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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forward and putting his arm round the child . “ Then I must kiss you ! ” To his
astonishment , ' Miss Sylvia , finding herself thus seized and kissed despite
herself , flushed scarlet , and , lifting up her tiny fist , struck him on the cheek with
all her ...
Delirium had succeeded to fever , and in the hour of safety the child had forgotten
her preserver . Rufus Dawes , overcome by this last cruel stroke of fortune , sat
down in the stern of the boat , with the child in his arms , speechless .
He had known her from a child , had loved her from a child , and had committed a
mean and cruel crime to obtain her ; but having got her , he was no nearer to the
mystery of her than before . She was all his own , he thought . Her golden hair ...
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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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