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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Gabbett threatens him with a worse fate than sore feet if he lingers . " Luckily that
evening Greenhill espies a hut , but not trusting to the friendship of the occupant ,
they wait until he quits it in the morning , and then send Vetch to forage .
Vetch thinks Gabbett ' s eyes have a wolfish glare in them , and instinctively
draws off from him . “ Says Greenhill , in the course of a dismal conversation , “ I
am so weak that I could eat a piece of a man . ” On the tenth day Bodenham
refuses to ...
Gabbett and Greenhill pursue him in vain , and return with curses . “ He ' ll die like
a dog , ” says Greenhill , “ alone in the bush . ” Jemmy Vetch , with his intellect
acute as ever , thinks that Cornelius prefers such a death to the one in store for ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - madepercy - LibraryThing
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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