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Tripping with Jenny

Mudrooroo, 1938-20192019
Mudrooroo (aka Colin Johnson) had planned to write a multi-volume autobiography, but passed away in January 2019 shortly after completing the first installment, Tripping with Jenny. It is published here posthumously, and follows the adventures of a young Aborigine identified only by his nickname, Skippy, originally from outback Western Australia, the author of a successful first novel, Wild Cat Falling. He and his wife Jenny set out from Melbourne on the overland route to London via Asia. It is the mid-60s, and the book draws a vivid picture of a time of social unrest and experimentation, of rapid cultural change. On their year-long journey, the couple spend much time hunting for ganja (hashish), 'tripping' on marihuana and other drugs. The author's interest in Eastern religions leads to an initiation into Buddhism that becomes an important part of his existential quest for identity. A picaresque novel of self-discovery, the book explores what it means to be 'on the road' and 'at home'; it highlights the importance of exploring new political horizons in a complex part of the world characterized by the disappearance of an obsolete Imperial order and the trauma of decolonization, as well as the search for alternative cultural models and experiences on the route to 'swinging London'.
Main title:
Tripping with Jenny / Mudrooroo.
Royal Exchange, NSW : ETT Imprint, 2019.
303 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Indigenous823.92 MUDAvailable
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