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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Export ed edition (8 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0571204082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571204083
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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Amazon Review

In True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey returns to the harsh, brutal world of Australian history, so brilliantly evoked in earlier novels such as Illywhacker and Oscar and Lucinda. Set in the desolate settler communities north of Melbourne in the late 19th century, the novel is told in the form of a journal, written by the famous outlaw and "bushranger" Ned Kelly, to a daughter he will never see. As Kelly explains, "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 lies may I burn in hell if I speak false".

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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

Review

" A spectacular feat of imagination." - "The Boston Globe
"" Vastly entertaining... . Triumphantly eclectic, as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James." - "The New York Times
"
" The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high." - John Updike, "The New Yorker
"" Carey succeeds in creating an account that not only feels authentic but also passes as a serious novel and solid, old-fashioned ' entertainment.' A big, meaty novel, blending Dickens and Cormac McCarthy with a distinctly
Australian strain of melancholy." - "San Francisco Chronicle
"
" Abravura performance... . Rewards the persistent reader with a powerful emotional experience." - "The Wall Street Journal
"" Carey' s pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva." - "Los Angeles Times
"
" The power and charm of [this book] arise not from fidelity to facts but rather from the voice Carey invents for Ned Kelly... ." - "Time
"
" So adroit that you never doubt it' s Kelly' s own words you' re reading in the headlong, action-packed story." - "Newsweek
"
" This novel is worth our best attention." - "The" "Washington Post Book World
"" Anavalanche of a novel... . Cary has raised a national legend to the level of an international myth." - "Christian Science Monitor"
" Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos . . . contains pretty much everything you could ask of a novel." - "The New York Times Book Review"
" The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high." - John Updike, "The New Yorker
"
" Carey' s pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva." - "Los Angeles Times
"

"A spectacular feat of imagination."-"The Boston Globe
""Vastly entertaining.... Triumphantly eclectic, as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James."-"The New York Times
"
"The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high."-John Updike, "The New Yorker
""Carey succeeds in creating an account that not only feels authentic but also passes as a serious novel and solid, old-fashioned 'entertainment.' A big, meaty novel, blending Dickens and Cormac McCarthy with a distinctly
Australian strain of melancholy."-"San Francisco Chronicle
"
"Abravura performance.... Rewards the persistent reader with a powerful emotional experience."-"The Wall Street Journal
""Carey's pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva."-"Los Angeles Times
"
"The power and charm of [this book] arise not from fidelity to facts but rather from the voice Carey invents for Ned Kelly...."-"Time
"
"So adroit that you never doubt it's Kelly's own words you're reading in the headlong, action-packed story."-"Newsweek
"
"This novel is worth our best attention."-"The""Washington Post Book World
""An avalanche of a novel.... Cary has raised a national legend to the level of an international myth."-"Christian Science Monitor"
"Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos . . . contains pretty much everything you could ask of a novel." -"The New York Times Book Review"
"The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high." -John Updike, "The New Yorker
"
"Carey's pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva." -"Los Angeles Times
"

A spectacular feat of imagination. "The Boston Globe
" Vastly entertaining . Triumphantly eclectic, as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James. "The New York Times
"
The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high. John Updike, "The New Yorker
" Carey succeeds in creating an account that not only feels authentic but also passes as a serious novel and solid, old-fashioned entertainment. A big, meaty novel, blending Dickens and Cormac McCarthy with a distinctly
Australian strain of melancholy. "San Francisco Chronicle
"
Abravura performance . Rewards the persistent reader with a powerful emotional experience. "The Wall Street Journal
" Carey s pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva. "Los Angeles Times
"
The power and charm of [this book] arise not from fidelity to facts but rather from the voice Carey invents for Ned Kelly . "Time
"
So adroit that you never doubt it s Kelly s own words you re reading in the headlong, action-packed story. "Newsweek
"
This novel is worth our best attention. "The" "Washington Post Book World
" An avalanche of a novel . Cary has raised a national legend to the level of an international myth. "Christian Science Monitor"
Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos . . . contains pretty much everything you could ask of a novel. "The New York Times Book Review"
The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high. John Updike, "The New Yorker
"
Carey s pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva. "Los Angeles Times
""

"A spectacular feat of imagination."--The Boston Globe

"Vastly entertaining.... Triumphantly eclectic, as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James."--The New York Times

"The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high."--John Updike, The New Yorker
"Carey succeeds in creating an account that not only feels authentic but also passes as a serious novel and solid, old-fashioned 'entertainment.' A big, meaty novel, blending Dickens and Cormac McCarthy with a distinctly
Australian strain of melancholy."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Abravura performance.... Rewards the persistent reader with a powerful emotional experience."--The Wall Street Journal
"Carey's pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva."--Los Angeles Times

"The power and charm of [this book] arise not from fidelity to facts but rather from the voice Carey invents for Ned Kelly...."--Time

"So adroit that you never doubt it's Kelly's own words you're reading in the headlong, action-packed story."--Newsweek

"This novel is worth our best attention."--The Washington Post Book World
"An avalanche of a novel.... Cary has raised a national legend to the level of an international myth."--Christian Science Monitor
"Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos . . . contains pretty much everything you could ask of a novel." --The New York Times Book Review
"The ingenuity, empathy, and poetic ear that the novelist brings to his feat of imposture cannot be rated too high." --John Updike, The New Yorker

