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Book Title: Tales from Ma's Watering-Hole|
The author of the book: Kaye Linden
Date of issue: July 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9781626464346
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Ninety-nine-year-old Ma left the outback and opened a café in Sydney, but she never gave up the ways of her aboriginal beginnings. In these short fictions the shaman woman hosts nightly gatherings for tourists, the curious and the down and out, during which she encourages them to tell their stories as a way of creating a link between modern, mainstream Australian culture and the ancient one of her forbearers. She practices a traditional form of healing, built around the values of community/tribe, recognizing that the present is empty without the foundation of the past. Her attitude, in this case from the aboriginal point of view, reflects the national reconciliation that has occurred in Australia over the last couple of decades. There are lessons in Kay Linden’s tales, but no hatreds or prejudices exposed during Ma’s story-telling sessions.
Ma, though, has not been untouched by modernization. She understands the pressures and demands of current culture. Although Ma eschews technology and commerce, she doesn’t run from them, and sometimes employs those modern methods, such as when she agrees to the construction of a cement monument, Uluru, mimicking the original from her desert childhood, to placate her desire to return to her roots. But always she sees people in the old way, peering through their 21st century, culturally induced obsessions, to find the human being at their core. As a shaman, she seeks to purify the people around her, to stop them from wandering too far from their real selves.
In the best of these tales, Ma abandons her city surroundings for the outback. It’s one thing to talk about ancient values and practices in the context of city life, but quite another to experience them firsthand. In “A Shaman Goes Walkabout,” Linden takes Ma on a reinvigorating trek back to her roots in the great desert:
"On walkabout from the café, tired of city lights, Ma catches a bus from the downtown station to the end of the line. Here, Ma runs with emus through the red desert dust and eats bush cucumbers in full fruit. After absorbing electricity from lightning, she flies with the magpies to places of desire, waterholes of power, canyons where cave dwellers recorded their first Dreamings. She descends to a land inhabited by tiny rock sprites who bow to the shaman’s journey and beg to honor her wish. For inspiration, Ma requests the creation of a sand painting."
In returning to Ma’s origins, to the land of Dreamings, Linden prods readers to look beyond the boundaries of their cities and lives, and to remember, as ancient cultures do, that existence is a progression of generations, each tied to the others, rather than the urges of individuals that seems so common today.
(Previously posted on The Los Angeles Review - http://redhen.org/losangelesreview/bo...)
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Read information about the authorKaye is an Australian living in the USA. She is an award winning writer with an MFA in fiction and a second MFA pending in poetry and mixed genres. She is the past and current 2017 poetry and flash stories editor for the Bacopa Literary Review, short fiction adult education teacher at Santa Fe College, and works as medical editor for “Present e-learning lecture reviews.”
Kaye has numerous books published, her latest: 35 tips for Writing a Brilliant Flash Story" available on Amazon.
Kaye was nominated in 2011 for a Pushcart prize for one of Ma’s tales. Her short stories, prose and haiku have been published in multiple journals, too numerous to list, available upon request. Visit Kaye at http://www.kayelinden.com and sign up to follow her blog
Did you know that . . .
. . . Kaye has her International Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do? (be careful if you run into her in a dark alley)
. . .she has her Competent Communicator Certification in Toastmasters International (and we’re sure she’ll agree to give all our authors lessons in public speaking, if we ask her nicely, won’t you, Kaye?)
. . . she has lived on an ashram in northern India where she practiced the art of looking within and without
. . . she grew up in Australia, moved to Israel with her parents, lived on a kibbutz for two years, in a vegetarian village for one year, hiked and worked in Europe for a year, and stopped, more or less, in the USA (the rest is history)
. . . she speaks Hebrew, poor French, understands German, plays folk guitar and sings – but not in public
. . . her favorite place on earth besides Australia and Durango, Colorado is the Amazon jungle
. . .her favorite animal besides a Labrador is the largest rodent on earth – a capybara – and it lives in the Amazon
. . . she likes the USA and its kind, generous people – her husband is from Detroit
. . . she has three sons, but all three of her dogs are female.
Bruce Holland Rogers says of "Tales from Ma's Watering Hole:
"First off, some disclosure: Kaye Linden is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I teach fiction writing at NILA, and Kaye was my student. I'm not reviewing this book as a stranger, but instead as someone who saw this collection of stories develop story-by-story and draft-by-draft.
Take my review with a grain of salt if you wish.
Kaye Linden's stories are richly imagined, crisply written, and worth your time and money. In the title character, Ma, Kaye has created a character who belongs to the urban world as much as the outback, and who reflects not so much aboriginal culture as original culture, the culture each of us invents for our own purposes from the material of the world we happen to have been born into. Come on in for a drink, a story, and a character who makes her own rules and invents her own forms of magic.
I love this book."
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