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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The convict sighed . “ Too far to swim now , though I might have done it once . But
this sort of life weakens a man . It must be done , after all . ” “ What are you going
to do ? " asked Frere . “ To kill the goat . ” Sylvia uttered a little cry ; she had ...
23 Views of women convicts had a similar range , but followed a different time -
pattern . ... 24 Portia Robinson , most notably , has responded with portrayal of
convict women joining others of their sex to give decency and vigour to early New
Clarke saw the mass of convicts as victims . ... 29 The usual convict in His Natural
Life is at best shabby , sometimes repellent . On the one occasion when , via
Sylvia Frere , Clarke speculated as to hidden potential among the convicts , he ...
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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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