My Place

My Place Looking at the views and experiences of three generations of indigenous Australians this autobiography unearths political and societal issues contained within Australia s indigenous culture Sally Mor

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  • Title: My Place
  • Author: Sally Morgan
  • ISBN: 9780949206312
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • Looking at the views and experiences of three generations of indigenous Australians, this autobiography unearths political and societal issues contained within Australia s indigenous culture Sally Morgan traveled to her grandmother s birthplace, starting a search for information about her family She uncovers that she is not white but aborigine information that was kept aLooking at the views and experiences of three generations of indigenous Australians, this autobiography unearths political and societal issues contained within Australia s indigenous culture Sally Morgan traveled to her grandmother s birthplace, starting a search for information about her family She uncovers that she is not white but aborigine information that was kept a secret because of the stigma of society This moving account is a classic of Australian literature that finally frees the tongues of the author s mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.

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    1. I don’t know how anyone could read this and not have their heart broken for the black fellas (or Aborigines) and those who’ve fought in wars. In many ways it was quite a tragedy, and as the story continued, I had a lump in my throat , because it actually happened. Just read it – that’s all I can say. You won’t be sorry when you do. Thank you Sally, for opening my eyes a little wider.

    2. My Place, by Sally Morgan is now an Australian Classic, but it wasn’t when I first read it back in 1988, Australia’s bicentennial year. Like many Australians, I was shocked to read this deeply moving memoir which revealed without bitterness or rancour a chastening story of endemic racism in our country. I had thought I was an educated person and this book made me realise to my dismay that I knew nothing about the Aboriginal heritage that underpins Australian identity. When I saw My Place as [...]

    3. 3.5 Stars-- I honestly have to say that I probably never would have picked up this book if it wasn't sent to me by a friend. Mostly because I never knew it existed, but that's beside the point, hehe. I'm not really a memoir reader, but I am trying to read more non-fiction this year, so this blended perfectly with this goal. My Place tells the story of how Sally Morgan discovered who she is. In a way, it was a very touching story, and I'm glad that I read it. I've never really given much thought [...]

    4. Finish date: 17 November 2017Genre: memoirRating: BReview: This is one one of the first books written from the Aboriginal point of view. "No one knows what it was like for us.” (pg 208). Sally Morgan’s family shame… was so strong that she had not been told she was indigenous. She was well into her teens when her mother admitted the truth. (pg 170-71). Sally Morgan’s book My Place was written 30 years ago. But is is still a very relevant. She is an excellent storyteller…and her family h [...]

    5. This book really touched me. I first became aware of the situation of the Aboriginal peoples in Australia when I was working for Blackwell North America during the early 1980s. We provided books to several Australian academic libraries, and they seemed to order everything on North American Indians. One of the other Blackwellians, who had visited Australia several times on business, told me how bleak life was for the Aboriginals, and that many Australians were trying to figure out how to improve [...]

    6. I knew next to nothing about aboriginal history before reading this for my postcolonial module, and now I want to read all I can on the topic. This is an incredibly moving memoir, and it made me laugh as many times as it made me cry. It's not the most perfectly written book, but it's beautiful nonetheless.

    7. I found this book incredibly sad to read. The information was nothing new, I am all too familiar with the issues and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Nan was right, don't ever trust doctors, the Government or wealthy people.ry wise.We like to feel Australia has made huge leaps in the treatment and handling of Indigenous people but it's not true. It's what we say to ourselves so we don't feel too bad about the blackfellas rotting away in the middle of outback Australia, out of sight out of mi [...]

    8. I haven't finished this book but I give a full five stars. It is written in an honest, uncompromising Australian vernacular without seeming to be a caricature of Australians or the way some speak. I read this and Sally Morgan has made me crack up and weep and wish I knew way more about our indigenous history and languages. I am only 31 but I do not remember being taught anything remotely like what I have learnt from this book. My history department was too busy teaching us about the glorified Ca [...]