"Carey's pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva." --Los Angeles Times
-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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This is a "western" which gallops to life, and the reader feels the grit, smells the dust, and agonizes with desperate characters as they are tossed every which way, not by their own deliberate decisions so much as by the unpredictability of their Australian frontier existence.
Ned Kelly, the Jesse James of Australia, becomes human here, not a monstrous blackguard so much as a man who is forced to make impossible choices. In this tale, which purports to be the hand-written autobiography he wants to leave for his baby daughter, we follow his childhood in poverty, his reluctant "apprenticeship" to the villainous Harry Powers, his cruel imprisonment by corrupt authorities, and his attempts to stay out of trouble upon his release. The judicial system's attack on his mother, however, becomes the catalyst for Ned's life in crime, a life which the reader understands could have been completely different, had authorities simply shown more compassion.
Carey is masterful in using small details to show contrasts and to make the big picture come alive. A new pair of soft boots achieves almost mystical significance--the ecstasy of their acquisition contrasting with the strength achieved through their sacrifice. "Fresh bread and jam...barley and mutton soup," served to Ned in jail, provide poignant contrast to the poorer, leaner fare on the farm. And a red silk dress becomes a symbol for corruption in one context and love in another.
This is a vigorous, exuberant, and uncompromising vision of wilderness life and death. It is the sensitive portrayal of a young man forced to make impossible decisions to save and protect his family. And it is a passionate love story told with a warmth and sympathy that is all the more poignant for its contrast with the murder and death which accompany it. Satisfying and rewarding on all levels.
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Yes it won the Booker price, and yes I loved it but its' important that you realise that there is no guarentee that you will enjoy it.
The written style is main thing to worry about. The narrators voice, Ned Kelly, can be a hard read. I've heard of people who have said that the found the books style a real grind to read and have never even finished the book. For me Ned Kelly's voice is utterly unique, free of the over intellectual prose of many authors. I was swept away, inside his head, into his world. I had never read anything like it.
It is clear Peter Carey has done a vast amount of research as well as made a massive leap of imagination. The gritty story is filled with tender and powerfully sad moments. It is certainly one of the most accomplished books I have read.
My advice, read a few pages or passages before you buy. If it you like the sound of it then go for it.
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As others have commented the book can be hard to read and can be difficult to get into, especially as it is over 400 pages long.

It is a very well researched and written book though, but for many the style of writing could be off putting.
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To be honest I had not heard of Peter Carey before I had heard about this book. I bought the book and found I was completely drawn into this world of Australian settlers/immigrants lives in the mid 19 th century. Ned voice was given a clarity and such depth I found I could not put this book down. I did, however, find myself wanting to find out more of Ned, and his descendants....great book. I loved it.
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'I do not know what childhood or youth I ever had. What remained if any were finally taken away inside that gaol boiled off me like fat and marrow is rendered within the tallow pot'.
An absorbing narrative, supposedly by Kelly himself and intended for his daughter, this brings out the brutality of late 19th century life in Australia. With power firmly in the hands of the Anglo-Australians, the poor Irish were at their mercy.
A cumulation of events, notably the imprisonment of his beloved mother, propels him to extreme action...
From beginning this book with a vague impression of Kelly as just an outlaw who got his comeuppance, I finished it with a lot of empathy for his hard life and was rooting for him. Sometimes it felt like it just went from one violent incident to the next; nonetheless it kept me reading and will remain with me.
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This is a riveting story of the struggle of a family to survive in nineteenth-century Australia. It is told by Ned Kelly himself and the language is correspondingly unpolished with very little use of punctuation. After the first chapter or so, however, you stop noticing the language and get involved in the story. This book has been greatly hyped because of the Booker Prize but it's probably one you should judge for yourself. There's lots that's worth reading even if you're not Australian!
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I don't often read novels, much preferring to view the characters, their emotion, the surroundings and any action unfold on screen. Peter Carey has, however, through taking a completely new approach to using the first person narrative, seized my imagination and achieved all that I would ask from a film in 421 pages of pure class.

Authors have attempted to tell the folk tale of the notorious Kelly Gang, but none have achieved such success as Carey. The story is told from the perspective of Ned Kelly, the leader of the gang and a supposed bank robber, horse thief, and murderer. He explains the life that led to him becoming Australia's most wanted man. Carey has written this novel in the form of rough, coarse, intimate entries by Kelly in a journal meant for the daughter he would never live to see. The famous bushranger outlines what took place during bank robberies and confrontations with the crooked men of the law- resulting in his persona of the people's very own Robin Hood. It is filled with such emotion that it is hard to remember it's not Kelly's own words. The sentences are compacted together without punctuation and scrawled in basic grammar. This is hard to grasp for the first few pages, but once you realise it's intention - to be as if its come straight from the outlaw's hand- it gives a refreshingly unique effect that nothing I have read before compares to.

We are not given any preconceptions of what a character is like, who they are, how they act as you would be in most other stories- but how Kelly sees, and feels about each character who impacted his life, whilst leaving us able to make our own judgement. Take the example of his relationship with his mother.
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