The Lambing Flat Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Lambing Flat is a story about belonging.

Lok, a young Chinese man who arrives with his father in Australia, in the 1860s, in search of gold when they become entangled in the infamous Lambing Flat riots during which white diggers attacked the unsuspecting Chinese diggers - Lok loses his father and sets off in search of more diggings in an attempt to buy his way back to China.
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Ella, a young woman growing up on a cattle property in central Queensland, in an alien, drought-ridden landscape but is haunted by her mother's conviction that she does not belong in the dryness of the bush, but by the sea, where her mother grew up.

Lok eventually comes across Ella's property on his journeys, and through their subsequent relationship they each discover what it is to belong - to another person, if not to a homeland.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Chinese    -   Australian (mate!) Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lot of descript of crop raising    -   lot of descript of animal care

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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