List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood
10. The Master and Margherita
11. The Fault in Our Stars
12. Of Mice and Men
13.Fade to Black
14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
16. Captains Courageous
17. A Brief History of Time
18. The Trial
19. Wind up Bird Chronicle
20. A Visit from the Goon Squad
22. Count Zero
24. Hell's Angels
25. Anansi Boys
27. A Hero of Our Time
28. Mona Lisa Overdrive
29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor
30. The Last Blues Dance
Review is more for the Australians than anyone else, as I'm not sure non-Australians would understand anything in these stories.
A collection of stories from the Kimberly's, and is an ambitious project. Paddy Roe (escaped the clutches of the Stolen Generation) narrates a dozen short stories to academic Stephen Muecke, which are reproduced (including the interaction between narrator and audience) here. It reads more like a play than a story. Muecke went to painstaking effort to capture the unique way stories are told in Indigenous Australian tradition, even writing much of the prose in phonetics to give the reader the sense of Paddy's accent, clipped speech, pauses and rambling method of telling a story.
Honestly, this was a real disappointment for me. Reading the introduction was excellent, Muecke explains how he hoped to capture the nature of Paddy's stories, and communicate them to a non-Indigenous audience, thus transcending, in some way, the vast gulf between cultures in Australia. The introduction is heartfelt, passionate and vivid, but the stories are anything but. Paddy's stories usually deal with one or two fantastical elements interrupting a normal day, but they fail to capture my interest. The performative aspect of the narration is mildly interesting, but doesn't actually excite me at all. In a detached, academic way it's kind of OK, but it's not the visceral and intense method alluded to in the introduction.
After working with Indigenous Australians for the past three years, I was hoping to come across something that was insightful, revealing and intimate - as I'm yet to find a single example of any Indigenous culture that meets these criteria for me - but I was, again, left wanting.
Barely interesting, non-informative, with an excellent introduction Gularbulu is probably not worth a read (especially if you're not Aussie).