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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Frere returned . “ Come here , and I ' ll tell you a story . ” Mrs . Vickers had gone
back to her cave , and the two were alone by the fire , near which stood the kettle
... The wicked bthought to frighten this helpless creature came to Maurice Frere .
Yes ; two days ago , and have left us here to starve . ” Rufus Dawes burst into a
laugh so discordant that it made the other shudder . “ We ' ll starve together ,
Maurice Frere , ” said he ; " for while you ' ve a crust , I ' ll share it . If I don ' t get
Frere , feeding the fire , thought that the chance he had so longed for had come .
With the mother at the point of death , and the child delirious , who could testify to
this hated convict ' s skilfulness . No one but Mr . Maurice Frere , and Mr ...
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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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