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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And wreathing her arms around the man ' s head , she pulled it down ' on to her
bosom , rocking it there , half savagely , to and fro . Awed into obedience by her
voice , Miles dipped a pannikin into a small unheaded puncheon , cleated in the
... he reached the hatchway , he was met by the ascending giant , ' who , uttered a
hideous oath at the sight of this unexpected adversary , band too close to strike
him , locked him in his " arms , and the two men went down together . The guard ...
He became afraid to look behind him , lest some shapeless mass of ' mid - sea -
birthsome voracious polyp with ' far reaching arms and jellied mouth ever open to
devour — might ' not slide up over the edge of the dripping caves ' below and ...
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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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