Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit Proof Fence The remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home Following an Australian government edict in black aboriginal children and chi

  • Title: Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Author: Doris Pilkington Nugi Garimara
  • ISBN: 9780786887842
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • The remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated In Rabbit Proof Fence, award winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivThe remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated In Rabbit Proof Fence, award winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.The girls headed for the nearby rabbit proof fence that stretched over 1,000 miles through the desert toward their home Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.About the author Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice A Stockman s Daughter Rabbit Proof Fence, her second book, is now a major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh.

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    • Petra X says:

      I am enjoying the book a lot for it's intellectual honesty as well as it's writing, rather than manipulation of emotions. It's looking like it's going to be a 5 star book, but was only a 2 star movie.I watched the film the other night. I felt totally manipulated the whole time. It made me wonder if the director's other job wasn't making Middle East propaganda documentaries. 10% facts, and 90% lots of tear-jerk ahhh those poor people, oooh those evil bastards moments. Plus atmospheric lighting an [...]

    • Whitney Atkinson says:

      Not my favorite. I'd like to read more about Aboriginals, but this wasn't done very well in my opinion and since the author is the daughter of this woman, it was hard to suspend my disbelief in order to read this and all of the little details she inserted.

    • April (Aprilius Maximus) says:

      First book completed for the #AroundTheWorldAThon: Oceania Edition!

    • Richard Derus says:

      Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. Settlement life was unbearable with its chains and padlocks, barred windows, hard cold beds, and horrible food. Soli [...]

    • PattyMacDotComma says:

      4.5★Western Australia, 1930. Not 1830. . . 1930. This is recent history. 2400km, barefoot, through rivers and harsh bush, always hiding. Three “half-caste” Aboriginal girls, 8, 11, and 15, ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, where they’d been sent in the south of the state, and trekked all the way back north on their own, following the rabbit-proof fence. It’s an important story, simply toldME BACKGROUNDFor those who are interested, I’m including web links I found. I hop [...]

    • Diane says:

      Years ago I saw the excellent movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, and GR friend Brendon reminded me that it was based on this remarkable book.Doris Pilkington wrote this memoir after hearing the stories of her mother, Molly, and her aunts, Gracie and Daisy. Pilkington begins the book by sharing some history of the Aboriginal people in Australia, and over the generations we see how the British colonialists stole their land, killed them, starved them, and forced the natives to move into government-approved [...]

    • Sharon says:

      This story is set in Western Australia during the 1930's. It's the story about three young girls Molly, Daisy, and Gracie who are forcibly removed from their families in Jigalong, North West of the Moore River Settlement. Along with these girls there are many other half cast children who are also removed from their families where they are taken to state run facilities. The children are locked into schools with bars on the windows and locks on the doors.Not long after arriving, Molly knows she mu [...]

    • RavenclawReadingRoom says:

      First things first: there are a lot of reviews on complaining that this book isn't adventure-y enough for an adventure novel. That's because IT'S NOT AN ADVENTURE NOVEL. This book is narrative non-fiction. It tells the story of cross-cultural contact in Western Australia from the military outpost at Albany to the settlement at Swan River to the construction of the Canning Stock Route. All of this merely serves to set the scene for Pilkington telling her mother's story. In 1931, the author's mot [...]

    • Chrissie says:

      As a description of the persecution of Aborigines in Australia, this is an important book to have read. An interesting and clear presentation of the facts. The book is about three half-caste aboriginal girls placed in the Moore River Native Settlement outside Perth. They were taken against both the wishes of the girls themselves and their families. This was a common practice, not at all a onetime exception. Half castes, children of aboriginal mothers and white fathers, that being most usually th [...]

    • Puck says:

      “In the life of an Aboriginal woman, no one is more important than her mother when she is young, her daughters when she is old.” I knew very little about the (ugly side of) history of Australia, but this short book definitely was an eye-opener. Rabbit-Proof Fence is the harrowing true story of three mixed-race Aboriginal children who walked a thousand miles to get back to their mothers. This book, written by Doris Pilkington, tells how her mother Molly and her younger cousins Gracie and Dais [...]

    • Emily says:

      At the risk of sounding like one of "those people," the movie was better. I saw it when it came out years ago and liked it enough to get excited when I found the book it was based on at my local library. It seemed to me that Doris Pilkington couldn't decide if she wanted to write a history of her mother's walk or if she wanted to write a fictionalized version of the true events that would allow her to, as she puts it, "call on [her] skills as writer" to fill in details probably forgotten by her [...]

    • Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

      This is the sad yet beautiful, poignant true story of three Aboriginal girls who were taken from their families and tribe during the Australian government's policy of removing children, educating them to be servants and working towards a goal of assimilation by wiping out their genes – the entire race, eventually – through inter-racial marriage. They had found that within three generations of breeding with whites, the children are blond and blue-eyed. Today these children are known as the St [...]

    • MichelleG says:

      Beautiful, beautiful story, I understand the hype around this book, and would highly recommend people read this book.The "Rabbit-Proof Fence" tells the incredibly real and true story of 3 young aboriginal girls, who as part of the stolen generation are removed from their families and taken to a "boarding school" across the country. The girls make the decision to escape after witnessing the horrors of the "school" and embark on the epic journey back to their families and home, by following the ra [...]

