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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It is a great misfortune ; but , of course , you will take such steps — ” “ It is only in
the prison as yet , ” says Pine , with a grim emphasis on the word ; “ but there is
no saying how long it may stop there . I have got three men down as it is .
On the 16th , at noon , I again forced myself on deck , and taking a meridian
observation , altered the course of the brig to east and by south , wishing to run to
the southward of New Zealand , out of the usual track of shipping ; and having a ...
Of course , I am wrong ; of ' course , I outrage my character as a priest ; of course I
endanger - according to the creed I teach - my soul and hers . But priests ,
unluckily , have hearts and passions as well as other men . Thank God , as yet , I
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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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