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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Then the black hull rising above them , had seemed a tower of strength , built to
defy the utmost violence of wind and wave , now it was but a slip of wood floating
— * as it seemed by sufferance — on an unknown depth of black , fathomless ...
They seemed as though they had been left purposely for him . Heaven had sent
him the very disguise he needed ! The night had passed during his reverie , and
the first faint streaks of dawn began to lighten in the sky . Haggard and pale , he ...
With staring eyeballs , and bristling hair , he stared into the darkness , as if he
would dissipate it by the very intensity of his gaze . The noise was repeated , and
, piercing through the roar of wind and water , above and below him , seemed 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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