True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

Book - 2002
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The international bestseller and winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book.

Out of 19th century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations: Ned Kelly, the son of poor Irish immigrants, viewed by the authorities as a thief (especially of horses) and, as a cold-blooded killer. To the people, though, he was a patriot hounded unfairly by rich English landlords and their stooges. In the end, Kelly and his so-called gang (his younger brother and two friends) led a massive police manhunt on a wild goose chase that lasted twenty months, in which Ned's talents as a bushman were augmented by bank robberies and the support of nearly everyone not in a uniform. His one demand - for which he would have surrendered himself was his jailed mother's freedom.

Executed by hanging more than a century ago, speaking as if from the grave, Kelly still resonates as the most potent legend in the land down under.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2002, c2001.
ISBN: 9780679311270
Characteristics: 368 p. :,map ;,21 cm.


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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.

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

Oct 01, 2011

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

Dec 04, 2007

Great book, written in a unique voice.

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