo to the pile. Everything has now been stacked in chronological order (oldest on top) and placed in a BookCrossing Release Bag. There's plenty of room for more; as it is now there's even room for the book in the bag. :-) I hope the book will continue to travel, and the bag continue to fill with cards and flyers ... !

Anyway! The book has been with me for longer than it should because I wanted to take it with me to the BC meetup here in Oslo to show some other BookCrossers the stash of cards and assorted goodies. :-) Meetup was today and everyone was duly impressed - sota48 now wants to do the same with a bookring I have set up that she is the first reader for. ('The Fifth Child' by Doris Lessing; another slim and lightweight volume.) We all agreed that BookCrossing is awesome. ;-)

The book will travel again soon, probably next week. Thanks for your patience, everyone!!



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