Pilgrim Through This Barren Land
by Cavan Brown
Albatross Books, 1992, paperback, ISBN 086760123X
Very Good Condition, previous owners stamp to front flyleaf, uncreased spine
'Flight from the city is not just the latest whim. This journey is, and always has been, part of a larger search, fulfilling a deeper need. The desert - awesome, inhospitable, empty - has always fascinated Australian explorers, writers and artists. European settlers found the continent's barren landscape unlike anything they had encountered. Perched precariously on a narrow fringe of well-watered seaboard, they felt alienated from yet strangely drawn to the vast hinterland of sand, scrub and barren rocks. Cavan Brown suggests a reason for this ambivalence. The desert represents 'simplicity, quietness and humility' - a sense of the awesomeness of creation. It also presents us with a fresh challenge.'