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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25 When he was told by thin - lipped , cool “ Captain Wade that the rich " ship -
builder , Sir Richard Devine , had proposed an alliance with fair - haired gentle
Ellinor , he swore , with fierce knitting of his black brows , that no law of man nor ...
From Captain Frere ' s account , it was positively “ awful . ” “ You don ' t say so ! ”
said Mr . Meekin , dabbing his nose with ddainty handkerchief . " A bolter ' — that '
s what we call an escaped prisoner , Mr . Meekin — happened to be left behind ...
They are going to Sydney , where Captain Frere has some interest ' I believe ,
and Frere thinks of taking Port Arthur on his way down . ” " A strange fancy for a
honeymoon trip , ” said North . “ Captain Frere takes a deep interest in all relating
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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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