    9. This wasn’t part of my school’s curriculum when I was going through, and I believe that nowadays it is often one of the required reads for students. I think this is a great idea - it opens communication about a range of issues, but particularly what it was like to grow up as an indigenous Australian in the 1920s and 1930s, and also what it is like to grow up not knowing your family history.Sally tells this as her story, but also incorporates her great-uncle’s, grandmother’s, and mother's [...]

    10. I read this book in year 11 for Literature. It is a 440-page tome, but the extent of our analysis was: “So this is a memoir. How much of memoir is true and why does it matter?” I was a bit disappointed. Why did I do all that reading to ask such a basic question? There’s obviously a lot more to get from this book, and re-reading it eight years later I appreciate its richness. Morgan starts off with a chronological story of her childhood and growing up, right through to getting married, havi [...]

    11. I grew up in Washington State, the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and in our history classes we studied Colonial America and Africa. Therefore, I only had the information my mother gave me about Aboriginal suffering.You can be sure that upon my arrival into an Australian history class I was blown away by how much I absolutely did not know about Aboriginal oppression in Australia. My history teacher made quick work of introducing us to the racist discrimination that "white Australia" emp [...]

    12. Another book I’m glad I picked up thanks to a fellow Viner. This is a non-fiction account of the life of Aboriginal professor, artist and author Sally Morgan. The book goes through her memories of childhood dealing with her sometimes abusive father, the struggles of her mother and grandmother trying to provide for Sally and her siblings, and her discovery of her Aboriginal culture. Prior to this book I had no idea of the Aboriginal culture or Austrialia’s history for that matter. This was a [...]

    13. This book makes me weep for the future of Australian Authors. I feel obliged to tell everyone that not only did the book cover make me cringe, but i had to go to counselling because the storyline was that terrible. For months i could not function without crying every moment at the meer thought of how badly written this 'autobiography' was. This book should be rated W for Waste of time. Never again will I read the likes of Sally Morgan. I understand it would have taken strength to write an extens [...]

    14. I am so glad this book was picked for this month's book club. I knew nothing about the history of the way the Aborigines were treated in Australia. I found many comparisons to the way the Blacks and the Native Americans were treated in America. I would have preferred the book to have been separated into different books with her autobiography as one book and how she came to know of her roots and another book with her family members' biographies in another book. I am now curious to find out how th [...]

    15. One of my very favorite books of all times like an old friend I keep revisiting. An honest and illuminating look at some of the issues growing up aboriginal in Australia both in the 1970's and now. While much has changed, much remains the same. Clearly and simply written Morgan's words form a rhythm of their own in the telling of her storyautifully done and well worth the read.

    16. Amazing how coming back to a book at a different time can change your point of view. Last time, about 5 years ago, I was ambivalent. Which is a terrible thing to say. Whilst as a work of literature, this is good to very good. As a cultural touchstone, this is a very important part of Australia’s identity.

    17. This book starts out a bit slowly but it weaves it's magic and the next thing you know, you're engrossed in it, living the lives of the people in the book, sharing their joys, facing their hardships and feeling their sadness. The narration is not linear but goes back and forth, in time and locations, telling the tale from the point of view of different characters, mainly between the 20s to the 80s, where we get to hear the story of several people across three generations within the same family. [...]

    18. It's thirty years since this notedly seminal memoir was published and it had never properly taken my interest, with me a lazy pursuer of even desired reading at the best of times. I thought the title was boring. But recently in my peripheral consciousness a rave about it had come up, like background radio, I don't remember the moment. Then one day I when was falling through the front window of my schizophrenic friend Jimmy Chi's house as I broke in so he could re-graffiti the walls his sisters h [...]

    19. Dreaded finishing this, as I knew I'd bawl my eyes out. But then I've lost count the amount of times I teared up during the rest of the book, so really, it wasn't going to be a huge change of pace, haha.I had to whip through this book because I need it for an assignment, but I don't think that sense of urgency ruined the reading experience. If anything it made it feel all the more remarkable how attached I was to Sally Morgan's family by the end. It seems almost effortless the way she drew you i [...]

