by Dr Bob Rich
1850, a small town in Australia: Glindi, an Aboriginal woman, gives birth to a daughter, the result of a rape by a white man. She names her Maraglindi, meaning “Glindi’s sorrow,” but the girl is a joy to all those around her. She has the gift of love.
During her short life, she encounters everything intolerant, cruel Victorian society can throw at people it considers to be animals. She surmounts the savagery of the white invader by conquering hate with love. Even beyond death, she spreads compassion, then she returns a second time, with an ending that will touch your heart.
Maraglindi: child of the land, fruit of an evil deed, and instrument of love.
A Word from the Author
I’ve always had a strong hate of bullying, discrimination, prejudice. For many years, I worked as a counselor at an (Australian) Aboriginal health service, and got to love these people. Soon, they accepted me, with all the young people calling me “Uncle Bob.”
Perhaps as a result, Maraglindi, a young girl, introduced herself to me. Only, she was born in 1850, and died in 1864. I faithfully recorded her life, which I found inspirational. This person has been my teacher, many a time.
In the Victorian years, white people looked on Aborigines as animals, and treated them worse than they treated animals. Maraglindi’s reaction was to repay hate and disdain with unconditional love.
At one stage, she caught the flu, and coming from a people with no defense against the introduced disease, she died, then returned to life. When she told me of this episode, I found out her true nature. She was an apprentice guardian angel, here on earth to guide us. Only, she’d never been a human, so needed to learn about us by living a series of lives. Maraglindi was the first.
She died in horrific circumstances, then turned tables on her murderer, leading him toward the Light.
I submitted the manuscript to a publisher I respect, but she turned it down, because the ending was so terrible. I agreed with her, and put the book away for some years.
Then I needed a break from other writing, and had another look. I continued the story by tracing the lives of people she’d influenced for the better, until her second birth. This is of course the lead-in to a follow-up, which will be titled “The Protector.”
Part of the fun of writing this book was the research, finding out about the place and time. I insist on getting things RIGHT, so if you like historical writing, you’ll enjoy having me take you there.
But, actually, Maraglindi’s story is very relevant to our own troubled times, with hate, exploitation, discrimination and disdain once more spreading like plagues.
(Dr. Bob Rich, January 2018)