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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A man ' s thoughts are different from a woman ' s , ” she said ; " he has his
business and his worldly cares , of which a woman knows nothing . I must comfort
him , and not ' afflict him with my follies . ” As for Maurice , he grew sometimes
Wait till the old woman ' s dead , Tomkins , and you shall see ! ” More swearing ,
and awful threats of what the inebriate would do when he was in possession . “
Bring up some brandy ! ” Crash goes the bottle in the fireplace . “ Light up the ...
Yet I think there are cases in which a man who loved would be justified in making
a woman happy at the risk of his ... There are few men who can endure to be “ cut
, ” slighted , pointed at , and women suffer more than men in these regards .
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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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