One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton- Our Review
Our Review…I liked this book for its heart and courage, and for what it reveals about our culture, this country and ourselves. The chapter ‘In Search of Senselessness’ alone is so generous in its honesty and so valuable for its clarity, it shouldn’t be missed.
Morton was born on a vast Queensland cattle station into a legacy of family violence and alcoholism. His older brother, Toby, was his only companion during his early years. Two very different children, close, like the shark and the suckerfish, he says.
After a horrific accident, his mother takes him, his brother and newborn sister, away from the cattle station to live in a small country town. His mother’s love and her struggle to keep her children safe became his only shield.
Morton tells us, “A single question would consume my adult life: How do you save a mind?” He writes with the empathy, compassion and sense of humour that may well have helped to keep him alive.
He enriches the intensely personal story with anecdotes from physics, neuroscience, mythology and history. Sometimes I found the connection to these asides a little tenuous. Almost as if he wanted to distract himself, wanted to look anywhere, perhaps, except at what he was about to write. Bravo, Mr. Morton.
Review by Andrea @ Great Escape Books