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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I ' ll burn a ' blue - light every hour for you Mr . Best ; and take care they don ' t
swamp you . Lower away , lads ! ” As the second prisoner took the oar of Frere ' s
boat , he uttered a ' sort of groan and fell forward , recovering himself instantly .
Beneath this vast and magnificent portal , shone a dull phosphoric light . Across
this livid space pale flashes of sheetlightning passed noiselessly . Behind it was
a dull and threatening murmur , made up of the grumbling of thunder , the falling
46 ) blue light Pyrotechnical preparation used for signalling at night before the
introduction of electric flashing lights and the Morse code . Also known as a
Bengal light . 2 ( p . 46 ) bull ' s eye Thick disk of glass inserted in the side of the
ship to ...
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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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