Teaser Tuesday: The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark

Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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."
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"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.

13 comments

  1. I know I have probably commented and said this before, but I love reading a book blog written by a fellow Australian! It's so nice seeing someone read Australian literature and refer to landmarks that I am very familiar with! :)especially after reading so many posts about American YA novels!

    Also, I have not read this text, but I read 'Prelude to Christopher' a few years back and loved it. Dark is a fantastic writer and I really need to get my hands on some more of her books. Thanks for the reminder!

    Rachel
    And the plot thickens...

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  2. I really liked the first lines in the first excerpt you chose. It sounds beautiful.

    Mine is from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Night Pleasures.

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  3. the description are beautiful. While I have never traveled much one of my goals is to visit Australia. This book sounds like one I would love to read.

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  4. Beautiful imagery! Makes me want to go there...

    Here's mine:

    http://rainysnowday.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/teaser-tuesdays-13/

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  5. Sounds so good! Great teaser. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  6. Gorgeous imagery! I love the descriptions of the land and the magic. Great teasers!

    If you'd like, you can check out mine here.

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  7. Ooh, such wonderful descriptions. Great teaser!

    My teaser is here.


    Happy reading. :)

    xx,
    E.J.

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  8. Not my usual read, but the teaser is good!
    HERE is my teaser for this week!

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  9. just lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    My teaser!

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