The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark
Rather than two sentences this week, I am going to share two excerpts from the book simply because I love he way in the which the land now called 'Australia' is described by Dark.
"Silence ruled this land. Out of silence mystery comes, and magic, and the delicate awareness of unreasoning things. The black men learned from it, having no other teacher, neither hunger nor danger, and what they learned was different from the learning of mankind in other lands where famine threatened, and wild animals, fierce and powerful, thrust upon it a feverish development of its only weapon - thought."and
"Here was unfailing nourishment. The quiet land was illimitable, unknown, a mystery beyond the tribal borders. The black men's awareness of it was like the awareness of a seed for the changing season, of a cicada for the breaking heat of day, of the shellfish, sensitive to the wash of sea-water over its rock pool. Magic was all about them, entering their lives, their bodies, bringing birth or death".Just reading those brings these stirring images to my mind. I picture the Australian bush as I know it, in places like the Blue Mountains and down the coast, and I imagine the silence that existed before we arrived to take the indigenous population's land. So far I am very much enjoying this book. The prose used by Dark evokes very clear images of the landscape and the people. It's a true Australian classic.