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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Australian publication of the novel must have been satisfying to Clarke . However
, he and most of his fellow littérateurs also wanted recognition in Britain . Even
though they had left their homeland , cultural loyalties to the old country were ...
Although based on events in the novel , this version is designed as a children ' s
book and all the outcomes , complemented by the illustrations , are happy ones .
A sensation novel full of dramatic incidents , His Natural Life has proved well ...
Other notes identify people, explain terms once common and help locate the
action of the novel, assisted by maps of Tasmania and Norfolk Island. Altogether,
the intention is to make this essentially Victorian novel more readily
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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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