By Bruce Chatwin
The past due Bruce Chatwin carved out a literary profession as designated as any writer's during this century: his books incorporated In Patagonia, a fabulist commute narrative, The Viceroy of Ouidah, a mock-historical story of a Brazilian slave-trader in nineteenth century Africa, and The Songlines, his attractive, elegiac, comedian account of following the invisible pathways traced through the Australian aborigines. Chatwin was once not anything if now not erudite, and the titanic, eclectic physique of literature that underlies this story of hiking around the outback provides it a resonance present in few different fresh commute books. A poignancy, in addition, because Chatwin's premature dying made The Songlines considered one of his final books.
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Ole ! Ole ! ' The bouncer vaulted over the bar and dragged the two Aboriginals outside on to the sidewalk, across the tarmac, to an island in the highway where they lay, side by side, bleeding beneath the pink oleanders while the road-trains from Darwin rumbled by. I walked away but the Spaniard followed me. 'They are best friends,' he said. 'No ? ' 9 I WAS HOPING for an early night, but Arkady had asked me to a barbecue with some friends on the far side of town. We had an hour or more to kill.
He looked away and stroked his beard. I then tried another tack and described how Gipsies commu nicate over colossal distances by singing secret verses down the telephone. ' Before being initiated, I went on, a young Gipsy boy had to memorise the songs of his clan, the names of his kin, as well as hundreds and hundreds of international phone numbers. ' THE EX-BENEDICTINE (5 5) 'Because Gipsies', I said, 'also see themselves as hunters. The world is their hunting ground. Settlers are "sitting-game".
They had proved to be a very sound investment. Coming as he did from the birthplace of the Pizarros, Father Villaverde felt obliged to cast himself in the role of Conquistador. He said it was useless to try and impress the heathen with acts of love, when all they understood was force. He forbade them to hunt or even to garden. The only hope for their economic salvation was to foster an addiction to horseflesh. He would snatch small boys from their mothers and set them on a bucking saddle. Nothing gave him greater joy than to charge through the bush at the head of his troop of young daredevils.