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Salty River, The

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  • Salty River, The 
    Title: Salty River, The
    Author: BAUER JAN
    Illustrator: PATTINSON JUDITH (TR)
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/04/2016
    Imprint: UNKNOWN
    Price: $29.95
    Publishing status: Active

    This is a bit like the picture book Rockhopping, reviewed below, for an older audience. The author, German born Jan Bauer, is on a quest to find himself and he hopes to do this through a long, arduous and challenging trek through Central Australia. The book is written as a graphic novel, describing his state of mind and also the precise details of what he takes in his backpack as he begins what he imagines to be a solitary trek, only to discover other trekkers travelling the same Larapinta Trail, though very few would travel the full 450 kms from Alice Springs to Yuendumu. Bauer has a self-deprecating sense of humour making his story so much more appealing and interesting. Bauer’s detailed illustrations are another delight. They show the minutiae of setting up camp as well as the frustrations of dealing with the ever-persistent flies and every now and then as he climbs a mountain peak they show a breathtaking vista of ranges and country stretched out over a vast distance. He manages to capture the immensity of the scene just in black and white and in many shades of grey. His desire for isolation is forgotten when he meets up with a young and very adventurous French woman. The story then also describes how their relationship develops and how they each reveal the difficulties in their lives they were trying to leave behind. It is a fascinating graphic memoir, full of self-effacing humour. (14 years up) (Review by Kate)

    ISBN: 9780980593723
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