Although slightly too long (could have done with a bit of an edit) this is an enjoyable mystery adventure book, with a distinctively Australian voice.
There should be more stories like this in the world. Monty Pryor’s heart-breaking, uplifting, and funny recollections of his life – so far – will fill your heart and feed your soul. If you think that you know about ‘the Aboriginal history’ of Australia – think again. Monty brings an intensely personal point of view to the history of Australia, and at that same time manages to describe the universal experience of Aborigine’s on this island both before and after the arrival of Europeans.
Written in the 90s in conjunction with Meme McDonald, and Margaret Dunkle, Allen & Unwin released an updated edition in 2010, which I am going to find and read.
Although parts of this story are repetitious and some points are made more than once, this is still a refreshing and satisfying read.
It is the 1950s, and for a boy who was born ‘out of wedlock’, to a mother that died at his birth, was found by an aboriginal man, grows up with loving but austere foster parents, and has dyslexia – well, let say that Tom has a hard life.
Belinda Jeffrey coaxes this story along, teases out the all the little details, until you are totally immersed in Tom’s world.
Set against the life of the tiny town of Swan Reach on the Murray River, Big River Little Fish is a magic tale of a bygone era, when hard living and small town gossip can drive a man to drink.