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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Curse it , Sarah , what is a fellow to do ? ” His profligacy was failing him rapidly . “
What is the use of playing fast and loose with a fellow this way ? ” “ A ' fellow '
should be able to take care of himself , Mr . Frere . I didn ' t ask you to fall in love ...
A dangerous fellow , ” says Pine , with the light upraised . “ A very dangerous
fellow — that is , he was . This is the place , you see a regular rat - hole ; but what
can one do ? ” “ Come let us get on deck , ” said Vickers , with a shudder of
says Maurice , " pettishly . “ He ' s a good fellow enough . Besides , I ' ve seen the
doctor ' s certificate . It ' s all a trumped - up story . I can ' t understand your absurd
sympathy with prisoners . ” “ Don ' t they sometimes deserve sympathy ?
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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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