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Title : Requiem For A Beast: A Work For Image, Word And Music
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ISBN : 9780734407962
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Requiem For A Beast: A Work For Image, Word And Music Reviews

  • Michael Earp
    2019-04-20 17:53

    I know this won the CBCA years ago, and I've had it on my shelf since then, but only just now read it. This is so powerful and disturbing (because of our country's history), but its blending of myth, memory, daily practice and personal trauma is supurbly done.

  • Jack Kirby and the X-man
    2019-05-08 15:25

    Certainly an interesting book - with "image, word and music". The topics covered are pretty intense - the stolen generation, murder, child abuse, a measure of animal cruelty, etc, etc. This book has sparked some controversy after winning the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year 2008. The tabloid media (see the Courier Mail article above) have created a media beat-up that this book has been promoted to young children. The CBCA Picture Book of the Year has always been non-age-specific (with 2007's winner being Shaun Tan's The Arrival). All a bit of a storm in a tea-cup really...The use of three languages in this book was not entirely successful. The use of Latin (eg in the chapter names and songs) seemed out of place. If the author was searching for ancient, little-used language to promote the inaccessability and academic credibility of this book then surely Ancient Greek would have been more appropriate given all the references to Ancient Greek mythology. The use of the Bundjalung language on the other hand was highly appropriate and I felt added to the respect given to the Aboriginal people and culture. One comment on the use of these languages in general was that the translations are only provided at the very end of the book (Part 5), which means unless you are fluent in English, Latin and Bundjalung at least part of the book will be inaccessable on first reading.The story erratically chops from story-line to story-line - some real, some remembered, some dream, some purely allegorical. It took me at least 25 pages to get my head around what was actually going on, and even then the sudden changes often left me confused as to what was going on.I felt the stolen generation story in Part Two (Mors Stupebit et Natura) was powerful and moving... But somehow I feel cheated that this is just a work of fiction - surely the author could have found a survivor to lend their name and story to a work such as this?On the whole this is a pretty pretentious book aimed at winning solid critical acclaim while being inaccessable to a much of the audience who needs to hear its message.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-22 15:40

    I read this to assist a tutoring client in Year 8, and first off, though I am not in favor of assuming kids aren't smart and capable, this graphic novel is far too complicated for a Year 8 student. I am a post graduate student with a minor in English and a thesis in history with extensive knowledge of post modernism and even I got confused. I am still not really sure what The Beast/The Bull/The Minotaur/The Centaur symbolism was all about. I also found the omniscient narrator annoying and sometimes quite pretentious (probably because of the present tense and the at times heavy handed description). Having said that, I loved the way Indigenous culture and story was intertwined with a white boy's story and I think mixed medium art like this is always pretty cool and worth pursuing. Finally, I have a real weakness for meta stories like this one.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-13 22:52

    A moving, intense wonderful book. It looks like a childs book but it is not just for children by any means - in fact it may not be for your child at all. There is a CD with the book with indiginous and classical-type music - I assume composed for the book. The story is confronting and dark. Monster of all shapes inhabit the lives of the characters - some inherited monsters - alluding to dreamtime. do yourself a favour and read this book with the CD playing. It is an experience not to be missed.

  • Anthony Eaton
    2019-04-30 15:40

    Ottley's 'work for picture, word and music' garnered a huge degree of controversy when it was selected by the CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) as their 'Picture Book of the Year' in 2008. Certainly it's not a picture book for children - no talking possums or ABC's here. Instead it's a confronting work; with a postmodern, fractured narrative, densely layered allegory throughout, and accessible primarily to adults and critically informed older teenage readers.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-03 16:31

    This is glorious. Hearkens back to the glory days of YA lit where the best examples were harrowing and emotionally taxing. Beautifully soundtracked and painted, and plays out like a ghastly Dali+Turneresque nightmare. An epic accomplishment.

  • Marj
    2019-05-01 20:28

    An intensely moving, profound multi-layered work. Set aside a few quiet hours and break the silence embarking on the journey with this amazing author. A work of genius for the intelligent reader who's not afraid to tackle something really different and challenging.

  • Amira
    2019-05-09 19:53

    Did this for an english class in like year 9? Not sure, all I remember was a lot of symbolism and a lack of meaning.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-18 16:44

    Original, haunting, a challenging, stimulating read.

  • Reigne
    2019-04-27 17:44

    By far one of the best picture books I have ever read. Even though it's graphic at times, it tells a story of redemption, and courage, brought on by a beast.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-26 20:42

    Wow!! What an awesome book. The vision of Matt Ottley to create this is astonishing. Definately worth reading with the music playing.