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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No matter what strait or poverty you plead — not if your life hangs upon the issue
— the instant I hear that there exists on earth one who calls himself Richard
Devine , that instant shall your mother ' s shame become a public scandal .
Educated prisoners are always the worst , ” says Vickers . “ James , some more
wine . We don ' t drink toasts here , but as this is Christmas Eve — ' Her Majesty
the Queen ! ' ” " Hear , hear , hear ! ” says Maurice . “ Her Majesty the Queen ...
491 : 26 North ] ~ , 491 : 33 hear ] hear you 494 : 6 passion , ) ~ 495 : 28
grindstone , ) ~ ; 496 : 3 emaciated , ] - 499 : 23 fixing ) fix 501 : 6 sin , ) ~ 501 : 10
sight ) Om . 501 : 11 in ) to 501 : 18 and ] ~ , 506 : 34 of the ) Om . 507 : 17
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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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