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Offshore vistas

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September 2005, no. 274

The Tao of Shepherding by John Donnelly

Pandanus, $22.95 pb, 410 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Lost Tribe by Jane Downing

Pandanus, $29.95 pb, 269 pp

Offshore vistas

by
September 2005, no. 274

These novels fulfil the brief of ANU’s Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, where Pandanus Press was founded in 2001, by viewing Australia and Australians from the perspectives of China and a distant island. In The Tao of Shepherding, set in the 1850s, two young Chinese men are kidnapped and sold as labourers to a Riverina sheep property, where they lose all hope of returning to civilisation. The Lost Tribe is mellower, in that the Pacific is crossed in both directions in its counter-pointed narratives, one set in the present and the other in the 1860s. These second novels, by promising Australian authors with direct knowledge of the countries depicted in them, offer insights into cross-cultural interactions, myths and religion.

Cheryl Taylor reviews ‘The Tao of Shepherding’ by John Donnelly and ‘The Lost Tribe’ by Jane Downing

The Tao of Shepherding

by John Donnelly

Pandanus, $22.95 pb, 410 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Lost Tribe

by Jane Downing

Pandanus, $29.95 pb, 269 pp

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