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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In moments of drama , Clarke was inclined to revert to the present mode ,
heightening the action and giving it more immediacy , as in the section about
Gabbett ' s cannibalism where it adds tension and excitement . While changes
from one ...
The present editor has seen two copies of 1878 : both title - pages bear the
shorter title , although the longer title appears on the spine of one copy , which is
inscribed with the owner ' s name and dated 1886 : the 1878 pages may have
It is the copy - text for the present edition , with Ei ' s variants listed at the foot of
the page . This edition , therefore , presents both the version encountered by the
first readership of MB , and that of E1 , which successive readerships have ...
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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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