Novel – non fiction
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Soldier Boy by Ishmael Beah
A long way gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy solider during a civil war in Sierra Leone. Beah’s village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group of friends. Among the confusion, violence, and uncertainty of the war, Ishmael, his brother, and his friends wander from village to village in search of food and shelter. Their day-to-day existence is a struggle of survival, and the boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children.
Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden
Discovery of the Mississippi by William H. Powell
Discovery of the Mississippi depicts Hermando De Soto’s encounter with the Mississippi river in 1541. De Soto was the first European to view the river. In the painting, De Soto appears in armour on a white horse, approaching a vista of the large river. A group of American Indians stand and kneel next to the path on which De Soto is riding. The painting was commissioned by the United States congress to hang in the rotunda In the U.S. capital building in 1847. Powell (1823-1879) was the last artist to be commissioned by the congress for a painting in the rotunda.
The drover’s boy
The drover’s boy recalls the time when it was illegal for Caucasians and aborigines to marry, and the death of an aborigine went unnoticed by the white community. This popular and moving Australian folk song comes from a true story about a Caucasian drover who is forced to pass off his aboriginal wife as his “drover’s boy”. Ted Egan wrote this song as a tribute to the aboriginal stickman, in the hope that one day their enormous contribution to the...