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The Yield

By: Tara June Winch
Narrated by: Tony Briggs
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The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri, yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for 10 years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends, she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

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©2019 Tara June Winch (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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The Yield

This title as an audio book was beautiful, listening to the melodic aboriginal language connected to the land was deeply moving and will be a story that stays with me for a long time. Stories like this based on our history are essential for eliminating prejudice. To make us reflect on what could have been, if the First Australians had been cherished for their knowledge and understanding of this land.

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Couldn't finish this painfully slow story

I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I found it slow, found it difficult to follow as the story transitioned back and forth in time between characters. The narration lacked energy and, ultimately, I gave up, not wanting to invest more time.

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Heartbreaking

A very important recount of Australia’s history and the experiences of our First Nations people

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Reading is not the same as narration

A very important story and well written. I can see why it won the Miles Franklin.
I loved the use of the language and it was great there was so much explanation and interpretation of different Wiradjuri words.
Interesting name for the mining company Rinepalm. A sly salute to Rinehart and Palmer, perhaps?
If I were a reading teacher, I'd say the 'narrator' did an excellent job of reading the individual words of this story, however, reading is not the same as narration. It was hard to discern where one PoV ended (and there were three? different PoVs) and the next began as there was no difference in tone or expression between them. This is one book that I would say would be better to read than to listen to.

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Thank you!

This was a sobering and essential journey to take as a white person in Australia. Thanks for sharing your pain. I will share what I've learned.

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Perhaps better read than listened to

There were tidbits of this book that I really loved but I found the reader difficult to follow and I often found myself confused as to which of the the three characters were speaking.

A disappointment as an audiobook but perhaps easier and more engaging as a book.

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Moving and powerful

A gentler rendition of Australia's atrocities but still a powerful and moving story. Beautiful narration.

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One of the best books I've read all year

This is absolutely essential reading for all Australians or anyone living in a country with a colonial past. An absolutely compelling story and genius in the way that it weaves together fact and fiction to deliver truth and philosophy. Loved it and would definitely listen again, perhaps also following with the book to visualise the dictionary parts.

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Amazing

Incredible book weaving together some of Australia's Indigenous histories with a captivating fictional story.

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A must read

A touching, vulnerable and poignant story that every Australian should read. Poetic yet uncomplicated prose that lends itself to being read aloud, brilliantly delivered.

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