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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As he did so , all bewildered , and with the one savage instinct of self -
preservation predominant over all other thoughts , he became conscious of a
huge black mass surging upon him out of the darkness . An instant ' s buffet with
the current ...
He felt round about him in the darkness for some stick or stone that “ would serve
as a weapon . In vain . His fingers clutched nothing but ' the prickly scrub and the
coarse grass . The sweat ran down his face . With staring eyeballs , and ...
He remembered the little stream into which — in his flight of the previous night -
he had so nearly fallen , and hoped to be bable under cover of the darkness to
steal round the reef and reach it unobserved . His desperate scheme was then to
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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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