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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For four days he wandered aimlessly through the bush . He had given up all
hopes of making the overland journey , and “ yet as long as his scanty supply of
food held out , he strove to keep away from the settlement . Unable to resist the
On the summit of the hill which overlooked the bguard - tower of the settlement
was a gigantic gum - tree stump , upon the top of which was placed a semaphore
. This semaphore communicated with the two wings of the prison - Eaglehawk ...
Pacific island , French penal settlement 1864 - 97 : see MC ' s ' The Story of a
Communist ' , Argus , 24 April 1873 , p . 7 . . . In Macquarie Ilarbour , on the w .
coast of Tasmania , Sarah Island was a penal settlement 1822 – 33 , 1846 – 47 ,
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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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