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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His gaze rested upon the pale face of the affrighted Sylvia , and then turned to
Frere . There could be no mistaking the mute appeal of those eloquent eyes . "
Yes , I ' ll take care of her , ” said Frere . Bates smiled , and then observing that
The rustle of a silk dress behind the terrier betrayed the presence of a woman ;
and Frere , rounding the promontory of an ottoman , found himself face to face
with Sarah Purfoy . “ Thank you for coming , ” she said . “ Pray , sit down . ” This
His face " had flushed scarlet , great drops of sweat stood on his forehead , and
his black eyes glared in the direction from whence the sound came , as though
they would pierce the envious wood that separated him from the woman whose ...
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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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