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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She cast her eyes down to the deck , and a modest flush rose in her cheeks . “ I
have so much to do , ” she said , in a " half whisper . “ There are so many eyes
upon me , I cannot stir without being seen . ” She raised her head as she spoke ...
The four exiles lay in her almost without breath . All at once Dawes uttered a cry , '
and , seizing the sheet , put the clumsy craft about . “ A sail ! a sail ! ” he cried . “
Do you not see her ? ” Frere ' s hungry eyes ranged the dull water in vain .
She holds to her own opinion , and looks at me with ' eyes that seem to have a
rising horror in them . This " unborn terror in her face is perplexing . " You are
nervous , ” I said . “ You want rest . ” " I am nervous , ” she replied , with that
candour of ...
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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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