Book Reviews of Rabbit-Proof Fence : The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

Rabbit-Proof Fence : The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of  All Time
Rabbit-Proof Fence The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time
Author: Doris Pilkington
ISBN-13: 9780786887842
ISBN-10: 0786887842
Publication Date: 12/2002
Pages: 142
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Miramax Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
For some reason, the white government in Australia decided that half-caste aboriginal children shouldn't be raised by their parents and would be better off living in camps in order to be trained as domestic servants. This is the story of Molly, Gracie and Daisy who escape from captivity and follow the rabbit-proof fence thousands of miles home to their families.

The story is a little dry, as it is told in a very no nonsense aboriginal manner, without the kind of examination of motivations or background information that western readers are accustomed to having. The movie is a great adjunct, as the director fleshes out the book while still remaining true to the story.
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The girls performed a marvelous feet is surviving a 3 month long walk back home, but the
book is written mostly off telegrams and a few odd facts. There is no day by day account of what really happened, thus I found it lacking in excitement. I think I would have preferred a novel written about the story loosely based on their experience. I had
just been in Australia and did enjoy knowing what they were talking about after being in several of the places in the book. That made it more enjoyable for me.
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Excellent, informative, eye-opening book....another example of mans' inhumanity to man, disturbing.
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Disappointing. I was so interested in this book, but found it very poorly written.

The first 30 pages were confusing because the rabbit-proof fence was referred to several times, but not explained until much later.

Ideas were not developed at all. Rather, factual statements were made and story-like accounts given, but it didn't flow in a logical way.

You would need to know something about the history on which this book is based in order to enjoy this book. It could have been such a good book, but it just wasn't written well. Should have been about 3 times longer with more explanations of what was going on, not just anecdotal details.
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The remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home.
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Written in a very simplistic style. Although a touching story, not what I expected.
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Interesting - thought provoking - as usual, far better than the movie.
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At first it was a little hard to get into, but once I got past the first part of the book it was very interesting (and hard to put down) how these girls (started out with 3 girls) were taken from there home and all the things they went through to get back to their homes. Risking their lives the whole MONTHS that they traveled back...... their narrow escapes. They were half white so they were considered too good to stay with there mamas who were not white.
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This book is a fascinating account of the courage of children who were taken from their homes and transported to the other end of Australia. As I read it and realizing the constant danger these girls were in trying to get home, it really touched my heart at the determination these girls had to make such a journey. A really good book.