Marshall, James Vance: Walkabout

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Walkabout by James Vance Marshall Plot: Mary and her brother Peter are the only survivors of a plane crash in the middle of the Australian desert. They have been on the way to their uncle in Adelaid, but now, alone in this unknown territory, it seems to be impossible to go back to civilization or even to survive. Mary is the elder one and therefore she has to take responsibility for her btother, more than ever before. The two children have some sugar to survive the first two days after crash, so they stay rather close to the plane at first. They follow a stream southward in order to come to Adelaide. Afterwards, they are moving through a tangle of vegetation and trunks of fallen trees block their path. It is difficult to find something to eat, so they soon get hungry. They walk away from the stream into less luxuriant vegetation and climb hills until they find some fruits on trees. They collect a lot of them till they find out that they are observed by somebody. It is a naked ebony black boy who is watching them. He cannot be much elder then Mary and both, the children and he stare at each other for a very long time. It is the first time he sees white people. Two different cultures collide at that place: the children, who live in our lifestyle and the Aborigine, who hasn´t changed his way of life for about twenty thousand years. A snezze of Peter makes himself laughing and the other boy begins to laugh too. Mary decides not to move while the black boy examines their ...

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