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The salty, colloquial, unpunctuated style of Kelly's journal is reproduced with great skill, as Carey recounts the outlaw's early life with a cross-dressing, Irish immigrant sheep worker, and a beautiful but headstrong mother, always on the wrong side of the law. Inadvertently causing the arrest and death of his father, Ned realises that "there were a drought and nothing flourishing there but misery I were the oldest son I thought it time to earn my place", a decision that ultimately leads him into conflict with the law, and to form the notorious Kelly Gang.
The novel contains some wonderfully lyrical and deeply moving moments, as Ned struggles to articulate the harsh injustice of the world around him, but some readers might find Carey's epistolary style rather restrictive and colourless after the first 100 pages, and lacking in the imaginative excitement of Carey's earlier novels. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interesting look at 19th century Australia - good follow up to recent TV series 'Banished'Published 1 month ago by Pete
Interesting account of Ned Kelly, but not as good a read as Ian Jones " A short life of Ned Kelly"Published 2 months ago by peter walton
True history of the Kelly gang. Took a while to 'get into' the style of writing but otherwise it was a good read with many pleasantly surprising facts brought to light.Published 3 months ago by patricia stocks
My son needed this book for his A level English and it was a good price.Published 4 months ago by Michelle Pilling
This was not a long or particularly difficult read IMHO but perhaps my expectations were too great. I had hoped to find a more elaborate and sweeping tale of rural Victoria with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jack Ireland