Mutant Message Down Under is a book by Marlo Morgan who then wrote the book Mutant Message From Forever. There are plenty of books about Australia. One of the
more famous Australian books is by Bill Bryson and called In A Sunburned Country or Down Under depending on which country it's published in. No Worries, Mate is a fabricated book
about the Johannsen clan. Advance Australia Fair is a terrible national anthem and an even worse book.
Books On Or About Australia
"One third of high school graduates in
the United States never read another book after high school, and forty-two
percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
Seventy percent of American families did not buy or read a book last year. Fewer
than half of Americans have read a novel, short story, play, or poem in the
preceding year. If these dour percentages are roughly the same
in most other countries, not a helluva lot of people will be reading about
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
I pray we've established our point. Readers are rare
and getting rarer, and with a limited number of books
getting published and read, it's not very likely anyone is
going to devote his limited attention span to reading books
about Australia. Knowing that, we will be
recommending a small number of books, and of that number,
several will be books which don't even exist.
Anyone in the mood to read?
Australian Book List
MESSAGE DOWN UNDER
Originally billed as American
author Marlo Morgan's non-fiction Walkabout with a
crew of Aboriginals, holes were found in the story
that were large enough to cart entire galaxies
through that the book is now classified as fiction.
Morgan was (allegedly) invited to go on a physical
and spiritual journey with some Aborigines. If
you consider this story as factual as most Hollywood movies
based on true stories, then you're in for an
enjoyable New Age good time. Morgan was able
to buy the Caribbean beachside bungalow with the
publication of the sequel MUTANT MESSAGE FROM
FOREVER and has been silent forever since.
(otherwise known as IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY)
This could be the most famous travelog on Australia. Countless people, even Australians, buy it and treat it like an Australian edition
of the Bible. What it has going for it: Bryson interweaves odd facts and info and history about Australia into his travels. What it doesn't have going for it: Bryson
travels the country in 5-star style, flying pretty much everywhere, then renting cars once he gets there. That's what a Korean package tourist would do. If you want nitty gritty experiences of on-the-road Aussie travel, get yourself a new gospel. Brilliantly, Bryson sells the same book under two different titles, and some suckers have
actually bought the book twice. Nice way to get rich faster, Bill!
NO WORRIES, MATE
This book tells
the story of the Johannsen clan. The Jonathan
Johannsens emigrate from Scandinavia and head to Sydney
in the 1920's while the Thomas Johannsens head to
New York. Three generation later, the
descendents of Jonathan work less than forty hours
per week, drink gallons of beer a day, dine on
shrimps on the barbie, and say "No worries, mate" to
everyone they meet. The descendents of
the Thomas Johannsens are in the US busting their
asses, getting taxed to death funding wars all over
the world, going broke paying hefty health insurance
premiums, and worrying how the hell they're going to
pay for the kids' college tuition.
THE VATICAN OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
Based on too many true stories.
Dave Wachowski is approaching middle-age and decides
to start living life for a change. He
quits his high pressure job in Toronto, buys a
ticket to Australia, and spends a year practicing
involuntary celibacy, as he is shunned by backpackers in the
big cities and rednecks in the small ones.
The real Vatican offers him a medal for practicing
celibacy all the same.
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR
Organization For Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) meeting in Paris, all attending
representatives are asked to sing their nation's
national anthem. Australian Prime Minister
Boondocks McCrane sings Advance Australia Fair
and the rest of the world snickers and realizes how dumb the
lyrics are. McCrane can't cover up this fact
to the Australian people and resigns.
ZONE OF HORROR
A fictionalized account of how
Australia came up with their standard and daylight
savings time zones: a group of administrators
met, got drunk, and then spun a wheel to randomly
decide what time it would be in each part of the
country. When they sobered up a week
later, it was already too late. No one knew
what time it was.
THE FINAL POUNDING
It's 1966 and Australia's about
to dump the pound as its national currency for the
dollar at a rate of two dollars to one pound.
The United Kingdom looks on with horror as one of its colonies decimalizes its currency
before the motherland and ponders, "Why didn't we think
of that first?"
Mutant Message From Forever and Mutant Message Down Under are two new-age books about Aboriginals in Australia. They're writen by Marlo Morgan. There are so many books about Australia, mate.
Australian books come in all shapes and sizes. Bill Bryson's In A Sunburned Country, otherwise known as Down Under, is one of the more popular. No Worries, Mate and Advance Australia Fair are two other lame books.