    • Kelly (Diva Booknerd) says:

      Australia has a turbulent and atrocious history of the treatment of our traditional land owners, the Indigenous communities that have endured at the mercy of white European settlement. The late Doris Pilkington has created a narration of her mother's story, born to an Indigenous mother and white English father, deprived of her community when removed from her land to be placed into government custody along with her younger sister and cousin. Throughout the introduction, the author discusses the h [...]

    • Carolyn says:

      This is the story of three Aboriginal half caste girls removed from their families in Western Australia by government officials who sent them 1000 miles away to a 'residential school', more like a prison than a boarding school, where they were incarcerated and expected to learn to read and write and speak English before being sent off to be servants. The author, Doris Pilkington (Aboriginal name Nugi Garimara)is the daughter of the eldest girl, Molly and she retells their story in simple, straig [...]

    • Richard says:

      A memoir about three Aboriginal girls who are taken out of their home in Northern Australia (during 1930s) and put in a ‘school’ to train them to become servants. This is all with government approval because the girls are part white and part native. The oldest girl is determined not to stay and to get back to her home. They run away from the school-prison and find the rabbit proof fence that runs the length of Australia and walk home, eating rabbits, beetles, what ever they could find. Pilki [...]

    • Kirstin says:

      I saw the movie based on this book when it came out in 2002 and really enjoyed it but the book turned out to be very-poorly written and a big disappointment. It starts out with a few very confusing and odd chapters about the history of the arrival of white men to Australia and then it moves on to the story of three half white/half Aboriginal girls who are taken over 1600 miles from their homes to an institution to be assimilated into white culture and then they escape and walk back to their home [...]

    • Amy says:

      Okay the whole history and premise of this book is very intriguing. It should get a 5 for that! I am usually one who doesn't like flowery, fluffy prose. I don't need pages and pages of detail to enjoy a story. This book is quick, to the point and almost too short. It is almost written as a direct translation of a related oral story. There is no embellishment. At times I found it a bit rushed. It took 3 girls 9 weeks to travel 1200 + miles alone. The girls were ages 8-14. Nine weeks! I've read no [...]

    • Philip says:

      (Just Follow the) Rabbit Proof Fence is a moving story I had a hard time getting into.I'm not sure why it was. The book was only 130 pages, and it wasn't a particularly challenging read.I feel like I'm betraying the author - especially given that she died less than a year ago. (The link there, is worth clicking. It's an article about Doris Pilkington from the LA Times.)The story fits into my curriculum well, and I don't spend enough time teaching about Australia. It deals with colonialism, indig [...]

    • Tina says:

      The premise of the book is good; but the actuality the book was poorly written, at times grammar incorrect, and thus very disappointing. Their very Lil insight from the girl perspective and the 1st fifty pages were disorganized telling of European colonization. The 1st half of book jumped around all over the place with little to no transition btw completely new subjects. Quick read but was hard to read quickly.

    • Jan Priddy says:

      Since I have watched the film many times and read about controversy surrounding that film, I hoped to find a more complete story. It is here with history of the behavior of Europeans toward indigenous populations, and the recreated dialogue between the children is interesting. The specific strategy used to destroy Native peoples varies throughout the world. In Australia, one theory was to create an under servant class. In North America, they were denied their language and culture in boarding sch [...]

    • Sara says:

      The girls and their journey are remarkable. There is absolutely no question about that.The story, itself, is morose. The bizarre injustice is heightened by the number of people who provided them with food but then called the authorities after they left. Why help them if you're just going to turn them in?These laws were inhumane. But the people are also quite without hope. Their own customs are morbid and depressing. (Hitting one's head until they die when they grieve?) These girls were remarkabl [...]

    • Ebony says:

      Very disappointed in this book. The struggle of the girls was sad, and that was the only chapter I enjoyed "The escape"! So glad that's over. :)

    • Danya says:

      2.5~3 stars. I saw the film many years ago, and I have to say, in comparison with the book, the film wins out in my opinion. This real-life story is an incredible one, but unfortunately I felt like the writing didn't quite manage to do justice to it. The first several chapters provided historical background; while this provided relevant background information to inform the reader's understanding of the situation in which the girls' story took place, I found it a little dry and confusing. It hopp [...]

    • Maureen says:

      I was torn about this rating. At first I thought it wasn't fair to rate a book that kids read in school by my adult reading standards, but then as we were discussing at book club, where some did not even finish it, it occurred to me that as an adult I have read and enjoyed a number of YA books. So maybe it reads better in Australia than the US? I can say that the writing was flat and rather inexpert in my opinion. So it dropped from three to two stars.On the other side of the coin, this is an im [...]

    • Chris says:

      I am not quite sure I like the instrumental interludes, but the story is compelling and well told. There does seem to be quite a focus on food, but the description and conversations are well done. In particular, Pilkington deserves points for making sure the reader understands the period in which the girls undertook thier trek - what the causes were and the interaction between whites and native peoples.

    • Evan Pickett says:

      A really important story, that was simply written from the perspective of young Aboriginal girls. Language is simple, so would be a good book for teenagers. The scale of their feat was amazing, and heart-breaking that this happened to so many young families.

    • Stella Budrikis says:

      An amazing story, both heart-warming and sad.

    • Sther Weasley (La búsqueda de Papel) says:

      Good!Es una adaptación y sentí que me faltaba información en algunos puntos.

    • Alisha Brook says:

      Title: Follow the Rabbit-proof Fence Series: - Author: Doris Pilkington & Nugi GarimaraGenre: Non FictionRating: 3.5 starsReview to come.

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