- Author: S. Morgan
- Title: My Place
- Published: 1987
- Genre: memoir
- Trivia: November Clean Up Challenge
- Trivia: (WA) #AusReadingMonth @Brona’s Books
- Trivia: List Reading Challenges 2017
What do we know about Sally Morgan?
- I knew nothing about Sally Morgan until I read
- Brona’s Books post in 2016 about her children’s book Sister Heart.
- Then I stumbled upon her simple poem Janey Told Me.
- In just a few words you feel something hidden…a stigma no one must know!
- During my weeks searching for books for #AusReadingMonth @Brona’s Books
- …I found myself curious about the plight of the Aboriginal race in Australia.
- So I decided to read My Place (memoir) by Ms Morgan.
- Brona tells us in her post:
- “Sally Morgan’s autobiography, My Place was
- one of the publishing super stories of the late 1980’s.
- Her story was fascinating but has since been
- …surrounded by various controversies and academic debates.”
- Sally Morgan tell us how she learned of her Indigenous Australian heritage.
- Morgan visits family, old acquaintances in the land of her ancestors.
- She tape-recorded the monologues of her relatives and they take over the narration.
Quote: pg 192
- Sally: I found out that there was a lot to be ashamed of.
- Mum: You mean we should feel ashamed?
- Sally: No, I mean Australia should.
- This is one one of the first books written from the Aboriginal point of view.
- “No one knows what it was like for us.” (pg 208)
- People must realize that identity is a complex thing.
- Identity is often not fully dependent on
- …your culture or the way you look.
- Morgan’s family shame…
- was so strong that she had not been told she was indigenous.
- She was well into her teens when her mother admitted the truth. (pg 170-71)
- Sally Morgan’s book My Place was written 30 years ago.
- But is is still a very relevant
- She is an excellent storyteller…and her family history will touch a heart string.
- It touched mine!
- I started this book My Place yesterday in the train
- I never looked out the window because
- this story was very moving.
- The book really picks up steam in chapter ‘Owning up’ (pg 165).
- Pages 7-164 deal with Morgan’s childhood.
- Basic info…but not overly interesting.
- So you must decide is ‘skimming’ in the beginning
- …of the book is a good idea,
- Despite the slow start… the book engaged and entertained me
- ….that is what good books do!