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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With a great clanking and clashing of irons , the forty ' got erect , and stood each
by his stone - heap . The third constable came round , rapping the leg - irons of
each man with easy nonchalance , and roughly pulling up the coarse trousers ...
You ' ll spend your Christmas at the ' mines , " and congratulated himself upon the
fact that Rufus Dawes merely touched his cap and went on with his stone -
cracking in silence . Certainly " double - irons and hard labour were fine things ...
The unlucky Scott , standing in melancholy attitude by the empty irons , muttered
something about the sun having been in his eyes . “ I don ' t know how it was , sir .
I ought to have hit him , for certain . I think I did touch him , too , as he went up ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - madepercy - LibraryThing
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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