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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Rufus Dawes touched his cap , saluting in ' half military fashion . " I ' ll make some
of you fellows smart , if you don ' t have a care , ” went on the angry Frere , half to
himself and half aloud . “ Insolent blackguards ! ” And then the noise of the ...
Pine laughed a ' half pitying , " half angry laugh . " A convict , of course . Who else
should it be ? They are reeking like bullocks at Smithfield 16 down there . A
hundred and eighty men penned into a place fifty feet long , with the air like an ...
Amongst " these half - dozen was stated to be ' that notable villain , “ the notorious
Dawes . ” This statement gave fresh food for recollection and invention . It was
remembered that “ the notorious Dawes ” was the absconder who had been ...
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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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