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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Despairing of winning his coveted liberty by fair means , and Coppressed at the
hideous ' thought of a life in chains , he twice attempted to escape , but escape
was even more hopeless than it had been at Hell ' s Gates . The Peninsula of Port
1 – 1 - thought you might like to — to — pray a bit , ” ' says Bland . The notion
seemed to sober the senses of the old man , exalted too fiercely by his good %
fortune . “ Ay , ” he said . “ Pray ! A good thought ! " and he knelt " down , and
So the boat set off , North laughing uproariously at the thought of being late .
Frere observed with some astonishment that the chaplain wrapped himself in a
boat cloak that lay in the stern sheets . “ Does the fellow want to smother himself
in a ...
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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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