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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sent Sylvia to entertain Lieutenant Frere . Sylvia went , but was not entertaining .
She had conceived for Frere one of those violent antipathies which children
sometimes own without reason , and since the memorable night of the apology
It ' s very rough on the " bar ; me and Mr . Frere was a soundin ' of it this marnin ' ,
and it ain ' t safe yet . ” " Well , ” said Sylvia , “ I do hope and trust we shan ' t be
shipwrecked , and have to swim miles and miles for our lives . ” " Ho , ho !
In this repulsion lay her power over him . When the animal and spiritual natures
cross each other , the nobler triumphs in fact if not in appearance . Maurice Frere
, though his wife obeyed him , knew that he was inferior to her , and was afraid of
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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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