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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An anonymous piece entitled ' Port Arthur ' , published in the Australasian on 10
February 1866 ( and in the Brisbane Courier on 19 February 1866 ) , may be MC '
s and , if so , must be based on an earlier visit of which nothing is known .
And are the men at Port Arthur old men ? ” asked Meekin . “ Old convicts , ”
returned Vickers . “ It ' s our place for ' colonial sentence ' men . 2 The worst we
have are there . It has taken the place of Macquarie Harbour . What excitement
In 1834 Arthur established at Point Puer , near Port Arthur , a reformatory for
juveniles , who usually came direct from Britain . Commandant at Port Arthur
between 1833 and 1844 was Charles O ' Hara Booth , a military man 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
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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