|Title||:||Little Black Bastard: A Story of Survival|
|Number of Pages||:||248 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Little Black Bastard: A Story of Survival Reviews
This is a really rich autobiography that takes us through dealing with poverty, sexual abuse and racism, growing up and hustling, being convicted under anti-gay laws, building a career in the arts, becoming politicised, living overseas, caring for a partner with AIDS, coming back to Australia and negotiating the politics of Aboriginal arts organisations. Tovey has had an amazing life and he reflects on it with humour and insight. I found it particularly interesting to see how his relationship to being Aboriginal and of African descent changed through his life (which spans very different times, places and cultural contexts).I'll admit I struggled a bit in the middle when the focus was on the Melbourne theatre and arts scene through the 50s and 60s - though it's a fascinating history, I just got a bit lost with all the names of shows and people and places, except for a few anchors like Mirka Mora and Val Myers who are familiar to me. It made me realise that I'm so accustomed to reading fiction with a delicately balanced cast of characters; real life (even when curated and edited) is much more crowded and confused! But there is so much that is worthwhile here and in the end I appreciated all the different elements being part of the story.
Why is this being marketed as some trauma survival story? Sure it is that but there is so much amazing history in here and Noel Tovey should be way better known than he is. Read this for the stories of camp life in Melbourne in the 50s and 60s, as seen through the eyes of a teenage hustler. Read this for the famous sodomy trial, the melbourne history, the theatre history...
I was lucky enough to see Noel Tovey perform part of his autobiography and listen to a q&a session with him at 2015's Marxism conference in Melbourne so when I read this I could hear his voice narrating it. What an amazing story of survival and success. I can't believe I'd never heard of him before. Just goes to show who gets recognised in this country and who doesn't. Highly recommended read
Stage version reviewed by Richard Watts, sounds interesting:http://richard_watts.blogspot.com/200...
Found it hard to keep up with. Still an insperational story though.