Good Reading : June 2015
GOOD READING JUNE 2015 65 Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy You might not think Australia and India have that much in common. One country has the latest technology and much higher quality education and medical services. It also has more rights and protections than the other. It’s simply a better place. Well, this book will make you think again. In 2012, thousands protested in India against the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus, and thousands also grieved in Melbourne for a woman brutally raped and murdered while walking home alone. More recently, Prabha Arun Kumar was stabbed in a park in Sydney while on the phone to her husband. It’s no wonder that Indian communities say it is no longer safe for them, especially women, in Australia. These disgusting acts have been acknowledged with brief sadness, but ultimately pushed aside, creating more trauma for victims and their loved ones and the horrific idea that rape and the objectification of women is acceptable. This book was born as a response to these violent incidents in Australia and India. Created through simple visual imagery and complex metaphors, each of the 17 stories in this book provides a new insight on this issue. Whether you are being hacked by the Big Bad Wolf, walking through walls with a prince, exchanging your kidney for some nicer hair or dancing with you virtual teacher, each piece is unique, and together they appeal to many audiences. Stories such as ‘Little Red Suit’, ‘Cooking Time’, ‘Cast Out’ and ‘Cat Calls’ should be especially recognised for their use of fantasy and some wishful thinking to convey deep messages regarding the treatment of, restrictions on, and views about women in society today. The use of swapped gender roles in a graphic novel and short story was particularly interesting, immersing us in a world where men are the bought property of their female owners and a lower class that should be ‘... seen and not heard.’ This book is a prime example of creative and powerful literature. It shows the connection between Australia and India through tragedy and injustice, and how it is the responsibility of all nations, no matter their status, to achieve justice for rape victims and respect and equality for all women worldwide. If you enjoy the work of authors such as Kate Constable and Mandy Ord, sci-fi-fantasy, dystopian and young adult genres and agree that increasing rights and opportunities for all women and girls is not wishful thinking, be uplifted 17 times over by this wonderful book. ★★★★★ Allen & Unwin $16.99 Reviewed by Emily, age 14, Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills NSW AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR YOUNG ADULT WOM word of mouth Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy Yand India have that much in common. One country has the latest technology and much higher quality education and medical services. It also has more ★★★★★ & Unwin $16.99 Reviewed by Emily, age 14, Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills NSW An illustration by Priya Kuriyan from the story ' Swallow the Moon' by Kate Constable.