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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He was confronted by a " young man of two - andtwenty , unusually tall and
athletic ' in figure , ' who , dressed in rough seafaring clothes , " held in his arms , '
as if for protection , a lady of middle age . The face of Mthis young man wore an ...
Pardon me , my dear young lady , did I understand you rightly ? ” “ Yes ,
insubordination . He is her assigned servant , you know , " said Sylvia , as if such
a condition of things was the most ordinary in the world ; " and if he misbehaves
his “ natural coarseness of disposition ; but , as the affection for the pure young
girl , who looked upon him as her saviour from a dreadful death , increased in
honest strength , he had resolved to shut up those dark pages in his colonial ...
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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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