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 a cat allows a mouse to escape her for a while , so had he been permitted to
trifle with his fate , and lull himself with a sense of false security . Escape was
hopeless now . He never could escape ; and as the unhappy man raised his ...
fettered life as he possessed to the fact that he had “ in a measure assisted
Captain Frere to make bthat wonderful boat in which the escape of the marooned
party ' had been effected . It was remembered , also , how sullen and morose he
leaky brig , the South American slavery , the midnight escape , the desperate
rowing , the long , slow agony of starvation , and the heartsickness that must have
followed upon recapture and imprisonment . Surely the punishment of “ penal ...
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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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