by Bill Scott
Illustrated by A. M. Hicks
Oxford University Press, 1978, [First Edition], ISBN 0195505506, lightly illustrated with black and white drawings in text, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on front endpaper, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners (see photographs)
“Boori, the young warrior, must go on a journey. To repay his debt to Perentie, the Old Man of eh Hill of Opals, he must seek and fight the savage warrior Dingo, win his friendship and outwit the thieving Puk-wudgies. On the way he overcomes many perils, from water women and from Granba the Rainbow Snake, greatest being of all. When he returns from the inland deserts to his coastal home, he discovers that there are yet desperate dangers to be overcome; for the Melong, spirit of water and gatherer of storms, oppresses his people. And even that may not be the last challenge. The ending is deliberately open, to allow for a possible sequel to Boori.
The elements of Aboriginal lore which make up this stirring tale of magic and high adventure are based largely upon beliefs of the Kabi and Wakka nations, who once lived near the Queensland coast north of Brisbane. Boori is a fantasy, but it shows the importance placed upon moral obligations by Aborigines in their native culture, and it is set in a precisely described landscape.”