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 , his alter ego , alone should live . Rufus Dawes — the convicted
felon , the suspected murderer , should live to claim his freedom , and work out
his vengeance ; or , rendered powerful by the terrible experience of the prison ...
... his restless fingers , and his bloodshot , wandering eyes , there " seemed to
live a hint of some terror more awful than the terror of starvation — a memory of a
tragedy played out in the gloomy depths of that forest which had vomited him
Morning breaks clear and bright , and — free for the first time in ten years — they
comprehend that their terrible journey has begun . “ Where are we to go ? — How
are we to live ? ” asks Bodenham , scanning the barren bush that stretches 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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