Children of The Earth
By Gwen Walton
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Published: Sep. 20, 2011
Words: 107,561 (approximate)
The marriage of settler couple Hestia and Adam is not happy. But one by one three intriguing strangers arrive at their lonely bush farm, and lives are changed forever. Walton's first novel is an imaginative look at 1850s South Australia, set against a background of carefully researched history. Three ancient mythologies underlie the meeting of European and Aboriginal cultures. Captivating reading.
Children of The Earth begins c. 1850. Having bought land from a map, Adam George finds himself on a small farm cut off from Adelaide by the Mount Lofty Range and a landslide, with only his unhappy wife, Hestia, for company. Into their lonely life come the eccentric German prospector, Johannes Menge and newchum, 'Hermes', a former classics teacher, fallen from grace, and now 'a remittance man without a remittance'.
While Hestia and Hermes are poring over Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', Adam discovers a young Indigenous woman, Unatildi, injured by a fire he has kindled. These five characters weave themselves into a tangled plot in which the ancient gods of Europe encounter the ancient gods of the Australian Aboriginal Dreaming
, historical novel
, greek gods
, aboriginal australia
, australian history
, mythical heroes
, women 1850s
, psychology jungian
, johannes menge
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on Feb. 28, 2012 :
I loved this well written book. I very much enjoyed the setting of the story and the connection made between people of very different backgrounds and cultures. It is set in my home state and depicts the research done to create this book is very broad and accurate (to my knowledge). As I read it I remembered my childhood, the struggle of my ancestors who came to be farmers in the early days of the colony. Thank you Gwen Walton. Leonore
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