True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

Book - 2002
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"I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false."

In True History of the Kelly Gang , the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2002.
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed.
ISBN: 9780375724671
0375724672
Characteristics: 368 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.

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baldand
Apr 23, 2016

Peter Carey comes from the same part of Victoria State as Ned Kelly and grew up with the landscapes painted so evocatively in this book. It is a terrible tale of how a corrupt class-conscious colonial society turned a good-hearted hard-working child of Irish immigrants into a thief and a killer. Nevertheless, the book is a joy to read because of its poetic style, Peter Carey's ear for dialogue and his wonderful sense of humour.

Jane60201 Sep 30, 2013

I read it because I liked Olivier and Parrot in America but didn't like it nearly as well and didn't actually finish it.

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bjessima
Sep 05, 2013

Wonderful. The use of venacular was difficult at first but what a read. An insight to a world that was not long ago but was one that I had no experience with. Not for all, but excellent

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

This book about Australia's infamous "Kelly Gang" just was not exciting.

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Hadley
Dec 04, 2007

Great book, written in a unique voice.

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