    20. "Che perdita avremmo subito se avessimo lasciato le cose come stavano. Saremmo sopravvissuti, ma non come un unico popolo. Non avremmo mai conosciuto il nostro luogo."In questa biografia dal titolo originale My place, Sally Morgan ricostruisce la storia della propria famiglia a partire dalla scoperta della propria discendenza da una tribù di nativi aborigeni.Nel suo percorso alla ricerca della verità (inizialmente ostacolato dalla madre e dalla nonna stesse), Sally riprende la tradizione abori [...]

    21. When Sally finally realizes that she is not of Indian descent but of Aboriginal heritage, she decides to embark on a journey to uncover her grandmother's past and ultimately the story of her own people. However, it becomes a challenge for her grandmother and mother to open up as all their lives they have been taught that being Aboriginal "was something to be ashamed of" and therefore should not be talked about openly. The book is moving, gripping, and though you want more, you are satisfied with [...]

    22. If this book had been just the transcribed tales of Morgan's family, I would have given it 5 stars in a heartbeat. The untold history of Aborigines is too important to let disappear, and the life stories of Morgan's mother, grandmother, and great uncle were interesting to read.However, Morgan's writing left too much to be desired. I wanted so badly to like this book, but the style was so bland and meandering. The collection of stories growing up seemed pointless. There were some that hinted at t [...]

    23. Read this for my book club, and we are discussing it next week. I really really wanted to like this autobiography about a half white, half aboriginal woman and her family in Australia. I wanted to find the issues between black and white people engaging and enlightening, but I couldn't get past the writing style. Much of the book is written as dialogue which just feels forced. The parts where she just tells stories were much better. So, eh, it was okay, some good points, but overall not what I wa [...]

    24. I found this story very interesting, engaging and at times, humorous. I particularly enjoyed reading about the writer's childhood in the early part of the book. I found the narrative flow very good at this part in the book. It would have been a challenge to write this family story from the perspectives of Nan, Gladdie, Sally and Uncle Arthur. This strategy brings further understanding to the family's inter-generational journey.This is the first book completed of my 12 book challenge, and being s [...]

    25. I absolutely loved this book. I first heard it as an abridged audio book and all the characters came to life as their voices actually gave their shortened version of their stories as Sally had recorded them for her book.After a while I read it a few times unabridged and it was just as captivating, even more so because of course, I got the whole story.I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an introduction to aboriginal people; This book will definitely make you laugh in parts, cry in o [...]

    26. Extraordinarily well written, a meandering but purposeful story of regaining pride in identity. In sharing the stories of her mother, grandmother, great uncle, as well as her own, Sally Morgan contributes intimate accounts of indigenous lives to the Australian cultural narrative. This is something that has been sadly lacking- and still largely is- resulting in a lack of understanding of what is has and does mean to be an indigenous person in this country. Compassion cannot exist without understa [...]

    27. Just finished this book tonight, and it was just so powerful and sad and heartbreaking. Definitely opened my eyes to some of the heartbreaking sufferings endured by the native Aboriginal peoples of Australia, and the struggles of living in a prejudiced world. But it inspired me, and made me love them and grieve for them even more than before.This book also surprised me with how beautifully it was written as well. Definitely recommend.

    28. A really moving tale - funny, heart-warming, inspiring. It's about family: At the center of the book there are three generations of very strong women. The characters were so vivid, you get the feeling of knowing them by the end of the book. It's wonderful and very sad. A lot of episodes reminded me of American slave narratives, but this book clearly had more truth in it than many of those exaggerated accounts. Truth - and a touch of magic.

    29. This was such an eye-opener for me when I first read it many years ago. Sally's search to find her family history is well written and without pretension. It is a captivating read and unearths some of the devastating consequences of the Stolen Children era in Australia. Sally's story brings into focus that this legalised splitting up of families happened as recent as the early 1970s. It is NOT ancient history.

    30. I really enjoyed this book. It was slow at times but a very interesting read. I wasn't aware how horribly the aborigines (spelling) were treated. It is horriable that mankind (womankind) can treat each other that way. Also I read it while I was in Western Aus so I traveled through many area of the book they talked about. Highly reccomend it if you are traveling to Australia or interested in Aboriginy culture.

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