Bigger Thomas refuses to accept, like his mother or his girlfriend, the panaceas of religion or whisky. Unwittingly involved in a wealthy woman’s death, he is hunted relentlessly. He only finally realises his individuality by facing his death.
This contemporary debut novel from Scottish author Alan Warner centres on Morvern Callar who wakens one morning to discover her boyfriend has committed suicide in the kitchen. Her reaction is both intriguing and immoral and her ensuing actions appalling.
‘Songlines’ or ‘Dreaming Tracks’ are what Europeans call the invisible pathways that meander all over Australia. From such lines Chatwin has been able to trace a great deal about an Aboriginal culture as complex as it is different from our own.