Australia today is a very multicultural society. People like us, students from the IEC and other expatriates are very welcomed by the Australians. However, ages ago, racism is indeed one of the biggest dilemmas in Australia. And the most depressing part is, the government is the top racists against the Aboriginals.
Almost a hundred years ago, Aboriginals were persecuted by the government. In fact, a book was written about this 'darkest period' of the Aboriginal history of Australia which is entitled Rabbit Proof Fence.
The Rabbit Proof Fence is a powerful and moving book written by Doris Pilkington which tells the extraordinary and fascinating story of her mother, Molly Craig and her sisters. It was set during the 1930's in Western Australia. The genre of this book is obviously history. The tittle 'Rabbit Proof Fence' is from a real fence that stretches across the Western Australia which the girls followed to get home. ...view middle of the document...
The thing that has struck me the most about the story is Molly's character. She is willing to sacrifice for her sisters. She carries Gracie and Daisy whenever they are feeling tired. She also endures everything and she never showed that she's tired and served as their hope to continue walking.
This book really made me sad. I admit, I am a bit racist with Aboriginal people. I can't help it, the stories I've heard about Aboriginals aren't good which moulded my impression of these people. But this book changed everything. Now I understand why some of them don't like foreign people like us, because maybe they were still thinking about the past.
If I were to judge Rabbit Proof Fence, I would give it 10 stars because the story is absolutely amazing. The main good thing about it is that it was based on a beautiful true story. That's it. Full stop. It is just so beautiful not to read again. The bad thing is the way things went on the book. It was a little 'too fast' for me. Because in my opinion, long books are better because I really like the 'the wait' for the ending of the story. I like to think about a book for a few days and predict it's ending, not just read it for a few hours and done. The rage of that 'wait' makes a story more moving than movies or short stories. But it's only my opinion and it doesn't really affect the story. And as they say, the length of the book doesn't matter.
In conclusion, the book Rabbit Proof Fence might be tragic, but it is certainly worth reading considering the fact that it is a very important account of Australia's shameful history and it gave a deeper vision of the Aboriginal culture and spirituality. I'm not saying that it is something Australians should be embarrassed about (but what happened was extremely wrong) all I'm saying is that this book is a great example of the Aboriginal History which everyone should learn about. Also, it is a very inspiring story and I believe that every student in every school in Australia or if possible, around the world should read and study this book. This should be in every classroom so that people's view of Aboriginal people would change like how it changed my own view.