The Kadaitcha Sung is a book that shocks and confronts but the message is that the treatment of Australia’s First Nations’ people by the British invaders was brutal and shocking. It uses the genre of magical realism and describes violent incidents to communicate the rape of the people and the land.
But it is beautifully and brilliantly written, and the fact that it is so well written carries the story though. As an Australian it is always devastating to read of the tragedy of what we have done to our Aboriginal people – all the more reason why all Australians should read this book.
Note: ‘Kadaitcha’ is a term for an Aboriginal medicine man or witchdoctor.
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