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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Haggard and pale , he rose to his feet , and scarcely daring to think about what
he proposed to do , ran towards the boat . As he ran , however , the voice that he
had heard ' seemed to encourage him . “ Your life is of more importance than ...
He had descended some ninety feet , and had lost in the devious windings of his
downward ' path all but the reflection of the light from the gallery , when he was
rewarded by a glimpse of sunshine striking upwards . He parted two enormous ...
Back through the scrub they drag their heavy feet . That night they eat the last
crumb of the loaf . The third day at high noon — after some toilsome walking they
reach a big hill , now called Collins ' Mount , and see the upper link of the earring
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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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