Cover to Cover - Episode 31
Guest: Kim Scott
Book Review - Taboo (Pan Macmillan)
Taboo starts with an out-of-control semi-trailer freewheeling down a street, a hillside, spilling wheat, two humans and a skeleton as it crests to a stop in ‘massacre place.’ It is a powerful beginning tempered with a warning from its author – ‘this is no fairy tale, it is drawn from real life’. In his Afterword, Scott concedes that his fiction touches on ‘real events, people and landscape’. Storytelling, particularly in the hands of someone as accomplished as Kim Scott, will always be a political act, and this story is no exception. As a work of fiction, it is incomparable; as a work of fiction based loosely on real life, it is devastating. The novel ends as it begins, reminding the reader of the circularity of stories, how beginnings and endings are shaped by intent and weighed by landscape. It is a story of dispossession, abuse, colonialism, addiction and racism.
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Each month on Cover to Cover, we ask our guest author to recommend another great book by a West Australian author. Kim's recommendation was Sorry by Gail Jones.