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Defiant after a ‘little crisis’

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September 1992, no. 144

Broken Dreams by Bill Dodd

UQP, $12.95 pb

Defiant after a ‘little crisis’

by
September 1992, no. 144

In 1983, Bill Dodd was nearly eighteen when he dived into a river and nearly lost his life. Dodd warns against diving carelessly into waterholes: ‘It can give you a lot of unnecessary hassles, take it from me.’ This laconic understatement is characteristic of Dodd’s account of his life. He is now a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair for life. Yet, without straining credibility, Dodd manages to convince you that he is a lucky man.

In crisp, direct prose Dodd tells his story of growing up as a Murri in Mitchell in southern Queensland. A cheerfully tough kid, young Dodd was willing to throw a few punches, especially at anyone crass enough to make remarks about his Aboriginality. But Dodd describes a happy childhood. His hero was his father, a stockman and horse breaker. His love was, and remains, horses.

John Hanrahan reviews 'Broken Dreams' by Bill Dodd

Broken Dreams

by Bill Dodd

UQP, $12.95 pb

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