His Natural Life
University of Queensland Press, 2001 - 686 páginas
His Natural Life has retained Australian classic status for over one hundred years. Scarcely ever out of print since first written during the early 1870s, it has provided successive generations with a vivid account of a brutal phase of colonial life. The main focus of this great convict novel is the complex interaction between those in power and those who suffer, made meaningful because of its hero's struggle against the destructiveness of his wrongful imprisonment. While much of the story is necessarily grim, Marcus Clarke has used elements of romance, incidents of family life and passages of scenic description to both relieve and give emphasis to the tragedy that forms its heart.
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When Mr . Bates had gone below , he found Sylvia curled up on the cushions of
the stateroom , reading . “ Well , Missy ? ” he said , " we ' ll soon be on our way to '
Papa . ” Sylvia answered by asking a question altogether foreign to the subject .
... Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke, Michael Roe, Elizabeth Webby Lurline Stuart. “
Hah , ” ásays Mr . Bates , when this remarkable passage was read to him , “ That '
s very mysterious , that is . A corricle , a " corry — " a bright light burst upon him .
had never done such a thing before in all her life — and the milk being given to
Bates in a pannikin , he drank it eagerly , but vomited it ' again almost instantly . It
was evident that he was sinking from some internal injury . None of the party had
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - mbmackay - LibraryThing
I was inspired to re-read this early Australian novel after a recent visit to Port Arthur and Macquarie Harbour. The incredible plot coincidences may have been common in that era, but they just seem ... Leer comentario completo
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This classic Australian novel is based on a good deal of historical research. This particular version includes an appendix outlining the references for the historical information in each chapter. The ... Leer comentario completo
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