Tales from Ma's Watering-Hole

Ma, a ninety nine year old Australian aboriginal shaman, manages a Sydney cafe for lonely outback refugees Each evening, Ma or one of her quirky patrons, shares their tale Tales from Ma s Watering Hole is a linked story collection that weaves together nostalgic themes relating to lands lost, families scattered and the joyful support found in human companionship.
Tales from Ma s Watering Hole Ma a ninety nine year old Australian aboriginal shaman manages a Sydney cafe for lonely outback refugees Each evening Ma or one of her quirky patrons shares their tale Tales from Ma s Watering Hol

  • Title: Tales from Ma's Watering-Hole
  • Author: Kaye Linden
  • ISBN: 9781626464346
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Tales from Ma's Watering-Hole”

    1. Ninety-nine-year-old Ma left the outback and opened a café in Sydney, but she never gave up the ways of her aboriginal beginnings. In these short fictions the shaman woman hosts nightly gatherings for tourists, the curious and the down and out, during which she encourages them to tell their stories as a way of creating a link between modern, mainstream Australian culture and the ancient one of her forbearers. She practices a traditional form of healing, built around the values of community/trib [...]

    2. Bruce Holland Rogers:"First off, some disclosure: Kaye Linden is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I teach fiction writing at NILA, and Kaye was my student. I'm not reviewing this book as a stranger, but instead as someone who saw this collection of stories develop story-by-story and draft-by-draft.Take my review with a grain of salt if you wish.Kaye Linden's stories are richly imagined, crisply written, and worth your time and money. In t [...]

    3. I won this book in a Giveaway. The stories were quite colorful and enjoyable, but I just couldn't really "get into" it. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the main character "Ma," was very uniquely written. I've read most of the reviews for this book on here and on and people seem to really love it. I just can't really say that I absolutely LOVED it but I didn't hate it either. I am going to give it 4 stars because as I said it was very well written and unique but as my grandma would say No [...]

    4. Excellent book! Well written, original all around gem. Characters come to life in vivid tales by Ma. Finding books and treasures like this is why I love .A++!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    5. "The police in Australia voice concern over tourists who file into Ma's house and file out wearing only body piercings and stripes. One officer voiced his complaint on the front page of The Rattle Nest Newspaper: "They could catch their death of cold", he said. Later, the officer visited Ma to see for himself, and he left dressed in black cockatoo feathers and red paint. A reporter wrote that he saw Ma wearing a man's police uniform the next day. I won this book on a giveaway and have been read [...]

    6. I would give this an almost four.Could not resist trying out a book with a kangaroo on the cover. "Ma's Watering Hole" is a place owned by "Ma" a 99 year old Australian Aborigine Shaman. Ma left the outback to open this restaurant. She is still devoted to her life growing up on the outback. She tells the customers stories about the outback and encourages others to bring stories of their own. this book is comprised of those stories. Some from Ma herself, others from her siblings Possum and Midget [...]

    7. This is a really good book with wonderful characters who tell great stories at Ma's cafe. The characters come to life on each page and I felt that somewhere in Australia these people really did exist and wished they did. Ma is a 99 year old shaman who runs a cafe in the city with the help of her sister Possum and her brother Midget. The customers are other outback refugees and tourists, each night someone tell a story of the outback. These stories tell of lost heritage,land and family. But the s [...]

    8. I received a copy of this book for free through First Reads. "Tales from Ma's Watering Hole" has left me with one word running through my brain - "surreal". That is what I hoped for.Kaye Linden provides entertainment and enjoyment with her host of characters that will leave you chuckling over their antics.But there was also an underlying sadness for me. Read this book - see if you spot it too.

    9. I received Tales from Ma's Watering Hole as a part of First Read program. This is a really delightful book. The characters are charming, the book is well written and has a very natural feeling flow as you transition from one of Ma's tales to another. The character of Ma seemed kind of larger than life in some of the book which is why I really enjoyed reading the story When Ma Needed Healing where Ma is vulnerable.

    10. Ma is a character we can all relate to and at the same time wish we had her magic. She teaches respect for the earth and all its creatures, but she doesn't preach. Ma has a sense of humor and guides us through the outback with tales that cast a spell, all mysteriously connected yet each with its unique story.

    11. I received this book as a First Read award. I immensely enjoyed this collection of tales from an aboriginal view. If you like native american stories, then you will like this collection of tales. I recognize that this will not be a book for everyone, but if you like tales that contain a story or explain an event, then you will like this book.

    12. By Bruce H. Rogers on July 18, 2013Format: Paperback"First off, some disclosure: Kaye Linden is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I teach fiction writing at NILA, and Kaye was my student. I'm not reviewing this book as a stranger, but instead as someone who saw this collection of stories develop story-by-story and draft-by-draft.Take my review with a grain of salt if you wish.Kaye Linden's stories are richly imagined, crisply written, and [...]

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